People on the Move: Causes and Consequences of Transborder Migration

People on the Move: Causes and Consequences of Transborder Migration


Course Summary

This module focuses on the social, political and economic causes and consequences of migration processes. In our globalizing world, both international migration and internal displacement are on the rise. The module introduces students to theoretical approaches explaining the dynamics of migration movements and the motivation of people to move (or not to move). In addition, the module offers an opportunity to apply these theories to specific processes of migration in both historical and current settings. Migration in and out of Eastern Europe presents a major challenge to regional nation states and regional organizations alike. The traditions, political and economic consequences in Eastern Europe will be addressed in this module.

Educational Goals

  • Students will be familiarized with the theoretical considerations and the main arguments of transnational migration research.
  • Students will get the possibility to discuss and analyze international migration movements in all its aspects and levels
  • Students will be provided with practical skills concerning active participating in controversial discussions, presenting and supporting their own arguments and elaborating a well-structured research paper.



  • short essay
  • paper presentation or participation in the Discussion Board
  • final paper


Course structure:

  • Part 01: Approaches to International and Internal Migration
  • Part 02: Histories and Geographies of Migrations
  • Part 03: Migration Politics



Barbara Dietz holds a Master degree in Economics from the University of Munich and a PhD from the University of Bremen. Currently she is head of the Department of Migration and Integration at the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS), Regensburg. In 1999 she joined IZA Bonn (Institut Zukunft der Arbeit) as a research fellow. Barbara Dietz conducted a series of international research projects. The results of these projects have been published in numerous scientific journals. Additionally she is involved in university teaching, advanced training, and consulting activities. Her research is focused on: East-West migration, migration policy and the economic and social integration of immigrants from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union in Germany and the EU.


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