Netherlands, Utrecht

Global Migration and Development

when 2 July 2012 - 13 July 2012
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 895

Migrants as key agents
The relationship between migration and development has attracted increasing attention from researchers, NGO’s and policy-makers in recent years. Migrants are increasingly seen as key agents in facilitating development transferring economic, social and cultural capital from destination countries to those of origin. However it is still necessary to unpack some of the issues and to ask: Who are the migrants? What kind of development? Where does, can and should development take place? Why? And how?

Multiple political, economic, social and cultural structures
The linkages between migration and development are context-specific, complex and dynamic. More and more people are involved in circulatory movements across borders and are embedded in two or multiple political, economic, social and cultural structures. That is why the validity of dichotomous notions is being challenged such as sending versus receiving countries, brain drain versus brain gain and immigrantversus emigrant. Newer concepts such as brain circulation, transnational communities and development chains have been introduced to denote dynamic processes surrounding human mobilities and development in our contemporary world.

Linkages between natural resource issues, migration and development
This course introduces students to key concepts and empirical research on global migration, mobilities and development. Starting with an overview of dominant theories and methodologies in the field, we will proceed to explore topics such as migrants as agents of development in their places of ’origin’ and ’destination’, development as changes realised at different spatial scales (from individual level, to household, village/town/city, nation and region), labour migration, refugees, student mobility, professional migration, as well as linkages between natural resource issues, migration and development.

Diverse disciplinary and backgrounds
The programme comprises diverse activities including an expert panel showcasing cutting-edge conceptualisations and empirical research on related topics, lectures, workshops, excursions and a meeting with relevant NGO’s that are planned to enrich students’ conceptual knowledge and practical experiences. Students will be taught by a number of international scholars from diverse disciplinary and backgrounds using different media. They will be exposed to multiple ways of thinking about and conducting research on issues related to mobilities and development.

Course leader

Dr. Maggi Leung

Target group

Admission is open to master’s students with a background in development studies, migration studies and related fields and to academics and practitioners with an interest in global migration.
Maximum number of participants: 25

Course aim

To introduce students to key concepts and empirical research on global migration, mobilities and development.

Credits info

3 EC
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 895: Course + course materials + housing


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