• European University Institute logo
  • CERC logo

Why Do People Migrate? Facts

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

7,455 enrolled on this course

Why Do People Migrate? Facts
  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

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

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

Add to Wishlist to be emailed when new dates are announced

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

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)

The European University Institute offers doctoral and post-doctoral training in the social sciences. It hosts the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and the Historical Archives of the EU.

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.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

Want to know more about learning on FutureLearn? Using FutureLearn

Do you know someone who'd love this course? Tell them about it...

You can use the hashtag #FLmigrationfacts to talk about this course on social media.