Both goals will be tested by means of a written exam; while the second goal is tested by means of a few written assignments and a final paper.
- Students will obtain knowledge and insights in the main theories, research questions, empirical findings and policy in the field of migration, ethnic relations and integration of migrants.
- Students will be able to apply these insights to a particular problem in the field of migration, ethnic relations and integration of migrants.
The course focuses on main theories, research questions, empirical findings and policy issues in the field of migration, ethnic relations and integration of migrants. The course starts with the topic of international migration by discussing historical trends in migration, types of immigrants, main theories on why people migrate and a few empirical studies testing theoretical explanations in a particular context. Attention will be paid to immigration policy by discussing rationales and trends in (restrictive) immigration control policy and studies on its effectiveness. Subsequently, the course focuses on socio-economic and cultural integration by discussing the main theories and empirical findings on integration outcomes such as position on labour market and identification with national and ethnic group. Why is the unemployment level among (certain) immigrant groups relatively high and what are the explanations for a relatively weak identification with the national group or country of residence? The topic interethnic relations will be discussed from the perspective of the immigrant (group): To what extent have people with a (particular) immigrant background negative or positive attitudes towards the national group and other immigrant groups? And to what extent are the main theories on negative intergroup attitudes, mostly developed and tested from a majority perspective, relevant for immigrants’s attitudes towards other groups? Subsequently, the course will focus on more specific topics within the field of migration, integration and interethnic relations such as (mental) health among immigrant groups, human smuggling and trafficking, radicalization among immigrants and integration of refugees. The specific topics may vary each year due to the availability of guest lectures. |
Writing academic paper
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