Global Migration

Discipline: Politics and International Relations
Instructor: Leblang
Credits: 3
Day: C
Start: 0920
End: 1035
Field Work: Day 4 - Casablanca - Wednesday, 26 June | Morocco
Prerequisites: At least one course in comparative or international politics AND at least one course in macroeconomics or international economics. The ability to read, understand and digest statistical information is a plus. Download Syllabus

This is an upper division undergraduate class focusing on the politics of migration, including public opinion, interest group politics, and the role of institutions. Our goal is to explore the political economy of migration in receiving and sending states over the last two hundred years, with a special focus on the current debates over immigration in Europe and the US.   Throughout the course we seek to explore two major questions: (1) what are the effects of migration on both the states that receive immigrants and the states that send emigrants and (2) how do policymakers respond to these effects?

Field Work

Country: Morocco
Day: 4 - Casablanca - Wednesday, 26 June

June 26 (Casablanca, Morocco) Situated as a gateway linking Africa to Europe, Morocco occupies a unique position as it is both a source and destination for migration.  Migrants leaving Southern Africa see Morocco as a country with more liberal political rights and a relatively expansive economy; some come to Morocco to stay while others see it as a gateway for entry—legal or otherwise—into the European Union.

  1.  We will travel by bus to Rabat, Morocco’s capital city, in order to broaden our understanding of international migration and Morocco’s unique position.  Our visit to Rabat will enable us to meet with representatives from three different groups focusing on immigration.   Most countries that are sources of immigration have developed government agencies to facilitate engagement with their diasporas—their expatriate populations living abroad.  The government of Morocco was one of the first to elevate this office to that of a government ministry: the Ministere Charge des Marocains Residant a l’entranger.   This ministry has three missions: (1) connect with Moroccans living abroad, (2)  protect the rights of Moroccans living abroad, and (3) encourage investment in Morocco by Moroccans living abroad.  We will meet with a representative from this Ministry and have contacted Monsieur Omar Azziman, President Delegue de la Fondation Hassan Il pour les Marocains Residant a l’Entranger.
  2. The International Organization for Migration is a non-governmental organization focusing on issues related to refugee resettlement, the reintegration of returning migrants, and migrant led development.  We will meet with a representative from this organization.
  3. The University of Rabat has a leading group of scholars studying immigration in countries south of the Sahara.  We will meet—and likely have lunch with—one of the professors from Mohammed V University in Rabat (contact made with Mohamed Khachani).
Upon return to the ship students will write up their experiences (5 pages double spaced) and Morocco’s programs with that of one other country.  ( Academic Objectives:
  1. Learn about diaspora engagement strategies
  2. Understand the importance of a country’s foreign population
  3. Interact with government officials
Note: We are meeting with government officials and appropriate attire is required. No shorts, tank-tops, t-shirts or sandals.