GV4A5      Half Unit
International Migration and Immigration Management

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Eiko Thielemann


This course is available on the MSc in Comparative Politics, 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 Global Politics, MSc in Human Resources and Organisations (International Employment Relations/CIPD), 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 Fudan) , MSc in Political Economy of Europe (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in Public Administration and Government (LSE and Peking University) and MSc in Public Policy and Administration. This course is not available as an outside option.

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.

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 and migration control policies, addressing questions such as: Why do people migrate? Why do states accept migration? How effective are policies that aim to manage 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.


This course is delivered through seminars and lectures totalling 25 hours in the Michaelmas Term, and 1 hour for a revision lecture in the Summer Term. There is a reading week in Week 6 of the Michaelmas Term.

Formative coursework

All students are expected to submit one non-assessed essay.

Indicative reading

There is no single textbook but the following texts are useful introductions:

  • S Castle & M J Miller, The Age of Migration, 2019;
  • 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;
  • M Baldwin-Edwards & M Schain, The Politics of Immigration in Western Europe, 1994;
  • 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.


Online assessment (100%) in the ST.

Online assessment duration: 7 days in the ST.

Student performance results

(2018/19 - 2020/21 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 27.8
Merit 67.1
Pass 4.4
Fail 0.6

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2021/22: 70

Average class size 2021/22: 14

Controlled access 2021/22: Yes

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication