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Why Do People Migrate? Facts

European University Institute via FutureLearn


Learn the facts about why people migrate

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.


  • Defining migration
    • Welcome to our course
    • Irregular migration and asylum
    • The Syrian refugee crisis in the Middle East
    • Wrap up of week 1
  • Asylum challenges in North America and Europe
    • The American Dream, Migration in the United States
    • Canadian Policy responses to migration
    • European asylum policy
  • Migration and asylum challenges in the South America, Asia and Oceania
    • The Venezuelan crisis and the gender dimension of migration
    • The Rohingya in southeast Asia
    • Australia and the Pacific Solution
    • Assess your knowledge
    • Wrap up of week 3

Taught by

Nick Dines



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  • 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 wit…

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