Germany, Berlin

Migration & Urban Development

when 19 August 2019 - 30 August 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 950

This course tackles the prominent, yet wicked question, on how cities deal with migration and immigration and which role migration plays for their urban development. Our focus is on an internationally comparative perspective that allows to see migration as a constitutional part of different forms of mobility that are tied to the urban fabric. While most cities in the global North want to increase the number of their inhabitants and prevent shrinking, cities in the global South grow as fast as never in urban history.

We will consider approaches of formal urban planning as well as actions of the migration communities and the civil society. The course first offers an introduction into general knowledge on migration and the role of diasporas for urban development and frames this knowledge within its historical dimensions. The course then concentrates on different cases of the urban governance of migration in a variety of migration regimes (such as in capital cities like London, Berlin, Rome), which will allow to understand the different institutional settings within planning. Which strategies do cities develop to handle or even attract newcomers? And how do they articulate policies for the marginalized migrant population, for example through their housing and social policies? How do they react on informal settlements? The course will further highlight practices of the migrant population itself by highlighting the transnational character of many types of mobility and the way the diaspora is integrated into development programs.

Course leader

Prof. Dr. Felicitas Hillmann
Dr. Burcu Togral
Rueben Okine

Target group

Bachelor and Master students interested in migration and urban development.

Course aim

Students will learn to deal with migration and population statistics, they will get a sound overview on migration theories as part of social theories, they will get working materials in the field of urban planning as related to different forms of migration.

Students will have an overview on diaspora formation and how it relates to both migrant groups and cities.

The students will get insights on the practices of urban planning in different cities.

Fee info

EUR 950: The fee includes: the Summer School academic program, transportation ticket and some extracurricular activities.