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Migration Policies and Social Integration

Code: 44039 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
4313228 Social Policy, Employment and Welfare OT 0 2
The proposed teaching and assessment methodology that appear in the guide may be subject to changes as a result of the restrictions to face-to-face class attendance imposed by the health authorities.


Sonia Parella Rubio

Use of Languages

Principal working language:
spanish (spa)


Teresa Sorde Marti
Massoud Sharifi Dryaz



Objectives and Contextualisation

The growth of international migration in European societies has become one of the most important social events and poses major challenges for public policies and models of social cohesion and coexistence. The general objective of the module is to offer analytical, conceptual and methodological tools to address these processes of economic, political and social transformation, from a comparative perspective and from the emphasis on two key axes in managing migration and diversity:
- Migration policies and control of flows and their impacts on the rights of people
- Integration policies, from the perspective of equality and redistribution, as well as from the perspective of the recognition and management of diversity and coexistence 


  • Design, implement and evaluate social policies and processes for resource redistribution and improvement of citizens' welfare, in different contexts and from a European perspective.
  • Recognise the main economic, political, social and cultural transformations of complex societies in order to analyse the fundamental challenges they pose to equality and welfare.
  • To apply the gender approach in the analysis of the relationship among labour market, cares and social inequality.
  • Use and manage bibliography and IT resources in the field of study.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyse the challenges posed by the social dynamics of migratory processes in Europe to models of integration and social exclusion processes.
  2. Apply the gender perspective to the link between care work and migration patterns in Europe and to their impacts.
  3. Apply the principles of public policies that tackle the integration of the immigrant population from a standpoint of equality and redistribution in societies, taking into account the peculiarities of the different welfare regimes and immigration regimes.
  4. Identify gender as one of the main social relations that shape migration patterns, integration processes and the design of public policies that affect the immigrant population.
  5. Use and manage bibliography and IT resources in the field of study.


1. The challenges of migration policy
2. Migration policy in the EU
3. The axes of asylum and refugee policy in Europe
4. Highly qualified immigration: labor markets and regulation
5. Challenges and debates about the construction of citizenship in the EU
6. Policies for integration and management of diversity in the EU
7. Anti-discrimination policies in the EU


Combine master classes with participatory debates and a role playing exercise

Racist, sexist and lgtbiqphobic views and statements are not welcome

Annotation: Within the schedule set by the centre or degree programme, 15 minutes of one class will be reserved for students to evaluate their lecturers and their courses or modules through questionnaires.


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Master classes 22 0.88 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Oral presentation 4 0.16 1, 3, 4, 5
Type: Supervised      
Tutorial 15 0.6 3, 4, 5
Type: Autonomous      
Preparing academic paper 70 2.8 1, 3, 4, 5
Preparing exercises 39 1.56 2, 3, 4


The evaluation incorporates three different types of evidence:
• INDIVIDUAL EXERCISES: delivery of 2 sessions summary (40%)
• ORAL PRESENTATION. Oral presentations in teams of 3-4 people. "Role playing" methodology (20%)
Other issues to keep in mind: - Class attendance is mandatory - Calculation of the final grade. It is necessary to achieve a rating of at least 4  on each evidence

Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Oral presentation 20% 0 0 1, 3, 4, 5
Research paper 40% 0 0 2, 3, 4, 5
Submission of 2 exercises 40% (20% each exercise) 0 0 1, 3, 4, 5


Brown, Wendy (2015). Estados amurallados: soberanía en declive. Barcelona : Herder

Cachón Rodríguez, Lorenzo y Aysa-Lastra, María (2019). «El Pacto Mundial para la Migración Segura, Ordenada y Regular: un contrato social internacional». Anuario CIDOB de la Inmigración 2019 , p. 84-95. DOI: doi.org/10.24241/AnuarioCIDOBInmi.2019.84.  Disponible en:


Castles S. (1986) The Guest-Worker in Western Europe — An Obituary. International Migration Review. 1986;20(4):761-778. 

Castles, Stephen (2006). “Guestworkers in Europe: A Resurrection?” The International Migration Review, vol. 40, no. 4, 2006, pp. 741–766. 

Ferrero-Turrión, Ruth (2016), “Europa sin rumbo. El fracaso de la UE en la gestión de la crisis de refugiados.” en Revista de estudios internacionales mediterráneos, 21, 159-176.https://repositorio.uam.es/bitstream/handle/10486/676928/REIM_21_12.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

Gouws, Amanda. (2013), Multiculturalism in South Africa: Dislodging the Binary between Universal Human Rights and Culture/Tradition, Politikon, 10.1080/02589346.2013.765674, 40, 1, (35-55)

Iredale, R. (2001): “The migration of professionals: theory and typologies.” International Migration, vol. 38 (5), pp: 7-24.

Meissner, Fran & Steven Vertovec (2015) Comparing super-diversity, Ethnic and Racial  Studies, 38:4, 541-555

Meyer, J-B (2001) “Network approach versus brain drain: lessons from the diaspora”, International Migration 39(5): 91-110.

Mezzadra, S y Brett, N. (2017). La Frontera como Método. Madrid: Traficante de Sueños      Disponible en:   https://traficantes.net/libros/la-frontera-como-método 

Meyer. J.B. (2001). Network approach versus brain drain : lessons from the diaspora. International Migration, Wiley, 2001, 39 (5), p. 91-110. ff10.1111/1468-2435.00173ff. ffird-01730582f

Sassen, S. (2016)  "La pérdida masiva de hábitat. Nuevas motivaciones para la migración". Iglesia Viva, 270: 11-38.   Disponible en: https://iviva.org/revistas/270/270-11-SASSEN.pdf ; (Versión original en inglés:  A Massive Loss of Habitat: New Drivers for Migration, 2016,  Sociology of Development 2(2):204-233)

Simon, Patrick (2012) Collecting ethnic statistics in Europe: a review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 35:8, 1366-1391, DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2011.607507

Small, Mario L., and Devah Pager. 2020. "Sociological Perspectives on Racial Discrimination." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 34 (2): 49-67.

Special Issue:70 years of International Social Science Journal Volume 68, Issue 227-228

Vertovec, Steven (2007). "Super-diversity and its implications". Ethnic and Racial Studies.  30 (6): 1024–1054.

Zapata-Barrero, R. (2017) Interculturalism in the post-multicultural debate: a defence. CMS 5, 14 . https://doi.org/10.1186/s40878-017-0057-z


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