Netherlands, Utrecht

Migration, the Refugee Crisis and Global Aging

when 18 July 2016 - 29 July 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 ECTS

Some call the 21st century already the Age of Aging, for others it will become the Age of Migration and Asylum. This two week summer course on Migration, the Refugee Crisis and Global Aging will examine these global trends. On the one hand the changing demographics by migration and refugee flows due to a range of social-economic, security, urbanization, political and gender factors. On the other hand the rapid demographic global aging of the population. Maybe these trends and accompanying policies are more connected then one will and can imagine yet.

Migration, the Refugee Crisis and Global Aging is a two week summer course that from interdisciplinary perspectives examines trends in migration, refugee flows and global aging and interactions between them. Some scholars stress the negative effects of these demographic shifts, others see new challenges. E.g. Global aging does not incline everywhere with the same speed. Recent emerging economies will age later, but in a much higher speed than developed countries did. Migrant flows (delibarately and forced) are highly divers in push and pull factors and therefore not readily predictable. Global and local governmental organizations prepare, anticipate and try to mitigate the new economic, administrative and security issues with an array of policies. This counts for the challenging migration and refugee flows as well as for the impact of aging. The UN is one of the players in the international debate, but also local municipalities have their own issues to deal with an aging community and with incoming migrant groups. Shifts in demographic structures either by migration or by aging will bring macro, meso and micro issues of economic growth, urban planning, public welfare policies and cultural dilemma’s. The course will address academic research and debate as well as policies dilemma’s.

The course will provide participants:
1) An overview of main academic research and debates from demographic, security and gender perspectives, with a focus on comparative dilemma’s.
2) An overview of recent policies on the topics by main international institutes like EU organizations, UN committees, Help Age International and the International Organization for Migration.
3) A comprehensive understanding of the interrelated issues of migration, the refugee crisis and global aging from a social economic perspective of societal resilience (labor market) and policy perspectives like gender equality, violence, poverty, cultural dilemma’s and human rights like the Cologne case).
4) The ability to analyze challenges in global aging, migration and refugee flows by using theoretical insights and data, for sociological, demographical or economical analysis.

The course aims for the dissemination of the latest insights on dilemma’s and ways how resilient policies can address these.

Course leader

Prof.dr. Jeanne de Bruijn

Target group

The course is useful for Masters' students, academics and practitioners from anywhere in the world who are interested in or work in the fields of global and local aging and/or migration and refugees and their interrelationships

Course aim

At the end of this course students will have a thorough knowledge of the current academic and policy debates related to migration and refugee trends and global and local aging. They will be able to link these to broader social policy, gender and labor market theories as well as resilient solutions.

Fee info

EUR 0: Including housing

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