Migration/Global Migration

Migration/Global Migration is a sensitive issue but also a topic of study. Many universities now offer many courses to study in great detail the various dimensions of migration, local, regional and global.

Tel Aviv University offers MA in Global Migration and Policy designed for students with strong educational backgrounds, professional drive and, preferably, previous professional or activist experience. The program covers “topics on immigration and citizenship policies; legal and ethical perspectives on refuge and asylum; the labor market integration of immigrants; the challenges of social integration and ethnic identification of the “second generation”; marginalization and discrimination; migration and the environment; and best practices in international development and humanitarian aid, among other subjects.” (https://international.tau.ac.il/ma_global_migration_and_policy)

There is a wide variety of courses available in the United Kingdom. The University College London has an MSc in Global Migration. The programme combines theoretical and policy debates about migration and trained students to work with migrants and asylum seekers in different parts of the world, who aspire to posts in UN, EU, national policy think-tanks, government research and policy departments, NGOs, community-based and grassroots organizations.  (https://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/study/graduate-taught/msc-global-migration). The nine months M.Sc. Programme in Migration Studies at the University of Oxford “analyses global migration and mobility, in historical context, and as part of the broader processes of development and social change.” (https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/msc-migration-studies?wssl=1) The London School of Economics and Political Science offers MSc in International Migration and Public Policy which provides “a systematic multidisciplinary approach to central controversies in the comparative analysis of public policy responses to immigration and migrant integration issues across different levels of governance.” (http://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Graduate/Degree-programmes-2018/MSc-International-Migration-and-Public-Policy). The University of Kent runs an MA in International Migration. The programme permits “students to study migration – including human trafficking, asylum and forced migration as well as integration and citizenship.” (https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/56/international-migration). The University of Sussex has an MA in Migration and Global Development which helps students to “gain an advanced understanding of the complex relationship between migration and development.” (https://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/courses/global-studies/migration-and-global-development-ma). The Queen Mary University London offers MSc in Migration, Culture and Global Health. It helps students to “develop empirical and theoretical understandings of the range of health, wellness and healthcare concerns that are experienced by migrants and their families and how these occur across interconnected development contexts of ‘origin’, ‘destination’, ‘return’ and ‘transit’ countries.” (https://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/coursefinder/courses/200392.html). The Middlesex University London runs an MA in Migration, Society and Policy which focuses on migration and related socio-political and policy issues, combining theoretical, methodological and practice-oriented training relevant to a number of career routes in academia, policy-making, the public sector, the community sector and NGOs. (https://www.mdx.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/migration-society-policy) The University of Essex runs an MA in Migration Studies which “combines insights of sociological theory with the methodological tools highly in demand by government, NGOs and supranational institutions.” (https://www.essex.ac.uk/courses/pg01140/1/ma-migration-studies). The University of Glasgow offers MSc in Global Migrations and Social Justice. “It addresses questions such as who moves and why, who is allowed to settle and where, what are the roles of states, institutions and civil societies in these processes.” (https://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/globalmigrationssocialjusticemsc/).  The University of Swansea offers one year MSc by Research in Global Migration. (http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/science/geography/msc-by-research-global-migration/)

In the United States, the MA program in International Migration Studies at the City University of New York, The Graduate Center focuses on the subjects like International Migration, Global Immigrant Cities, Research Methods in International Migration, and Migration Policy. (https://www.gc.cuny.edu/Page-Elements/Academics-Research-Centers-Initiatives/Masters-Programs/International-Migration-Studies/Course-Offerings-Fall-2018). The University of San Francisco has a Master’s in Migration Studies. (https://www.usfca.edu/arts-sciences/graduate-programs/migration-studies)

Ryerson University, Canada runs an MA Program in Immigration and Settlement Studies (ISS). “The ISS Program provides fertile ground for knowledge enhancement and in-depth analysis of past and present migration patterns, policies, and practices” (https://www.ryerson.ca/graduate/programs/immigration/)

In Europe too, there is wide variation in the courses offered. The University of Copenhagen, Denmark offers MA in Advanced Migration Studies. The programme focuses on “humanities and social science approaches to migration, including ethnology, anthropology, sociology, sociology of religion, history, philosophy, political science, sociolinguistics, education, and literary and media studies.” (https://studies.ku.dk/masters/migration-studies/). The Aalborg University, Copenhagen runs an M.Sc. Programme in Global Refugee Studies with a strong research component and focuses on refugees and forced migration”. (https://www.en.aau.dk/education/master/development-international-relations/specialisations/global-refugee-studies)The Malmö University, Sweden offers one year Master’s degree programme in International Migration and Ethnic Relations. It deals with topics including “current international developments and research perspectives in migration and ethnic relations; the effects of globalisation and human mobility on societies, groups and individuals; the social and political adaptation and integration of ethnic minorities in different societies; issues of inclusion and exclusion of immigrants; majority-minority relations; and philosophical and ethical perspectives on life in diverse and complex societies.” (https://edu.mau.se/en/Program/SAIME). The Linköping University also runs MA in Ethnic and Migration Studies focuses on today’s emerging issues like “ethnicity and migration to global economic and cultural change, and to systems of domination and resistance movements.” (https://liu.se/en/education/program/f7mem) The Leiden University, The Netherlands has an MA in Cities, Migration and Global Interdependence which studies “processes of migration, urbanisation, economic development and global interaction through time.” (https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/education/study-programmes/master/history/cities-migration-and-global-interdependence)

The University of Ghana offers MA/MPhil in Migration Studies which focuses on “the key concepts, research and analysis in the economics, politics and law, geography, sociology, and anthropology of migration.” (http://cms.ug.edu.gh/mamphil-migration-studies). The Africa University offers Master of Science Programme in Migration, Citizenship and Refugee Protection.  It “offers students an understanding of the complex and varied nature of migration and refugee populations, of their centrality to global, regional and national processes of political, social and economic change, and of the needs and aspirations of displaced people.” ( http://www.africau.edu/programmes/MasterofScienceinMigrationCitizenshipandRefugeeProtection.html). The American University in Cairo has an MA in Migration and Refugee studies which aims to provide an understanding in “critical knowledge, research methods and analytical skills of current theoretical, legal, political, economic, social, demographic and psychological issues in migration and refugee studies.” (http://schools.aucegypt.edu/GAPP/cmrs/diplprog/Pages/Home.aspx)