The Politics of Immigration Control

Melanie Kolbe

MINT094 | Autumn | 6 ECTS

This class seeks to examine issues of and rationales for immigration policy from a comparative political perspective, bringing together insights from a variety of social science disciplines including political science, sociology, economics and history. The first part of the class explores causes of migration and different types of migration, privileging questions on how countries can manage (or fail to manage) these types of migration. The second part of the course focuses on special issues in migration studies. In all of these debates the role of policy instruments, institutions and actors in the policy process receive privileged attention. This seminar also features an empirical research component, making prior knowledge and/or interest in empirical research design a desirable (but not necessary) precondition for taking this class.