International migrations


This class aims to examine the major contemporary issues related to international migration. The main themes addressed are: Developments in migration flows across the world over the last 200 years; international migration today; regional migratory systems (Africa, the Americas, Asia); international standards and the protection of the rights of migrant workers and refugees; international cooperation and the main international organizations working in this field.

Recommended Prerequisite(s)

It is recommended that participants have a reasonable knowledge of world history, at least from the 19th century to the present day. Good command of the theories of international relations is also useful but not essential to follow the class.

Form of assessment

The number of ECTS credits and the assessment methods are likely to be different for students in credit exchange programmes.


  • Brettell C.B., Hollifield J.F. (eds.), Migration Theory. Talking across disciplines, Routledge, New York & London, 2014.
  • Castles S., Miller M.J., De Haas H., The age of migration. International population movements in the modern world, The Guilford Press, 2013.
  • Fiddian-Qasmiyeh E., Loescher G., Long K., Sigona N., The Oxford handbook of refugees and forced migration studies, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2016.
  • Gemenne F., Migrations internationales, un enjeu Nord-Sud, Syllepse, Paris, 2015.
  • Simon G., Dictionnaire des migrations internationales : Approche géographique, Armand Colin, Paris, 2015.

Educational formula

Students are expected to attend the class assiduously and to have understood the main approaches to international migration by the end of the semester. No extra work is required, other than to review their class notes, if possible, before each session. Additional resources on the topics addressed in class, as well as the PowerPoint of each session and a complete bibliography, are available on the class’ Moodle page.

In brief

Year Fourth year

Teaching languageFrench

Teaching term Six-monthly

ECTS credits 3.0

Number of hours 18.0

Teaching activityLecture course

ValidationFinal written examination

Mandatory teaching

Open to exchange students



Educational manager :
Channac Frédérique [+]