GV4A5      Half Unit
International Migration and Immigration Management

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Eiko Thielemann CON3.14


This course is compulsory on the MSc in International Migration and Public Policy. This course is available on the MSc in Comparative Politics, MSc in Comparative Politics, MSc in Comparative Politics, MSc in Comparative Politics, MSc in Comparative Politics, MSc in Comparative Politics, MSc in Comparative Politics, MSc in European Studies: Ideas and Identities, MSc in European Studies: Ideas and Identities (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in Global Politics, MSc in International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management, MSc in Political Economy of Europe, MSc in Politics and Government in the European Union and MSc in Public Policy and Administration. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course has limited availability and requires that students (regardless of Department or MSc programme) obtain permission from the teacher responsible via the ‘LSE For You’ capped course management system.  This course is capped at 2 groups.   The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, 11 October 2013.

Students on other relevant degree programmes may attend subject to numbers, their own degree regulations and the written permission of the teacher responsible

Course content

This course offers a theoretically informed account of the challenges posed by international migration and resulting policy responses. The focus is on the comparative analysis of immigration control policies in OECD countries.
The course is structured in three parts. The first introduces a number of theoretical models that seek to explain the dynamics of international migration, migration control and migrant integration, addressing questions such as: Why do people migrate? Why do states accept migration? The second, comparative, part deals with national public policy responses to the issue of asylum & refugees, 'illegal' migration & human trafficking and(legal) immigration. The final part focuses on the analysis of multilateral policy initiatives on migration management at the global, regional and bi-lateral level.


10 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the MT. 1 hour of lectures and 1 hour and 30 minutes of seminars in the ST.

Formative coursework

All students are expected to submit two non-assessed essays.

Indicative reading

There is no single textbook but the following texts are useful introductions: M Baldwin-Edwards & M Schain, The Politics of Immigration in Western Europe, 1994;A. Betts,  Protection by Persuasion: International Cooperation in the Refugee Regime,  2009); A. Betts, Global Migration Governance, 2010; C Boswell, European Migration Policies in Flux: Changing Patterns of Inclusion and Exclusion, 2003; C Brettell, Migration Theory: Talking Across the Disciplines, 2000; S Castle & M J Miller, The Age of Migration, 1998; W A Cornelius et al, Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective, 2004; A Geddes, The Politics of Migration and Immigration in Europe, 2003; A Geddes, Immigration and European Integration, 2000; V Guiraudon & C Joppke, Controlling a new migration world, 2001; J F Hollifield, Immigrants, Markets, and States: The Political Economy of Postwar Europe, 1992; C Joppke, Challenges to the Nation-State: Immigration in Western Europe and the United States, 1998; G Loescher, Beyond Charity: International Cooperation and the Global Refugee Crisis, 1996; J Money, Fences and Neighbours: The Political Geography of Immigration Control, 1999; S Sassen, Guests and Aliens, 2000; D Thranhardt, Europe, a New Immigration Continent, 1994; A R Zolberg et al, Escape from Violence: Conflict and the Refugee Crisis in the Developing World, 1997.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Student performance results

(2009/10 - 2011/12 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 11.9
Merit 81
Pass 7.1
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2012/13: 30

Average class size 2012/13: 15

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication