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Rethinking 'Us' & 'Them': Integration and Diversity in Europe

Migration Matters via iversity


What would it take to create truly integrated societies in diverse countries where migration is part and parcel of economic and social life? Learn from top academics, hands-on practitioners, citizens, and migrants and refugees in as little as 5 minutes a day.

Increased diversity in Europe is a problem for some, a cause for celebration for others, and a lived reality for many. But while we hear all the time from politicians and media that successful integration is the solution, we have a hunch that we may not all be talking about the same thing. In this course, we’ll be tackling some controversial topics and big ideas related to integration such as multiculturalism, plurality, identity, and belonging from the perspectives of research, praxis, and personal experience. We will examine two case studies: Germany, a country that has seen a recent increase in immigrant arrivals, and Canada, a country that is often seen as a poster child for integration.
The two core lecturers for the course, Prof. Dr. Naika Foroutan and Prof. Dr. Irene Bloemraad, are foremost experts on integration and managing diversity in Germany and Canada, respectively. They are joined by practitioners and social entrepreneurs, volunteers and activists, and migrants and refugees to offer a holistic look at this complex topic.

Our aim is not to cover wide academic territory or provide you with definitive answers. What we offer you is a nuanced starting ground from which to begin your own explorations. So, don’t expect long lectures in front of blackboards, homework, or tests. Do expect bite-sized lectures you can watch on your coffee break, a multitude of voices to nourish your mind, and chances to contribute your own voice.

Our course may be bite-sized, but it has one big aim: to empower more evidence-based and solutions-oriented conversations about immigrant integration in Europe today. Enroll now and learn in as little as 5 minutes a day!


Chapter 1. Understanding Diversity
Chapter 2. Exploring Identity
Chapter 3. Integration - What Is It and What Works?
Chapter 4. Citizenship & Participation
Chapter 5. Rethinking Inclusion in Practice

Taught by

Naika Foroutan and Irene Bloemraad

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