Migration and Remittance Effects MGR4206


Period 4B
Start Date 11 March 2024
End Date 5 April 2024
ECTS credits 4
Instruction language English
Coordinator M.J. Siegel
Teaching methods Assignment(s); Work in subgroups; Research; Presentations
Assessment methods Paper; Assessment; Presentation; Oral exam
Keywords Migration; Remittances; Development; Immigration; Emigration; Poverty; Inequality; Migration Effects


Full course description

Is migration good or bad for the migrant receiving country and what effects does it have on the sending country? What about the money sent by migrants back to their home countries? Does this have only positive effects? How can we understand and evaluate the effects of migration on development and development on migration? These are some of the issues that are touched on in this course. Special attention is paid to poverty, inequality, labour markets, education, health, corruption and innovation. We will also zoom on specific effects of diaspora on peace and security These topics will be dealt with in a series called ‘Migration &’, which explores the linkages between migration and several other topics (i.e. poverty, health, corruption, etc).

Course objectives

This follows on the first course in the Migration Specialization. Now that students have a good idea of migration basics, in this course we will look at the effects of migration and remittances. Specifically, students will be able to think critically about the different (both positive and negative effects) of migration After completing this course, students should be able to work under pressure and have improved their time management skills using a real life scenario.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • analyse how migration interacts with (affects and is affected by) other aspects of development and other public policy issues (health, education, poverty, inequality, corruption, labour markets, the welfare state, etc.)
  • describe how migration is connected to the sustainable development goals
  • analyse the effects of migration on innovation and labour markets in countries of origin and destination
  • describe how governments engage their diaspora through different types of policies
  • evaluate the interventions of diaspora as peace wrecking or peacebuilding through the presentation of a specific case




Recommended reading

Course reader

Hein de Haas, Castles, Stephen, and Mark. J. Miller. 2020. The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World. 6th revised edition. Red Globe Press