MA - Migration Studies
Migration is one of the key phenomena in the world today, but is one that can only be understood if examined analytically. In this programme, we examine migration from a wide range of perspectives. We can think of migration from a human rights perspective, from the perspective of a state concerned about controlling its borders, or we can examine the reasons behind the movement of people.
Why do people migrate and how do they integrate? What are governments' reactions to different types of migration? How can we explain these reactions? We study a wide variety of topics on migration ranging from human trafficking and irregular migration, to highly-skilled migration and political transnationalism. By examining these topics from different actors' perspectives, we can gain a more thorough understanding of the phenomenon. In integration, we look at different philosophical approaches to integration, including assimilation and multiculturalism, as well as different national policy-makers' approaches to integration. The French approach to integration differs from the British and both differ from the American. How do these approaches link to national identity? Does citizenship (or naturalisation) policy play a role? The programme is taught at our Brussels centre, which is an ideal location for migration studies. The Brussels centre has an international student body, with over 50 nationalities represented among its 220 postgraduate students. There are numerous migration-related policy briefings and conferences - for instance, at think-tanks or the European Parliament. Brussels is also characterised by numerous NGOs, interest groups and international organisations' EU liaison offices. All of these serve to enhance your student experience.
The MA in International Migration offers an interdisciplinary perspective on migration. You gain an in-depth understanding of the broader field of migration while being able to specialise in a particular migration issue, (eg, human trafficking, asylum or forced migration, or integration and citizenship), and to examine the links between migration and other fields ranging from development economics and conflict analysis to human rights law or international migration law.
The programme brings together theory, policy and the examination of cases, and is suitable either for students who have recently completed their undergraduate studies or those who have some experience working with migrants/refugees or on migration issues.
You may contact BSIS's admissions office directly via Skype: bsisbrussels.
Financial Aid: Eligible for Federal Stafford Loans
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