IFRC

Online Course: Global Trends in International Migration

This course provides an overview of international migration and refugee numbers and trends, causes of population movements, the impact of international migration, and promotes the formulation of innovative and practical responses to population movements.

Registration Deadline: 15 December 2015
Start Date: 12 January 2016 

The online course on Global Trends in International Migration is offered by the Red Cross Red Crescent Learning Network of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in partnership with the Institute for the Study of International Migration and the Center for Continuing Professional Education at Georgetown University. 

Worldwide, international migration is a large and growing phenomenon, with more than 230 million people now living and working outside of their home countries. In addition, the numbers of refugees and internally displaced persons are at levels unseen since World War II, presenting challenges to countries throughout the world. Understanding the complex dynamics behind international migration is essential to improve policies and programs in addressing the multiple causes and consequences of these movements of people. This 8-week online course provides an expert overview of international migration and refugee numbers and trends, causes of population movements, the impact of international migration on source and receiving countries, and promotes the formulation of innovative and practical responses to population movements.   

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The course provides an introduction to the major theories underpinning the study of international migration and displacement. The course focuses attention on domestic and international legal regimes regarding migration. It examines issues pertaining to the integration of immigrants in destination countries. It also delves into the nexus between migration and other key global challenges, such as security, development and environmental change.  Through a series of lectures, assigned readings, class discussions and self-assessed quizzes, students will increase their understanding of all forms of international migration, with a view to formulating responses to migration and refugees in their everyday work.  

At the completion of the course, successful students will be able to:

  • explain the causes of international migration, drawing from both theory and empirical evidence;
  • assess the positive and negative impacts of international migration on source, transit, and destination countries;
  • describe the international legal frameworks that set out the rights of migrants and refugees and the responsibilities of states; 
  • explain the strengths and weaknesses of the principal policy frameworks governing the admission of migrants, control of irregular migration, and protection of refugees and other forced migrants;
  • explain the importance of gender in understanding the causes and consequences of international migration;
  • describe models for integration of immigrants in destination countries and explain the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches; and
  • analyze the roles and relationships of the principal actors involved at the global, regional, national and local levels in managing international migration, including that of the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement.

The course is taught by Professor Susan Martin, a renowned expert on migration issues who has written a number of publications on the subject. She is the Donald G. Herzberg Professor in International Migration and serves as the Director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Previously Dr. Martin served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, established by legislation to advise Congress and the President of the United States on immigration and refugee policy.

Course outline

The curriculum comprises 14 modules over an eight week period:

Module 0: Orientation to Online Learning

Introductions

Module 1: International Migration: Numbers and Characteristics

Module 2: Determinants of International Migration: Overview and Economics

Module 3:  Determinants of International Migration: Social, Political, Demographic and Environmental

Module 4: International Legal Norms and Frameworks: Overview and Economic Migration

Module 5:   International Legal Norms and Frameworks: Forced Migration

Module 6:   Migration and Development of Source Countries

Module 7:   Migration and Security

Module 8:   Migration and Climate Change

Module 9:   Policy Frameworks: Managing Legal Flow

Module 10:   Policy Frameworks: Controlling Irregular Migration

Module 11:   Policy Frameworks: Protecting and Assisting Refugees 

Module 12:  Integration and Impact of Migration: Migrant Perspective 

Module 13:  Immigrant Integration: Policies and Programs

Module 14:  Bilateral, Regional and Global Cooperation on Migration Management

Period of study

The period of study is two months part-time through online fully supported distance learning.

Practical information

Who can apply? Red Cross and Red Crescent National Society governance, senior management, branch leaders and managers, volunteers and staff; IFRC and ICRC staff; other professionals working in the international migration field

Language of instruction: The language of instruction is English.

Fees: The discounted rate for IFRC referred students is $495.99 (Regular Fee: $995.00)

Fees are due once you have registered for the programme. Registration at the Red Cross and Red Crescent rate may be done electronically at: http://scs.georgetown.edu/courses/1007/global-trends-in-international-migration#courseSection. To obtain the discount, please enter the following code REDCROSS15 (case sensitive).

Please note: Prior to registering, you must create a student profile at:

https://portal.scs.georgetown.edu/portal/logon.do?method=load and click on 'create your new student profile' under New Student.

Professional Credits: 3.2 Continuing Education Credits, which counts towards 1/6 of the Professional Certificate

More information

Further information can be found on:

The course flyer

The Georgetown University web site

If you have a specific enquiry, please address it to ccpeprograms@georgetown.edu, or call 01 (202) 687-8700 and your query will be forwarded to the most appropriate person.




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