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Immigration Integration Policies


Credits: 4 ECTS

Second semester

Pathway core courses




Should the process of becoming a citizen include language requirements? Why the extreme-right exploits immigration in their political programs? Why are cities central to the integration of immigrants? Should Muslim women of immigrant background be banned from wearing the burka in public places? The integration of immigrants is one of the most politicized issues in the political agenda of host societies. From Europe to the United States, from Malaysia to South Africa, the practical implications of the integration of immigrants require of policy answers to managing the process. The policy-making of immigrant integration raise important questions related to the policy patterns followed by certain countries in comparison to others. Truth is that immigration has made of host societies richer and diverse ones. However, the presence of heterogeneous groups of immigrants invites important questions on how to better manage the process; how immigrants and the host society interact in the public sphere; how to manage religious pluralism or how local policies can become even more relevant than national ones in a context of proximity such as the city.  Taking a comparative approach, this course aims to normatively and empirically explore the integration of immigrants and the evolution this process is currently having with an eye on Europe and North America and their cities.


The class will be divided into two parts. The first part will be devoted to the lecture of the session’s topic and the second part will be devoted to the active role of students through different activities aimed at putting into perspective the lessons learned. Due to the interactive component of the class, attendance is central to the subject.

  • 10%  Participation in class
  • 25%  Group presentation
  • 15%  Simulation exercise
  • 50%  Policy paper