2018-2019 Colloquium: Migration in a Turbulent World

Date & Time September 4, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Lane 100

The 2018-2019 EPIIC Colloquium will critically examine the multidimensional aspects of migration. Migration has become a worldwide phenomenon and its importance today is clear. Concerns with the demographic, economic, social, security, legal and political consequences of international migration have also increased. Discussions on issues such as national security, xenophobia, racial discrimination, social integration, unemployment, brain-drain and brain-gain, human trafficking, and asylum claims have led to a reexamination of international migration policies and the potential benefits and disadvantages to sending and receiving countries. Some states are questioning whether migration can bring benefits and opportunities to all parties – migrants, states of origin, states of transit and receiving states. With the attention now paid to counter-terrorism and violent extremism, cooperative efforts to address national security concerns posed by the movement of people has become a pressing issue for both receiving countries and countries of origin. And while migration has long been a sensitive matter of national sovereignty, it now encompasses regional and global dimensions.

Part I addresses theories of migration and reviews historical patterns of migration in both sending and receiving countries. Part II examines the causes and drivers of forced migration. Part III explores the impact of migration on countries of origin, countries of destination, and on migrants themselves. Part IV considers state responses to migration, including the links with securitization and border controls. Part V focuses on particular groups and identities within migrant populations that have historically been neglected such as gender and children. Part VI explores the nature and dynamics of migration in different regions. Part VII considers the need for international cooperation on the question of migration. Migration is ultimately both a “problem without a passport” and a “solution without a passport.”

To enroll in EPIIC, you must attend the first class on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM. There is no advanced registration available for this class. Those in attendance will have an opportunity to sign up for an interview to assess their candidacy for participation in the colloquium. Students selected from the interview process will be notified prior to the beginning of class on Thursday, and will then be able to register for EPIIC on SIS. Students are advised to plan their schedules around EPIIC carefully, and to ensure that they have a viable backup plan in the event that they are not selected. For more information, please feel free to contact us at igl@tufts.edu.

Learn more about the program