Contact FutureLearn for Support
Skip main navigation
We use cookies to give you a better experience, if that’s ok you can close this message and carry on browsing. For more info read our cookies policy.
We use cookies to give you a better experience. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or read our cookies policy for more information.
Online course

Why do People Migrate? Theories

Explore theories about migration in greater depth and learn how migration is a constant phenomenon throughout human history.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Why do People Migrate? Theories

Move beyond the headlines about migration

In the second course in this two-part series, you will learn about different theoretical models that seek to explain why migration starts and why it continues. You will explore migration as a structural feature of our societies and examine individual’s choices to migrate. You will consider the role networks and institutions play in the movement of people. You will also hear from international experts about how migration theories can help us understand cases of labour migration in different world regions.

Download video: standard or HD

Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsMigration is a fundamental phenomenon in human history. People move, since prehistoric times. Pilgrims, peddlers, merchants, colonisers-- people moved escaping war and persecutions, but also in search of land, resources, opportunities, the dream of a better life. In the 19th century, migration started to be a mass phenomenon, also made easier by faster, safer, and cheaper transportation. Today, migration is an intrinsic feature of our globalising world. So why do people move? We will guide you through the complex world of migration-- analysing the different types of migration, the main actors involved, the policies in place, the motivations behind the decision to move. With this course, we aim to address two main questions. What triggers migration? Which factors influence migrants' decisions?

Skip to 1 minute and 28 secondsIf you are interested in understanding this phenomenon and seeing how theories can explain real life cases, access anytime, anywhere, your MOOC. Watch the videos. Share ideas. Ask for feedback. Join our learning community. Enrol now.

What topics will you cover?

  • Understanding migration as a global phenomenon

  • Why does migration start?

  • How does migration continue?

  • Theoretical approaches in practice

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

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

  • Identify the fundamental terminology used in theoretical debates on migration
  • Explore the main theoretical approaches
  • Explain the motivations for people to move and settle outside their home countries
  • Apply main theories to the interpretation of real case-studies

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in learning about migration. It would be useful if you had completed the first course in this series Why do People Migrate? Facts.

Who will you learn with?

Anna Triandafyllidou

Anna Triandafyllidou is Professor at the European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, where she directs the Cultural Pluralism Area in the Global Governance Programme.

Nick Dines

Nick Dines is research fellow at the European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies.

Who developed the course?

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.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $59 you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

Image access mobile

  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

Image certificate mobile

  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV
  • Includes free shipping

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.

Upgrade


Still want to know more? Check out our FAQs