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Migration, Mobilities and Citizenship

Explore who counts as a ‘migrant’ to better understand the processes and experiences of migration.

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Develop critical thinking skills around the concepts of migration and mobilities

This two-week multidisciplinary course will enable you to develop all the critical thinking skills you need surrounding the twin concepts of migration and mobilities.

You’ll explore contemporary human movements within their historical context, and will also cover the current global situation of COVID-19, as well as the relation of race and racism to migration.

Investigate when and to whom the terms ‘migrant’ and ‘migration’ are applicable

Firstly, you’ll decipher exactly what the concept of migration means and entails, and will also establish the difference between the meanings of ‘migrant’ and ‘immigrant’.

You’ll then understand what the consequences of the label ‘migrant’ are, using the experiences of individuals, extensive data sets and wider public debate.

Explore why people migrate using a range of different academic disciplines

Then, comparing a variety of different disciplinary contributions to the study of human movement, you’ll identify the reasons as to why people migrate using a range of personal experiences in host countries.

You’ll then assess the role of the media and of the law in shaping public perception of migrants and migration, before reflecting on the assumptions you bring to debates on migration.

Learn from migration studies experts at the University of Bristol

The study of migration mobilities at the University of Bristol crosses five faculties and 22 schools and departments. As well as interdisciplinary research expertise of more than 200 scholars working in this field, the course is also able to draw on strong international networks.

This means that you’ll have access to key thinkers within global institutions, as well as local and national communities of practice all around the globe.

What topics will you cover?

  • What is understood by ‘migrant’ in data, law and media/public opinion
  • What the consequences are of these different understandings for experiences, data and public debate
  • How different academic disciplines have explored why people migrate
  • How different academic disciplines have explored migrants’ experiences in host countries.

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  • Investigate when and to whom the terms ‘migrant’ and ‘migration’ are applicable, and what the consequences are of these labels.
  • Compare different disciplinary contributions to the study of human movement.
  • Assess the role of the media and of the law in shaping public perceptions of migrants and migration.
  • Reflect on the assumptions you bring to debates on migration.

Who is the course for?

This course is primarily geared towards people working within the fields of migration and asylum, such as NGOs, legal practitioners, national, international and local policymakers.

It’s also suitable to people working in related policy areas such as labour, welfare, human rights and social justice.

Who will you learn with?

I am the Director of Migration Mobilities Bristol and Professor of Migration, Mobilities and Citizenship at the University of Bristol.

I am a Specialist Research Institutes Manager for Migration Mobilities Bristol (www.bristol.ac.uk/mmb), University of Bristol and have worked in the migration research field for 20 years.

Who developed the course?

University of Bristol

University of Bristol is one of the leading institutions among the UK’s Russell Group of universities and is recognised for its research and academic excellence.


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