Migration has become a major political issue in Britain, the European Union and other countries such as the USA, and has been closely related to debates about ‘ethnic minorities’.
However, migration is a global phenomenon – people are on the move for political, economic and personal reasons. The aim of this module is to familiarise students with the varied migrations within and across borders. Through reading case studies of migrant experiences in countries such as the UK, Europe, USA, Hong Kong, South Africa and post-communist Soviet Union students will gain an understanding of what motivates people to leave their native place permanently or temporarily.
The module will also explore the political, social and cultural consequences and impacts of spatial mobility, and particularly highlight the relationship between place, power and identity.