Academic Catalog 2018–2019

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MIG725 Politics and Migration

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course examines migration as a political issue for sending and receiving countries. It also examines how migration issues are politically tackled on state, regional (e.g. EU and Gulf countries) and international levels (UN, IMO, ILO, World Bank). Furthermore, the course focuses on what goes on between migrant communities and politics in their ‘homelands’. The course puts great emphasis on empirical analyses of regimes of migration, citizenship and policies of border control. It examines politics of racism and xenophobia as well as transnationalism, migration and diaspora politics. It discusses, for instance, case studies on transnational activism in Europe and the Middle East; migration and multiculturalism in Europe, Canada, the United States, and Australia; diaspora politics and nationalism in Western and postcolonial Arab societies. The use of case studies allows the students to gain actual knowledge of transnational activism, migration and diaspora politics in specific contexts and their impact on inter- and intra-state relations.