EU464 Half Unit
International Migration: EU Policies and Politics
This information is for the 2021/22 session.
Dr Eiko Thielemann CBG 7.02
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 International Migration and Public Policy (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in Political Economy of Europe, MSc in Political Economy of Europe (LSE and Sciences Po) and MSc in The Global Political Economy of China and Europe (LSE and Fudan). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
A good knowledge of EU institutions and EU policy-making is required.
This course examines the management of ‘unwanted migration’ to Europe. In particular, it deals with the European Union’s governance of migratory flows such as asylum seekers and irregular migrants whose immigration states often seek to prevent or discourage. As the willingness of sovereign states to advance global governance in the area of immigration policy remains very low and unilateral national policy-responses are limited in their effectiveness, interest in regional governance has grown. The European Union is without any doubt the front-runner in developing such regional governance initiatives.
The course provides an in-depth treatment of the origins, evolution and major policy issues within this policy field which has been the fastest growing EU policy area since the 1990s. The course will normally focus on the following three policy areas: (1) the emerging EU asylum and refugee determination system; (2) border management, detention and deportation; and (3) responsibility allocation (the ‘Dublin system’), burden-sharing and solidarity.
Those taking the course will learn how to systematically examine the origins and impact of EU policy instruments and judgments by the European Courts. After completion, students will be able to answer questions such as: Why have Member States intensified cooperating on asylum and immigration issues? What is the relationship between international human rights law and EU law? Given the influence of the EU’s supranational institutions, do the Member States still effectively control policies on asylum and immigration? Has EU policy-making lead to a convergence of “lowest common denominator” policies or to higher human rights standards in the Member States?
For their assessment, students will have the opportunity to conduct a policy case-study, allowing them to apply the analytical skills developed in this course to analyse a specific EU immigration policy of their choice.
This course is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars totalling a minimum of 25 hours across Lent Term. The teaching will be delivered this year through a combination of online and on-campus formats (or if required, online only). This course includes a reading week in Week 6 of Lent Term.
A prospectus for the assessed research project (policy case study).
- Zaun N. (2019) EU Asylum Policies: The Power of Strong Regulating States, Palgrave;
- Chetail V. and P. De Bruycker (2016) (eds.), Reforming the Common European Asylum System: The New European Refugee Law, Brill;
- Peers, S (2016) EU Justice and Home Affairs Law, Oxford University Press;
- Geddes A and Boswell C (2010) Migration and Mobility in the European Union, Palgrave/Macmillan;
- Geddes A. (2008) Immigration and European integration: Towards fortress Europe, Manchester University Press;
- Thielemann E R (ed.) (2003) "European Burden-Sharing and Forced Migration", special issue of the Journal of Refugee Studies, Vol.16, No.3.
Project (100%, 5000 words) in the ST.
The summative assessment takes the form of a research project (policy case study).
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2021/22 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 differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching 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.
Department: European Institute
Total students 2020/21: 29
Average class size 2020/21: 10
Controlled access 2020/21: Yes
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Problem solving