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Migration in the European Union


Admission requirements

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Migration has emerged as a challenging policy field for European countries and the European Union over the last decades. A politicization of migration has contributed to the politicization of European integration since the Maastricht Treaty, and to tensions between Northern, Southern, and Central/Eastern European countries. This seminar examines the postwar history of migration in Europe and in European integration (the 1951 Geneva convention; ‘guest-worker’ programs; the expansion of free movement; the Schengen Accords and Dublin Treaty; and the ‘migration crisis’ in 2015/2016) and introduces students to social-science approaches to the contemporary politics and governance of migration in the EU (the ‘securitization of migration’; citizenship and residency; welfare and migration; racism and (anti)discrimination; migration politics; and migration and EU foreign policy, in particular in regards to Africa and the Middle East).

Course objectives

To engage students in multidisciplinary approaches to migration studies and European integration
To investigate the impact that migration has had on European integration, and the role of migration in European integration
To build and enhance student presentation and research skills, including designing and carrying out a research topic related to migration in the EU


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method


Class participation (20%)
Class presentation (20%)
Research paper (60%)


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Resit of final paper.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

Readings are available through Leiden library catalogue or will be made available by the lecturer.


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.
General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website


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