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Why Do People Migrate? Facts

Get an introduction to one of the most misunderstood issues in the modern world: migration.

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Learn the facts about why people migrate

Migration often makes headlines; it’s become a key issue of politicians worldwide. But what is the reality of migration? This course will introduce you to key challenges of irregular migration and asylum seeking worldwide. You’ll look at key cases from around the globe, including asylum seekers arriving in Europe via the Mediterranean and Syrian refugees in Turkey, Central American labour migration to the USA and the Rohingya refugee challenge in Southeast Asia.

Skip to 0 minutes and 13 seconds Migration has characterized human societies throughout history. People move and move all over the world for many different reasons, fleeing danger, or looking for a better future. But is leaving one’s country really always a choice? What is the difference among migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers? They are all people. What makes them different is their status, based on motivations, and procedures. Which are the most traveled migrant routes in the world? What is the scope and impact of this phenomenon on economies, people, and communities worldwide? If you’re interested in learning the answer to these and many other questions, and dispel some myths on the issue of migration follow this course.

Skip to 1 minute and 5 seconds You will access stimulating readings and videos, get precious insight from international experts, and enjoy vibrant discussions on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, and test your learning. What are you waiting for? Enroll now.

What topics will you cover?

  • Definition of regular migration and asylum seeking
  • Forced and voluntary migration
  • The Syrian refugee crisis
  • The EU asylum regime
  • Politicising migration debates
  • Mexican and Central American labour migration to the USA
  • Gender and Latin American labour migration
  • The case of the Rohingya in southeast Asia
  • The ‘Pacific solution’ policy in Australia

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Identify main terms and concepts used to discuss irregular migration and asylum
  • Discuss key case studies from different world regions
  • Explore future scenarios of international migration
  • Assess the challenges that international migration poses for different countries

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in learning about migration, you don’t need any past experience.

Who will you learn with?

Anna Triandafyllidou is Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

Who developed the course?

European University Institute (EUI)

We are the European University Institute (EUI), the leading institute in Europe dedicated to social sciences and humanities. Founded in 1972 by the six original members of the then European Communities, the EUI has earned a reputation as a transnational hub of research and higher learning.

Canada Research Excellence Chair in Migration and Integration

The Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) program is among the most prestigious and generous programs available globally, enabling universities to build on Canada’s growing reputation as a leader in research and innovation. The program recognizes and supports world-renowned researchers and their teams with up to $10 million over seven years to establish ambitious research programs at Canadian universities.

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