This course provides a general introduction to the conditions of refugees, asylum seekers and irregular migrants worldwide (data, regions, etc.) and an overview of the terminology used. It then analyses specific cases in the most relevant geographical contexts, including the asylum seekers arriving in Europe through the Mediterranean, the undocumented Mexican migrants crossing the US border, the Syrian refugees in Turkey and the Rohingya in Australia. In discussing these cases, we will explore the dilemmas behind humanitarian protection and irregular migration for labour purposes.
The course is based on video lectures, didactic videos and podcast interviews with international experts. Assignments consist of short quizzes for each unit and a journal exercise at the end of the course. Suggestions for further reading will be included in order to achieve a more in-depth understanding.
To learn more about the theories that explain international migration, check out Part 2: Theories
CHAPTER 1 – INTRODUCTION Unit 1.1 – What are irregular migration and asylum? Unit 1.2 – Let us talk about words!
CHAPTER 2 – EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE EAST Unit 2.1 – Irregular border crossings towards the EU Unit 2.2 – Refugee status in Europe Unit 2.3 – The case of Syrian refugees in Turkey
CHAPTER 3 – AMERICAS Unit 3.1 – Irregular Latin-American migrants in US agriculture Unit 3.2 – Gender and irregular migration in Latin America
CHAPTER 4 – ASIA AND OCEANIA Unit 4.1 – Maritime arrivals in Australia Unit 4.2 – The case of Rohingya refugees
This course is very interesting and useful to understand key challenges of irregular migration and asylum seeking worldwide. I look at key cases from around the globe, including asylum seekers arriving in Europe via the Mediterranean and Syrian refugees in Turkey, Central American labour migration to the USA and the Rohingya refugee challenge in Southeast Asia.