Anno Accademico 2023/2024

  • Docente: Michela Ceccorulli
  • Crediti formativi: 8
  • SSD: SPS/04
  • Lingua di insegnamento: Inglese

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

The aim of this Course is to provide students with analytical skills to assess, research and critically debate the political dimensions of international migrations. At the end of the Course the student is expected to know the layers of governance of the issue at the regional and global level; to acknowledge the main challenges key actors identify with respect to the phenomenon and to be aware of the main resistances to the creation of an effective and efficient governance of the phenomenon.


The course is organized in lectures and seminars. Lectures (16 hours) aim to introduce students to the core tenets of the discipline. Seminars (12 hours) aim to provide occasions for in-depth discussions on topics of key relevance through class-works, debates, exercises and presentations. For the seminar section of the course, students will be divided in two groups. Students are required to carefully read the assigned material before the session and - especially in the case of seminars - active participation is strongly recommended.

The programme is quite dense and requires full dedications by enrolled Students. Students are expected to read the material in the Syllabus ahead of classes, following Professor’s instruction. No specific schedule is provided as Classes may vary according to need.



Topic 1. Migration, a global phenomenon

De Haas, H., Castles, S. and Miller, M. (2020), ‘Introduction’ and ‘Categories of Migration’, in The Age of Migration, 6th Edition, pp. 1-14; 19-20; 21-41.

Zolberg, A. (2006), Managing a World on the Move, Population and Development Review, 32, pp. 222-253.

Triandafyllidou, A., Bivand, Erdal M., Marchetti, S., Raghuram, P., Mencutek, Z., Salamońska, J., Scholten, P. and Vintila, D. (2023) Rethinking Migration Studies for 2050, Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, DOI: 10.1080/15562948.2023.2289116 [https://doi-org.ezproxy.unibo.it/10.1080/15562948.2023.2289116]

Data and statistics:

MPI, International Migration Statistics, available here: Migration Data Hub | migrationpolicy.org [https://www.migrationpolicy.org/programs/migration-data-hub?qt-data_hub_tabs=1#datahub-tabs]

UNHCR (2023), Global trends. At: Global Trends | UNHCR [https://www.unhcr.org/global-trends]

European Council, Infographics, available at: Infographics - Consilium (europa.eu) [https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/infographics/]

IOM, Missing migrants project. At: International Organization for Migration (iom.int) [https://missingmigrants.iom.int/]

Topic 2. Actors and layers of governance

Betts, A. and Kainz, L. (2020), Power and proliferation: Explaining the fragmentation of global migration governance, Migration Studies, pp. 1-25.

Betts, A. and Milner, J. (2019), Governance of the Global Refugee Regime, World Refugee Council Research Paper 13, May 2019.

Fine, S. and Pécoud, A. (2018), International Organizations and the multi-level governance of migration, in A. Triandafyllidou (ed), Handbook of Migration and Globalization, Edward Elgar Publishing, Ch. 3.

Topic 3. Migration and International Relations

Hollifield, J. F. (2004), The Emerging Migration State, The International Migration Review, 38, 3, pp. 885-912.

Adamson, F. B., Chung, E.A. and Hollifield, J. F. (2023) Rethinking the migration state: historicising, decolonising, and disaggregating, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2023.2269769 [https://doi-org.ezproxy.unibo.it/10.1080/1369183X.2023.2269769]

Hollifield, J. F. (2012), Migration and International Relations, in Rosenblum Marc R. and Tichenor Daniel J. (eds), Oxford Handbook of the Politics of International Migration, Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Betts, A. and Loescher, G. (2011), Refugees in International Relations, in Betts, A. and Loescher, G., (eds), Refugees in International Relations, Oxford, Oxford University Press, Introduction.

Topic 4. Migration, foreign policy and migration diplomacy

Teitelbaum, M. (1984), Immigration, refugees, and foreign policy, International Organization, 38(3), 429-450.

Tsourapas, G. (2017), Migration Diplomacy in the Global South: cooperation, coercion and issue linkage in Gaddafi’s Libya, Third World Quarterly 38, 10, 2367-2385.

Greenhill, K. M. (2016), Migration as a Weapon in Theory and Practice, Military Review. November-December 2016 and ‘Introduction’, in Weapons of mass migration. Forced displacement, coercion, and foreign policy, Cornell University Press, Ithaca and London.


Topic 5. Migration, an old phenomenon in the EU. From the past to recent developments

Laschi, G. (2021), Movement but with limitations, in Laschi, G., Deplano, V., and Pes, A. (eds), Europe between migrations, decolonization and integration (1945-1992), 15-27.

De Haas et al, (2020), Migration in Europe since 1945, in The Age of Migration, 6th Edition, pp.117-144

Uçarer, E. M. (2013), The Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, in M. Cini et al. (2013), European Union Politics, Oxford University Press, pp. 281-296.

Topic 6. Migration/asylum policies in the EU

Merler, S. (2017), The economic effects of migration, Bruegel, 16 January 2017.

Guiraudon, V. (2020), 20 Years after Tampere’s Agenda on “Illegal Migration”: Policy Continuity in Spite of Unintended Consequences’, in Carrera, S., Curtin, D. and Geddes, A. (eds), 20 Years Anniversary of the Tampere Programme, EUI.

Sanchez, G. (2020), Who is a Smuggler, in Carrera, S., Curtin, D. and Geddes, A. (eds), 20 Years Anniversary of the Tampere Programme, EUI.

Topic 7. Crises at borders

Parker, N. and Vaughan-Williams, N. (2012) Critical Border Studies: Broadening and Deepening the ‘Lines in the Sand' Agenda, Geopolitics, 17, 4, pp. 727-733.

Grappi, G. and Lucarelli, S. (2021), Bordering power Europe? The mobility-bordering nexus in and by the EU, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 30, 2, 207-219.

European Parliament, (2022), Walls and fences at EU borders, available here: Walls and fences at EU borders (europa.eu) [https://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/BRIE/2022/733692/EPRS_BRI(2022)733692_EN.pdf]

Topic 8. ‘Migration crises’

Bauböck, R. (2018), Refugee Protection and Burden Sharing in the European Union, Journal of Common Market Studies, 56, 1, 141-156.

Ceccorulli, M., (2019) Back to Schengen: the collective securitisation of the EU free-border area, West European Politics, 42, 2, 302-322, available online



(N.B. Readings are intended as preparatory materials for activities to be played in class)

Migration and Security

What is security and how does migration turn into a security issue? The seminar explores securitization dynamics and dives into speeches and practices as performative acts.

Browning, C.S. (2017), Security and migration: a conceptual exploration, in Bourbeau, P. (ed), Migration and Security, Cheltenham; Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 39-59.

Kinacioglu, M. (2023), Militarized governance of migration in the Mediterranean, International Affairs, 99, 6, pp. 2423–2441.

Class activity

Migration and artificial intelligence

The seminar considers how artificial intelligence impacts migration and its governance, exploring multiple dimensions.

Beduschi, A. (2021), International Migration Management in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, Migration Studies, 9, 3, pp. 576-596.

Class activities

The external dimension of migration

The external dimension of migration has become part and parcel of the EU’s governance of the phenomenon. This seminar looks at the broader implications of this dimension, considering also aspects of interconnectedness with other disciplines

Council of the European Union (2023), From a reactive to a preventive model – Discussion paper, Brussels, 26 September.

Hill, C. (2023), Migration: the Dilemma of External relations, in C. Hill, M. Smith and S. Vanhoonacker, eds, International Relations and the European Union, Oxford University Press, pp. 327-351.

Niemann, A. and Zaun, N. (2023) Introduction: EU external migration policy and EU migration governance: introduction, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 49, 12, 2965-2985.

Class activity

Migration and political elections

In this year of political elections the seminar looks at how migration figures in electoral campaigns of different political formations.

Grindheim, J.E. (2019), Why Right-Leaning Populism has Grown in the Most Advanced Liberal Democracies of Europe. The Political Quarterly, 90: 757-771. Available here: Why Right‐Leaning Populism has Grown in the Most Advanced Liberal Democracies of Europe - Grindheim - 2019 - The Political Quarterly - Wiley Online Library [https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1467-923X.12765]

Class activities

A crisis in the EU: in – class simulation

The new Pact on migration and asylum

The seminar consider the leading reform of the migration and asylum system to this day, evaluating critical aspects.

European Commission (2023), A new Pact on Migration and Asylum. State of Play. December 2023. Available here: State of Play: New Pact on Migration and Asylum (europa.eu) [https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/fs_23_1850]

European Commission (2023), What is the New Pact on Migration and Asylum of the EU? Available at: New Pact on Migration and Asylum - European Commission (europa.eu) [https://home-affairs.ec.europa.eu/policies/migration-and-asylum/new-pact-migration-and-asylum_en]

Class activity


Readings assigned can be easily found on the web. Books chapters are instead available at the Forlì ‘R. Ruffilli’ Library. Newspapers articles (and similar) will be circulated throughout the Course to keep the Class updated with ongoing developments in the field.

One Guest-Lecture is offered during the Course

Metodi didattici

Lectures; Class - debates; Seminars; Class-activities; presentations

Modalità di verifica e valutazione dell'apprendimento

The Course is part of the IPM/IPE Programme. Be sure to consult instructions on attendance. 'Non-attending student' modality is not offered for this Course.

1). Participation - for this Course, students' active engagement is strongly recommended and will be part of the grading system according to the modality explained during classes.

2). Policy memo -more info in class

3). Final oral exam - readings proposed for the 'frontal' part are to be fully and thoroughly studied. Professor could also ask to discuss about arguments debated during the seminars.


More details on the grading system will be provided in Class.

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

Powerpoints, articles, simulations, video projection

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Michela Ceccorulli


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