EU494      Half Unit
International Migration and Immigration Management

This information is for the 2023/24 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr. Katerina Glyniadaki


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 Fudan) and MSc in Political Economy of Europe (LSE and Sciences Po). This course is not available as an outside option.

This course has a limited number of places (it is controlled access) and demand is typically very high. Priority is given to students from the European Institute, so students from outside this programme may not get a place.

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.


10 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the AT. 1 hour of lectures in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the AT.

All students are expected to submit one non-assessed essay, due in Autumn Term Week 6.

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.


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

The summative assessment will take the form of an e-exam in the Spring Term. E-exams are assessments run under invigilated exam conditions on campus. Students will complete the assessment using software downloaded to their personal laptops.

Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2022/23: Unavailable

Average class size 2022/23: Unavailable

Controlled access 2022/23: No

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication