Why do People Migrate? Theories

Free Online course
Why do People Migrate? Theories
8 Jan 2018

Explore theories about migration in greater depth and learn how migration is a constant phenomenon throughout human history.

Move beyond the headlines about migration
In the second course in this two-part series, you will learn about different theoretical models that seek to explain why migration starts and why it continues. You will explore migration as a structural feature of our societies and examine individual’s choices to migrate. You will consider the role networks and institutions play in the movement of people. You will also hear from international experts about how migration theories can help us understand cases of labour migration in different world regions.

What topics will you cover?
  1. Understanding migration as a global phenomenon
  2. Why does migration start?
  3. How does migration continue?
  4. Theoretical approaches in practice
By the end of the course, you'll be able to...
Identify the fundamental terminology used in theoretical debates on migration
Explain the motivations for people to move and settle outside their home countries
Explore the main theoretical approaches
Apply main theories to the interpretation of real case-studies

Who is the course for?
This course is for anyone interested in learning about migration. It would be useful if you had completed the first course in this series Why do People Migrate? Facts.

Who will you learn with?
Anna Triandafyllidou is Professor at the European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, where she directs the Cultural Pluralism Area in the Global Governance Programme.

Nick Dines is research fellow at the European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies


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