Migration often makes headlines; it’s become a key issue of politicians worldwide. But what is the reality of migration?
This course will introduce you to key challenges of irregular migration and asylum seeking worldwide. You’ll 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.
This course is for anyone interested in learning about migration, you don’t need any past experience.
Alathea completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I would probably give this course a higher rating if the title actually matched the content. As it is, it focusses mainly on a couple of high-profile refugee crises (Syrian and Rohingya refugees) and on the ways the EU and Australia seek to deal with...
I would probably give this course a higher rating if the title actually matched the content. As it is, it focusses mainly on a couple of high-profile refugee crises (Syrian and Rohingya refugees) and on the ways the EU and Australia seek to deal with people arriving at their borders, but says very little about why people migrate when they are not in immediate danger, apart from some general references to poverty. There is no serious examination of the countries people migrate from, demographics of migrants, what migrants expect and whether or not their expectations are met, almost nothing about legal migration and migration policy in either the countries of emigration or the receiving countries, nothing at all about the economic or social impact in countries of emigration... Modules on migration within Latin America, and Mexican migration to the US were interesting, but why was there nothing at all on migration in and from Africa, in and from Asia, or to the Gulf states?
It doesn't even examine asylum policy in the sense of what the criteria are for obtaining asylum, what happens to people while their claims are being processed, and so on.
Videos had been recorded in early 2016, but the course was running two years later and the situation has evolved. Something said to have taken place "a week ago" actually occurred in January 2016. Reference articles were similarly out of date.
One of the most disappointing aspects of the course was the minimal input from the course team. They could have taken the opportunity to engage with the ambiguities and challenges of migration policy, but instead fell back on platitudes.
The European University Institute has five courses on FutureLearn, all apparently running concurrently, and almost all with the same lead educator. In addition there are courses on iversity with the same titles (Why do people migrate? Facts and Why do people migrate? Theories) with very similar content. This is presumably part of the reason why there was so little input from the course team: it is unreasonable to expect one or two people to monitor and respond to comments on so many courses at the same time.