EU484      Half Unit
Europe's Role in Global Migration Governance

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Natascha Zaun CBG 6.08


This course is available on the MSc in Culture and Conflict in a Global Europe, MSc in Culture and Conflict in a Global Europe (LSE & Sciences Po), MSc in European and International Public Policy, MSc in European and International Public Policy (LSE and Bocconi), MSc in European and International Public Policy (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in International Migration and Public Policy, MSc in Political Economy of Europe and MSc in Political Economy of Europe (LSE and Sciences Po). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

This course provides an overview of Europe’s role in global migration governance. The course will address different aspects in this regard, including the externalisation of EU and European Member States’ migration policies, bilateral and multilateral agreements with third countries, cross-references between regional bodies of integration as well as regional/international courts and Europe’s cooperation with international organisations such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Students will be equipped with a variety of theories to analytically assess these areas of European activity, including theoretical frameworks such as venue-shopping, diffusion and securitisation.


This course is delivered through a combination of classes and lectures totalling a minimum of 27.5 hours across Michaelmas Term.  This year, some or all of this teaching will be delivered through a combination of recorded lectures, flipped lectures (online discussion of lecture materials), and in-person and/or virtual seminars. This course includes a reading week in Week 6 of the Michaelmas Term.  A review session will be held at the start of the Summer Term to prepare for the online assessment.”

Formative coursework

Formative coursework consists in regular (i.e. weekly) participation in the Moodle debate and the submission of one mock exam (answering two out of eight questions) in the MT.

Indicative reading

  • Arcosta Arcazo, D. and Geddes, A. (2014): Transnational diffusion or different models? Regional approaches to migration governance in the European Union and MERCOSUR. European Journal of Migration and Law, 16: 1, pp. 19-44.
  • Betts, A./Milner, J. (2006): The externalisation of EU asylum policy: the position of African states. Oxford: COMPAS Working Paper No. 36.
  • Czaika, M. and Hobolth, M. (2016): Do restrictive asylum and visa policies increase irregular migration into Europe? European Union Politics, 17: 3, pp. 345-365.
  • Gammeloft-Hansen (2011): The externalisation of European migration control and the reach of international refugee law. The Hague: Brill.
  • Greenhill, Kelly M. (2010): Weapons of mass migration: forced displacement, coercion and foreign policy. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
  • Lavenex, S. (2015): Multilevelling EU external governance: the role of international organizations in the diffusion of EU migration policies. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 42: 4, pp. 554-570.
  • Lavenex, S. and Uçarer, E. (2003): Migration and the externalities of European integration, Lanham et al.: Lexington Books.
  • Mau et al. (2015): The Global Mobility Divide: How visa policies have evolved over time. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 41: 8, pp. 1192-1213.
  • Thouez, C. and Channac, F. (2006): Shaping international migration policy: The role of the regional consultative process. West European Politics, 29: 2, pp. 370-87.


Online assessment (100%) in the ST.

The online assessment for this course will be administered via Moodle.  Questions will be made available at a set date/time and students will be given a set period in the ST to complete the answers to questions and upload their responses back into Moodle.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2019/20: 36

Average class size 2019/20: 12

Controlled access 2019/20: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills