As part of HREA’s new certificate program on Migration & Asylum, the following course will be offered from 18 September-29 October: Migration and Asylum (Foundation Course).
Course E07113: MIGRATION AND ASYLUM (FOUNDATION COURSE)
18 September-29 October 2013
Instructor: Albert Kraler
International migration is increasingly drawing the attention of policy makers, practitioners and societies at large. In this sense, we are indeed living in an “age of migration”, as a well known text book on migration puts it. Issues related to security and economic instability between and within countries are pushing the international legal and political frameworks to become more complex thus posing serious challenges to the protection of migrant’s rights.
Transnational population movements are not a new phenomenon. The overall current figures do not differ much from those of some decades ago: the share of migrants in the world population has remained relatively stable, at currently 3%, compared to some 2.5% in the 1960s. There are indeed reasons to believe that in the last quarter of the 19th century and the first decade of the 20th century, migrants constituted a similar if not higher share of the world population. These global figures, however, conceal considerable differences between different world regions. Thus, in the global North, and in particular in Europe and the US, migration and as corollary, the share of the population of migrant origin has indeed considerably risen in the past decades, and within these flows, in particular migration from the global South. By contrast, migration in the global South has by and large only risen insignificantly, or indeed declined, while refugee flows have considerably increased.
What has in particular changed over time are patterns of migration: at the beginning of the 21st century, far more countries are involved in international migration and over long distances. But also patterns of internal migration have considerably changed, as a result of rapidly growing rates of urbanization and related rural-urban migration in developing countries and emerging economies. Moreover, the political regulation of migration has radically changed compared to the beginning of the 20th of the century or even the first two decades following WW II. Today, there are few countries without any migration policy framework, whereas in the 1960s and 1970s even industrialized countries often only had partial regulations in place. At the beginning of the 20th century migration policy was even more rudimentary and only a handful of states (South Africa for instance or the US) had more elaborate rules on entry and stay of foreign nationals. In many others such as the Habsburg empire or the Russian empire, the control of internal movements was overall more important than regulation of international migration. While policies international protection were entirely absent before the interwar period, these gradually evolved after WW1 and were developed into a universal system of protection only with the 1967 protocoll of the 1951 Geneva Convention. Since then, protection policies have further evolved, notably on the regional level. These changes in the regulation of international migration have a considerable impact on patterns of movement and the opportunities closed or open for migrants. But also push and pull factors (such as the environmental degradation in certain countries or new labor market needs in the global north) as well as the routes and means for mobility have considerably evolved. Generally, these have varied greatly historically and geographically. So while geographical mobility is arguably part of the human condition, its forms, patterns, dynamics, meanings and impacts are highly contextual.
The e-learning course will introduce participants to different aspects of migration, both from a theoretical/conceptual and an empirical perspective. It will equip participants with an understanding of basic concepts and theories of migration, global trends in migration and data sources, the distinction between forced and voluntary movements, the regulation of migration and key components of the global migration regime, issues of justice arising in the context of migration, and migration and development. The course understands migration in generic terms, i.e. as any movement over geographical distance involving a minimum stay at the place of origin and the place of destination. The course thus covers both voluntary and forced forms of migration, regular and irregular movements and different specific reasons why people move.
The course involves approximately 30 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction among students and instructor, webinars, quizzes and a writing assignment, and is offered over a 6-week period. The course will integrate active and participatory learning approaches within activities and assignments, with an emphasis on reflective and collaborative learning. The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation. It is also possible to audit the course.
Week 1. Introduction to Main Concepts in Migration Discourse
Week 2. Global Trends in Migration and Data Sources
Week 3. Forced versus Voluntary Migration
Week 4. The Regulation of International Migration – Legal and Policy Frameworks
Week 5. International Migration and Social Justice
Week 6. Migration and Development
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WHO SHOULD APPLY
The courses are aimed at practitioners and professionals who want to gain knowledge in the field of migration and asylum such as: government officials dealing with migration and related issues (at local and national levels); policy makers; national authorities dealing with migration and asylum policies; staff of inter-governmental organisations such as the IOM and UNHCR; NGO staff members and service providers and students of law, international relations, politics and social sciences, among other. Participants should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution among the selected participants. The maximum number of course participants is 25. It is also possible to audit the courses. A Certificate of Participation will be awarded upon successful completion of the courses.
For a full list of courses offered in HREA’s Migration & Asylum certificate program, please visit www.hrea.org/migration .