Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Migration and Migration Control

UM LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course



DEPARTMENT International Relations

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will provide an overview of migration and migration control issues, with a particular focus on the Euro-Mediterranean region. The first part will introduce some general concepts and theories relevant for the study of international migration, followed by a brief overview of key historical episodes in international migration. The study-unit will then turn to a discussion of several currently important aspects of international migration, such as the relationship between migration and ‘globalisation’, migration and development, integration issues, as well as political and economic impacts of international migration.

The second part of the study-unit will focus on migration control policies, as a key area of state policy. Starting from the assumption that states seek to ‘monopolize the legitimate means of movement’, and using the concept of the ‘migration state’, it will consider the various dilemmas which migration control policies, internal as well as external, typically face. Particular attention will be given to the various aspects of the strategy of ‘externalisation’ of migration control. The study-unit will also discuss the (potential) differences between migration policies of ‘advanced’ industrialised states and those of the ‘Global South’.

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of this study-unit are to:

- Provide the students with an overview of the main theories and concepts relevant to the study of international migration;
- Provide an overview of key historical episodes in international migration;
- Examine some of the main (contemporary) issues pertaining to international migration, such as the relationship between migration, globalisation and development, integration issues, as well as political and economic impacts of migration;
- Discuss and critically assess migration control policies in ‘advanced’ industrialised states as well as countries of the ‘Global South’.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Explain past and current migratory patterns;
- Understand several current challenges pertaining to international migration;
- Analyse the various dilemmas facing states` migration control policies, at the internal as well as external levels.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Critically analyse the complex phenomenon of international migration;
- Critically analyse states’ migration control policies.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Marin Texts:

- Stephen Castles, Hein de Haas and Mark J. Miller, The Age of Migration, Palgrave Macmillan, London: 2019 (6th Edition).
- James F.Hollifield, Philip L. Martin, Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective, Stanford University Press, Stanford: 2014 (3rd Edition).
- Khalid Koser, International Migration. A very short Introduction, Oxford University Press, Oxford: 2016 (2nd edition).

Supplementary Readings:

- John Torpey, The Invention of the Passport. Surveillance, Citizenship and the State, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: 2000.
- Ruben Zaiotti (ed) Externalizing Migration Management. Europe, North America and the spread of 'remote control' practices, Routledge, London/New York: 2018.
- Christina Boswell and Andrew Geddes, Migration and Mobility in the European Union, Palgrave Macmillan, London: 2011.
- Fiona B Adamson and Gerasimos Tsourapas, ‘Migration Diplomacy in World Politics’, International Studies Perspectives (2019) 20(2): 113–128,
- Fiona B Adamson and Gerasimos Tsourapas, ‘The Migration State in the Global South: Nationalizing, Developmental, and Neoliberal Models of Migration Management’, International Migration Review (2020), 54(3); 853-882, .
- Jean-Pierre Cassarino, ‘Beyond the criminalisation of migration: a non-western perspective’, International Journal of Migration and Border Studies (2018), Vol. 4, No. 4: 397-411.
- Derek Lutterbeck, ‘Blue vs Green: The Challenges of Maritime Migration Controls’, Journal of Borderlands Studies (2019), DOI: 10.1080/08865655.2019.1652672.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Sept. Asst Session Weighting
Presentation SEM2 Yes 40%
Essay SEM2 Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Derek Lutterbeck


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