Migration studies

Migration and human mobility

Migration studies

This minor is the only interdisciplinary minor on migration in the Netherlands. In this minor we focus on interactions between migrants, nation-states and borders, and supranational institutions and organizations. What does it mean to be a migrant or a refugee? What causes migration? How does it impact societies? How does migration complicate state authorities’ understandings of ethnic identities, multiculturalism and citizenship?


Introduction to Migration Studies
How have scholars in the humanities, law and social sciences dealt with migration and human mobility in modern history as topics of research? This introductory course provides insight into the conceptual tools prevalent in contemporary migration studies.

You will also have to choose one of the following two courses:

- Migration, Ethnicity and the Economy
How do economics and culture operate as determinants of the incorporation and exclusion of immigrants? This course addresses topics such as ethnic entrepreneurship, diaspora and development, the internet as a new market, and markets and social exclusion of immigrants.

- Human Rights and Migration: the Border
How do borders work out in practice? In this course you will learn about the law on asylum, internal and external border controls, and current issues such as the safety of boat migrants. You will then connect these insights from law to social reality, by participating in an excursion to for example a border detention centre or a border post of the KMAR.


Nation and Migration
In this course you will learn to critically assess issues of ethnicity, identity and the politics of identity, issues that are often central in migrant lives.

Human Rights and Migration: Citizenship
What is a citizen? Which rights do migrants have? In this course you will investigate which rights can be invoked by nationals and by migrants and you reflect on the different understandings of citizenship, nationality and integration.


Current Themes in Migration Studies
In this advanced course you will read and discuss recent key-contributions in the study of migration. Special attention is given to recent developments in the field, i.e. diaspora studies, refugee studies and postcolonial studies. You will develop your reading, analytical and general research skills. You will learn how to assess key-studies in migration studies, and position yourself in academic debates on migration.

For specific information about each course, please visit our study guide.

This minor is open to students from all study backgrounds at university level.

All students are kindly requested to register for the minor before June 1st by sending an e-mail to the minor coordinator.

Foreign students: see the website Semester in Amsterdam.

More information about Admission and Registration (Dutch: Aanmelden voor een minor).

If you have detailed questions about the contents of the programme, please contact:

Norah Karrouche

Samenvatting Migration studies




1 semester (30 EC)


September 1st


Economie, Recht en Bestuur
Gedrag en Maatschappij
Kunst, Cultuur en Geschiedenis
Talen en Communicatie