Mar 1st 2016

Why Do People Migrate? Part 2: Theories (iversity)

Why do people move? Which factors influence migrants' decisions? Which theories can explain migration? If you want to find the answers and learn how theories can explain real life cases: Enrol now!

The course approaches migration as a constant phenomenon in human history and examines its main supporting theories. It illustrates theories about people's individual decisions to migrate and also the factors of migration as a structural feature of our societies. It explains the role social networks and institutions play in making people move to another country, or return to their own. Finally, it includes interviews with international experts that describe how migration theories can help to understand some topical case studies of labour migrations in the world.

The course is based on video lectures, didactic videos and podcast interviews with international experts. Assignments consist of short quizzes for each unit and a journal exercise at the end of the course. Suggestions for further reading will be included in order to achieve a more in-depth understanding.

To learn more about irregular migration and asylum seeking, check out Part 1: Facts.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

- identify the fundamental terminology used in theoretical debates on migration;

- illustrate the main theoretical approaches that explain the motivations for people to move and settle outside their home countries;

- apply main theories to the interpretation of real case studies.