International Migration, Development and the State
Global migration flows have reached unprecedented levels. Immigrants now account for one out of every eight people living in the United States, the largest share in almost a century. Many rural communities in countries like Mexico, on the other hand, have been all but deserted by young adults, with those who remain behind supported by the increasingly massive sums of money that migrants send home. What is driving trends like these, and what are their political and economic implications? This seminar provides an introduction to the political economy of international migration, exploring the topic from theoretical and historical perspectives and from the vantage point of both migrant-sending and migrant-receiving countries. Why do people migrate? How do contemporary migrations compare to earlier waves? What factors explain public attitudes toward immigrants? How and why do countries vary in their approaches to managing immigration and determining citizenship rights? Does emigration help or hinder economic development in poor countries? How do developing states vary in their approaches to managing emigration and attracting remittances? What are the implications of emigration for politics and democracy in the developing world? Seminar participants are expected to engage in discussion, complete a take-home midterm, and write an original research paper.