WiSe 15/16: Introduction to Migration and Asylum in the EU
During the last years discussions around migration, free movement, and asylum seekers became more and more prominent both in the media and in national and EU politics. The 'polish plumber' became the ... read more
During the last years discussions around migration, free movement, and asylum seekers became more and more prominent both in the media and in national and EU politics. The 'polish plumber' became the symbol of heated debates on temporary employment in France, the German Christian Social Union coined the phrase "Wer betrügt der fliegt" ("Whoever cheats leaves") in the sight of freedom of movement for Bulgarian and Rumanian workers and lately the death of thousands of refugees in the Mediterranean Sea raised once more questions around border control and EU immigration regimes.
The seminar is designed as an introduction to theories, policies and current debates around migration and asylum in the EU. Starting off with an introduction to some basic concepts and definitions of migration (labour -, forced- , circular-, irregular migration), we will discuss their relevance in the EU context and look at EU policies and policy making in this field. The second part of the course will then focus on labour migration with a critical emphasis on controversies like e.g. the "brain drain" / "brain gain" debate. In the third and last part we will discuss the EU asylum regime and border control policies with an emphasis on e.g. the Dublin III regulation, the Common European Asylum System, and mobility partnerships between the EU and North African states. The aim of the course is to give students a broad and substantial knowledge of the various dimensions of migration and asylum in the EU and to enable them through conceptual and theoretical frameworks to engage critically with these issues.