Sociology: International Migration and Development, 15.0 hp
This course examines the link between migration and development. A large share of the migration in the world goes from the periphery in the world system to core states. What are the causes of migration to the rich and wealthy states? How does migration affect the sending countries? How does the unequal relations between the countries in the world influence migration? These are all questions on a macro-level, and they compel us to analyse migration as a product of the unequal relations in the world, or as something inherent in development and underdevelopment. In this course you will also study migration on a micro-level, for example as an individual decision to move to another country, or as a family strategy in sending regions to increase income. Migrants send a large share of their income back to their families. How do these remittances affect communities in sending regions? You will also study how social networks between sending and receiving countries drive migration and how states influences migration streams. The objective of the course is to give students the ability to identify the causes of migration and how migration affects both sending countries and receiving countries. The course is given as a basic level course within sociology. The language of instruction is English.