Migration: Theory, Concepts and Selected Issues

The details
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
29 June 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA L31112 Migration Studies,
MSC L31112 Migration Studies,
MSC L31124 Migration Studies

Module description

Throughout the module, we will discuss international theories of migration and social integration, examine migration and refugee policies in a comparative perspective, the difference between statistical and taste-based discrimination, and the perpetuation of bias, how we gain an understanding of labour market integration; and the debates surrounding migration, prostitution and sex work.

Module aims

The overall aim is to enhance students’ interests in migration by exploring selected issues such as theories of migration, social integration, labour market, citizenship and rights and migration and sex work. It takes an international perspective by including cultural specificity and variation as well as the global concerns and policy into migration issues.

Module learning outcomes

The module will encourage students to embrace various sociological approaches to the interpretation of migration and to critically examine related discourses and policies in order to develop a thorough review of the literature on the subject.

Module information

Please note that assessment information is currently showing for 2019-20 and will be updated in September.

Learning and teaching methods

No information available.


  • Vuolajärvi, Niina. (2018) 'Governing in the Name of Caring—the Nordic Model of Prostitution and its Punitive Consequences for Migrants Who Sell Sex', in Sexuality Research and Social Policy.
  • Alba, Richard; Foner, Nancy. (2014) 'Comparing Immigrant Integration in North America and Western Europe: How much do the Grand Narratives Tell Us?', in International Migration Review. vol. 48 (s1) , pp.263-291
  • Zwysen, Wouter. (2018) 'Different Patterns of Labor Market Integration by Migration Motivation in Europe: The Role of Host Country Human Capital', in International Migration Review.
  • Soysal, Yasemin Nuhoglu. (2012) 'Citizenship, immigration, and the European social project: Rights and obligations of individuality', in The British Journal of Sociology. vol. 63 (1) , pp.1-21
  • Heath, Anthony; Demireva, Neli. (2014-01-02) 'Has multiculturalism failed in Britain?', in Ethnic and Racial Studies. vol. 37 (1) , pp.161-180
  • Bommes, Michael; Morawska, Ewa T. (c2005) International migration research: constructions, omissions and the promises of interdisciplinarity, Aldershot: Ashgate.
  • Shachar, A. (2007) 'Against Birthright Privilege: Redefining Citizenship as Property', in Identities, affiliations, and allegiances, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press., pp.257-281
  • Dahinden, Janine. (2013) 'Cities, Migrant Incorporation, and Ethnicity: A Network Perspective on Boundary Work', in Journal of International Migration and Integration. vol. 14 (1) , pp.39-60
  • Ruhs, M.; Vargas-Silva, C. (2018) The labour market effects of immigration. Migrant Observatory Briefing, Oxford: University of Oxford.
  • Gebhardt, Dirk. (2016-04-08) 'When the state takes over: civic integration programmes and the role of cities in immigrant integration', in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. vol. 42 (5) , pp.742-758
  • Busza, Joanna. (2004) 'Sex Work and Migration: The Dangers of Oversimplification: A Case Study of Vietnamese Women in Cambodia', in Health and Human Rights. vol. 7 (2) , pp.231-249
  • Castles, Stephen; Miller, Mark J. (2009) The age of migration: international population movements in the modern world, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • O'Connell Davidson, Julia. (2006) 'Will the real sex slave please stand up?', in Feminist Review. vol. 83 (1) , pp.4-22
  • Ager, A.; Strang, A. (2008-04-18) 'Understanding Integration: A Conceptual Framework', in Journal of Refugee Studies. vol. 21 (2) , pp.166-191
  • Bloemraad, Irene. (2018) 'Theorising the power of citizenship as claims-making', in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. vol. 44 (1) , pp.4-26
  • Agustín, Laura. (2006) 'The Disappearing of a Migration Category: Migrants Who Sell Sex', in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. vol. 32 (1) , pp.29-47
  • Dustmann, C.; Frattini, T.; Preston, I. P. (2013) 'The Effect of Immigration along the Distribution of Wages', in The Review of Economic Studies. vol. 80 (1) , pp.145-173
  • Massey, Douglas S.; Arango, Joaquin; Hugo, Graeme; Kouaouci, Ali; Pellegrino, Adela; Taylor, J. Edward. (1993-09) 'Theories of International Migration: A Review and Appraisal', in Population and Development Review. vol. 19 (3) , pp.431-
  • Shafir, Gershon. (c1998) The citizenship debates: a reader, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Report     50% 
Coursework   Literature review     50% 

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Carlos Gigoux Gramegna, email:
Dr Carlos Gigoux, Prof. Yasemin Soysal, Dr Renee Luthra, Dr Isabel Crowhurst
Michele Hall, Graduate Administrator, Telephone 01206 873051, Email:



External examiner

Dr Umut Erel
Open University
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
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