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Law and the Framing of Migrants and Migration

Explore how discourses and law frame migrants and migration and whether the notion of migration crisis is justified.

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Examine how terminology affects public opinions on migrants

Civil war, violence, political instability and other reasons force millions of people to migrate every year, often in perilous conditions, often having no option but to put their trust in smugglers or traffickers who profit from their pain.

On this course, you’ll delve into the history of migration and why people move, before looking at the terminology that’s used to describe migrants and how that can affect narratives surrounding migration.

Investigate sources of international migration law

Migration is mainly governed by national immigration laws, but behind them sits a set of international legal instruments.

Can the law really make a difference in the complex and intertwined story of modern migration, and does it exist to protect people or borders?

You’ll develop tools for critical analysis of migration, allowing you to consider the shortcomings of international migration law. Then you’ll look at sovereignty, what it is, and why it’s relevant to migration.

Analyse media depictions of migration and migrants

The way the media frames migration has a huge effect on the public and even how laws are formulated. It’s important to understand how the media can influence the narrative around migrants and how they are treated.

You’ll assess the media’s role in migration, public opinion, and law by analysing its depictions of migrants and how it covers migration-related stories.

Understand what is meant by a migration crisis

This course will take you through a scholarly analysis of migrants as threats, which will bring you to a discussion on what is meant by the notion of migration crises. Using the tools you’ve developed, you’ll begin to critique the notion of migration crises, how this narrative has formed and the impact this has on migrants and migration.

What topics will you cover?

  • What is meant by a critical approach to international migration law
  • What constitutes international migration law?
  • Discourses on migration
  • Migration crises

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify sources of international migration law
  • Evaluate the ways the media and politicians shape the debates about migrants and migration
  • Develop tools to engage in a critical analysis of global migration
  • Engage in a critique about migration crises

Who is the course for?

This course has been designed for anyone looking to develop a critical understanding of migration laws. It will be of specific interest to people working for national and international governmental and non-governmental organisations involved in the field of migration, and also lawyers wanting to deepen their knowledge base.

Who will you learn with?

I am Senior Lecturer in Law at Kent Law School, University of Kent. I specialise in International Human Rights Law and International Migration Law.

Who developed the course?

The University of Kent

The University of Kent, the UK’s European university, is one of the country’s most dynamic universities. Established in 1965, it now has 19,850 students studying at its various campuses.

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Examine the history, context, and ever-evolving development of migration control exercised by sovereign states around the world.

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