Please note that I am on sabbatical for 2016-2017. I anticipate offering these courses again once I resume normal teaching duties in September 2017.
Theoretical and applied perspectives on international migration and settlement. Includes analysis of: international regulation of migration; changing global demographics and their impact on migration; immigration policies of nation states; international migration patterns; settlement policies and outcomes; Canadian immigration policy.
- Introduction to international migration
- Starting points: Immigration law and the history of migration
- Vignettes of migration issues
- Conceptualizing migration; regulating migration
- Forced migration
- Undocumented migration and human trafficking
- Labour migration
- Gendering migration
- Australian migration and immigration
- Canadian migration and immigration
- Settlement policies and programs in Canada
- Welcoming newcomers: Local government and local citizenship
- Immigration and the remaking of Vancouver
An introduction to international migration and settlement
This course is designed to introduce a broad set of issues and approaches to the study of international migration and settlement. The first part of the course will survey a number of key concepts and theories of migration, with emphasis on the role of the state and regulatory systems. The second will concentrate on elements connecting places of origin and destination. The third will explore key debates in countries of sustained migrant settlement. We will discuss the concept of segmented assimilation that is central to understanding immigration in the USA, and then turn to Europe to consider the relationship between migration and the national (or supra-national) imaginary, as well as the relationship between asylum, human rights, and attempts to regulate (supra)national borders. Finally, the course will close on the question of integration policies, particularly the recent challenges to the idea of multiculturalism (which was so widely supported a generation ago), and the concern that has arisen over the relationship between diversity and social cohesion.