86369 - Migration to and from Europe

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Academic Year 2017/2018

Learning outcomes

The objective of this module is to investigate, with the help of international experts, a few different but interrelated topics: the history and evolution of migration and immigration movements, the impact of immigrant business in Europe and the young foreigners’ national identity formation processes, between opportunities and constraints (this entails issues relating to social and cultural interaction; intergenerational relations; citizenship and sense of belonging; future orientations). This new innovative module will be open to all students in Forlì and will include the contribution of European legal experts, historians, demographers, economists and sociologists in order to offer a cross-disciplinary long term view on migration movements and their economic and social impact. It will benefit from the Jean Monnet Chair contribution which will cover all travel expenses of the incoming international experts.

Course contents

The 10 seminars will cover the history of migration from and to Europe and the integration challenges and risks (including topics such as: the history of migrant labour force in Europe, immigrant entrepreneurship, the refugee situation, young foreigners’ national identity formation processes and their education opportunities). Each lesson focuses on a specific issue and each guest speaker will provide a different perspective on migration. Speakers will include historians, sociologists, law scholars, and economists. Representatives from the International Migration Organisation and the European Union will explain their role in the current migration context and the labour integration projects currently under way. In particular, the IMO expert will explain how the organization intends to create sustainable employment opportunities for immigrants and strengthen private sector engagement. A definite list of speakers and seminar titles will be available on the first day of class.



Selected readings will be provided at the beginning of the module. As a general reference: F. Fauri (ed.) The History of Migration in Europe: Prospectives from economics, politics and sociology, Routledge, New York, 2015.

Teaching methods


 The idea is to investigate, with the help of international experts, many different viewpoints relating to migration.

Assessment methods


Students are asked to participate and contribute to the discussion. Attendance is mandatory. At the end of the course students will be evaluated on the basis of their participation in class and a short research paper they can prepare in small groups and present in class.

Teaching tools


Powerpoint, Audiovisual instruments, newspaper/journal articles

Office hours

See the website of Francesca Fauri