Migration and Development [syllabus]

This course was co-developed and co-taught by myself and Prof. Dr. Luisa Feline Freier at the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the Universidad del Pacífico (Lima, Peru).


Since the end of the Cold War, migration has increasingly become a contentious issue in the domains of both domestic and foreign policy. Why do some countries maintain a viewpoint that migration is a central component of development, while others do everything in their power to limit the entry of immigrants, often for the sake of national security? What is the difference between migrants and refugees, and what responsibilities do states have towards them? Are there factors that facilitate or hinder migrant integration in host countries? What is the role of state and citizen in the ‘age of migration’? In the wake of events of mass displacement, such as Syrians fleeing war in the Middle East, African economic migrants and refugees trying to reach the European Union, or the exodus of Venezuelans because of political and economic instability in their home country, these questions are taking on increasing importance, both domestically and internationally.

This course is developed as an introduction to migration studies, seeking to make links between migration – forced and voluntary – and a variety of development topics. This course takes on an interdisciplinary approach that seeks to give students a broad yet focused sense of how migration and development intersect. Through the design and undertaking of a case study research project, students actively engage with the subject.

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