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Migration and Cities

European University Institute via FutureLearn


Migration has always played a fundamental role in urban development. Without some form of inward migration – be it international or internal – cities would not develop or grow.

On this course you will explore the relationship between migration and cities both across history and in the world today. For example, you’ll learn about the influence of migration on the rise of modern, industrial cities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. You will also look at a range of contemporary issues at the urban scale, such as employment, settlement, public space and local policy.

This course is for anyone interested in learning about migration and cities, you don’t need any past experience.


  • Rethinking the city and its history through migration
    • Welcome to our course
    • Human mobility and urban history
    • Migration and the modern city
    • Week 1 wrap up
  • Migration in the contemporary city: key issues and dilemmas
    • Migration and labour in contemporary cities
    • How migrants remake cities
    • Problems and conflicts surrounding migration in cities
    • Wrap up of Week 2
  • Migration policy, heritage and urban networks
    • Migration governance at the urban scale
    • Migration heritage and the city
    • Migration and an urbanized world
    • Assess your knowledge
    • Wrap up of course

Taught by

Nick Dines



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