Borders, Migrants & States

Term: Spring 2011

Subject Code: GPOL

Course Number: 5457

How do migrant sending states and host states define their interests and responsibilities regarding the management of migration, border controls and relationships with their diasporas? What domestic, transnational and international processes influence migrants' political, economic and civic engagements in the receiving society and in the homeland? This course will examine issues of immigrant integration, transnationalism, diaspora engagement, citizenship, identity, borders and migration policies looking at these questions from the perspective of migrants and states. Considering the development of the academic literature on international migration, diasporas and transnationalism in different fields of study, this course has an interdisciplinary focus with an emphasis in Political Science, International Relations, Sociology and Anthropology. The course emphasizes the US-Mexico case but also has a strong comparative component with case studies from other countries and regions.

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