Migration Control in the Era of Climate Change
Vrije University - Summer & Winter graduate programs
EUR 630 *
Earliest start date
08 Jan 2024
* VU students
This course examines migration control policies, including labor market access and deportation, to understand European acceptance and rejection. It covers climate refugees, racialized group integration, and advanced control methods. Organizational processes for inclusive societies amid climate change are emphasized. Students can explore topics like migration enforcement, freedom of movement, labor rights, refugee status, and identity in mobility.
The course includes literature from Sociology, Organization Science, Anthropology, Political Science, International Relations, and Gender Studies. It underlines the value of qualitative methodologies and points to the richness of methods. The course starts with an introduction to the context of contemporary border and migration regimes, explicitly focusing on the nation-state sovereign power. Then the course delves into the top-down, meso, and bottom-up approaches to migration control. The literature should be read beforehand and discussed during our meetings.
Who can join?
The course is suitable for anyone interested in climate change transformations of migration control, and the policies and practices developed by the hosting states. The course welcomes a wide range of MA students, PhD candidates, and professionals in the field.
This course focuses on migration control policies and practices, from access to the labor market to deportation measures in order to investigate who is more likely to be welcomed (or rejected) from Europe and why. The course dives deep into scholarly discussions on the refugees’ recognition (who’s a climate refugee?), (differentiated) integration of racialized groups, and methods of migration control (e.g., smart borders). Special attention is paid to the processes of organizing at different international, national, and local levels that respond to the needs of more inclusive societies in an era of mass mobility and climate change.
Bringing together sensitive aspects of migration control, the course encourages students to challenge their understanding of migration and state borders, as well as the role of organizations in shaping our understanding of mobility. The course offers students the chance to focus on their own subject within the field of migration management, choosing between enforcement of migration control, moral and legal debates on the freedom of movement, lalaborights and social provisions for non-citizens, refugees’ legal status, or the hierarchization of identities during cross-border mobility.
At the end of the course:
The student will have acquired knowledge and understanding of:
- The intertwined role of various decision-makers in public and private organizations who shape identities and ethics or implement laws that regulate migration in Europe.
- The multifaced dynamics between migration, identities, and labor organization
- Debates around the current strategies and policies for migrants’ inclusion/exclusion.
The student has acquired the competencies to:
- Analyse several aspects and insights from various perspectives to specific case studies pertaining to the identities shaped during cross-border mobility and in the labor market.
- Take multiple, sometimes opposing interests into account when addressing problems such as migration laws and state borders, perceived identities, or organizational change.
The student demonstrates:
- A critical attitude toward the theory and practice of migration control, based on the assigned literature and the lectures.
- Ability to build an argument in support of a migration management strategy that is based on ethical grounds and aims to improve as many possible human livelihoods.
The student has acquired the skills to:
- Formulate critical questions in relation to literature and case studies presented in the course.
- Present in a creative form a team product that reveals the knowledge acquired or opens-up new debates in the field.
- Express knowledge and insights obtained in this course by writing a well-grounded essay.