Especially in Europe today, migration is a topic of growing state, public and academic concern, and yet the debate is
often overshadowed by media sensationalism and misinformation. How should international migration be seen in today’s
increasingly globalised world? Starting with a historical overview of migration, this course will look at the various theoretical
approaches to the subject, including economic, sociological, political, and legal perspectives. The major actors involved in the
migration process both in home and host countries, including governments, NGOs, migration agencies, kinship/ethnic
networks, etc., and a typology of migration – from irregular/forced to regular (and the ‘grey area’ in between) – will be will be
identified and discussed.