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 SSC 313 - Migration and Integration


This course deals with the following two related topics: migration and integration. During the first part of the course international migration is analyzed from a conceptual, empirical, sociological, and political angle. Special attention is given to political and economical migration and to the relationship between migration flows and economic development. In the second part, the focus shifts to the integration of immigrants and their citizenship. Students familiarize themselves with concepts such as integration, assimilation, segregation, marginalization, anti-immigrant attitudes, citizenship, multiculturalism, and ethnicity. Theoretical insights are illustrated with many empirical data from different places in the world. A distinction will be made between social, cultural, educational, economic, and political aspects of the integration process. Special attention is given to some paradoxes and dilemmas of immigration. 

During the course we will deal with a broad array of questions: Why does immigration sometimes lead to segregation, marginalization and the formation of ethnic minorities, whereas in other cases migrants seem to integrate quite easily and assimilate into the country of settlement? To what degree is it possible to integrate well while retaining significant elements of one’s original culture? What could explain the recurrent emergence of anti-immigrant feelings in several countries? What explains the recurrent surfacing of violent protests in European cities? These and many other problems and issues shall be discussed in class on the basis of academic texts and data from multiple sources. Special attention goes to the role of public policy and to public policy making, in particular the educational policies, supposed to help integration and mitigate inequality.

Prof. Jeanne de Bruijn​



One of the following courses is required in order to take this course:

  • SSC 111 Introduction to Sociology
  • SSC 131 Introduction to Socio-Cultural Anthropology
  • SSC 151 Introduction to Political Theory
  • SSC 221 Social Psychology​