GV4A5      Half Unit
International Migration and Immigration Management

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Eiko Thielemann CON3.14


This course is available on the MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Columbia), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Hertie), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and NUS), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Sciences Po), MPA Dual Degree (LSE and Tokyo), MPA in International Development, MPA in Public Policy and Management, MPA in Public and Economic Policy, MPA in Public and Social Policy, MPA in Social Impact, MSc in Comparative Politics, MSc in EU Politics, MSc in EU Politics (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in Global Politics, MSc in Human Resources and Organisations (International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management), MSc in International Migration and Public Policy, MSc in Political Economy of Europe, MSc in Political Economy of Europe (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in Public Administration and Government (LSE and Peking University), MSc in Public Policy and Administration and Master of Public 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 is a core course on the MSc International Migration and Public Policy. Priority will be given to students on that programme. Last year, very few students from other programmes could be accommodated on this course.

This course is capped at 2 groups. The deadline for applications is 12:00 noon on Friday 5 October 2018. You will be informed of the outcome by 12:00 noon on Monday 8 October.

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 in the ST.

There will be a reading week in week 6 of the MT for advice and feedback sessions.

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 and P Collier, Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System 2018; 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; P Collier, Exodus: How Migration is Changing our World, 2015;  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 (90%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
In class assessment (10%) in the MT.

The in-class assessment will include a class presentation and contribution to discussions, in class and on Moodle.

Student performance results

(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 27
Merit 61.8
Pass 11.2
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2017/18: 41

Average class size 2017/18: 21

Controlled access 2017/18: Yes

Lecture capture used 2017/18: Yes (MT)

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication