International migration and immigration policies

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims at offering the knowledge and ability to understand the main features of migration policies. It focuses on three areas: policies of immigration (entry and residence), the policies for migrants (integration and citizenship), and local policies. The course will also consider some specific issues: entry policies, irregular immigration, asylum, multiculturalism, and citizenship.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the course, students will develop the ability to understand the forms of civic stratification of the resident population (from full citizens to unauthorized sojourners) and of the inequalities in the distribution of mobility rights across borders. Students will also acquire a stronger attitude to independent thinking and skills for continuing research in this field of study.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second trimester
In principle, classes will be held in presence.
If this will not be allowed, classes will be held on the Platform TEAMS. Students will be allowed to attend them both in synchronous and asyncronous form, as they will be recorded and made available on the same platform.
Program and materials will not change
Course syllabus
The course aims to provide a solid knowledge and a set of tools to understand migration policies, paying particular attention to the Italian and European case compared to the international context. The course is divided into four parts:
1) Immigration policies: borders, right of mobility, irregular immigration
2) Policies for immigrants: multiculturalism, civic integration, reception of refugees, citizenship as a legal frame and as a practical activity
3) Local policies for immigrants as a battleground
4) Immigrant care workers and invisible Welfare.

During the course seminars, activities and presentations of recent research studies will be also planned

First part: Immigration policies.
1. Immigration as a challenge of national sovereignty
2. The right to mobility and the selective regulation of access to the national territory
3. The issue of irregular immigration
4. The paths to regularization of irregular immigrants
5. The policies towards asylum seekers and refugees

Second part: Policies for the immigrants
1. The discussion on multiculturalism
2. The new emphasis on "civic integration" in the European Union and neo-assimilationist policies
3. Diversity and interculturalism
4. The reception of asylum seekers
5. Citizenship: legal rules and social practices

Third part: Local policies and trends
1. Diversity policies at the local level
2. Local policies of exclusion against immigrants and refugees
3. The action of civil society. Migration policies as a battleground
4. Immigrants' religions and integration

Fourth part: Immigrants' contribution to the informal Welfare
1. Immigrant careworkers and native families
2. Transnational families of immigrants
3. The contradictions between the care regime and migration regime
Prerequisites for admission
Knowledge of general sociology is recommended as a prerequisite. For students speaking Italian, attendance of the course "Migration processes" is equally recommended
Teaching methods
Each class will consist of a lecture-style presentation accompanied by slides and an open discussion with the participants.
Active participation by students will be encouraged. Students are expected to constructively participate with questions and comments, to highlight main points and/or comparative aspects of the issue at stake.
Active participation by students is strongly recommended. In order to be recognized as a participant, a student is required to attend at least 75 per cent of the classes, signing the sheet.
No exceptions are admitted.
Teaching Resources
For participants:

M.Ambrosini, Irregular Immigration in Southern Europe. Actors, Dynamics and Governance, Palgrave MacMillan, Cham, 2018.
M.Ambrosini, M. Cinalli, D. Jacobson, Migrations, Borders and Citizenship, Palgrave MacMillan, Cham, 2019.

Other articles will be suggested during the classes.
Slides and notes taken during the classes will complement the bibliography.

For non-participants:

De Haas H., Castles S. and Miller M.J. 2020. The Age of Migration. International Populations Movements in the Modern World (6th edition). London: Red Globe Press.
M.Ambrosini, Irregular Immigration in Southern Europe. Actors, Dynamics and Governance, Palgrave MacMillan, Cham, 2018.
M.Ambrosini, M. Cinalli, D. Jacobson, Migrations, Borders and Citizenship, Palgrave MacMillan, Cham, 2019.

Students are also invited to download the slides of the course from the Professor's website.
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Assessment methods and Criteria
If rules will allow, the exam will be written and will consist of a list of ten open questions, with 10' for each question (1 hour 40 minutes).
It will evaluate the level of knowledge of the main issues of the course, the ability to critically analyse the concepts, the competence in discussing migration policies at international, national and local level.
If this will not be allowed, the exam will be due in oral form, at a distance
Lessons: 60 hours
Professor: Ambrosini Maurizio
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