Migration and migrants are umbrella terms that too often have been used ubiquitously and incorrectly in mass media. In this course, we will look into the distinct experiences of subgroups that could be referred to by the term "migrant", including asylum seekers, refugees, economic migrants and international students.
You will hear first hand from international students and academics who research economic migrants. They will help you understand the situation from multiple perspectives, and suggest how you can be more critical about the information you see, and what actions you can take to help tackle migration issues.
Rethinking the so-called refugee crisis
Konstanty Gebert shares his perspective on the phenomena that has dominated European political climate in the past few years - the so-called "refugee crisis". By questioning the accuracy of two terms "refugee" and "crisis" in describing what is happening, Konstanty Gebert characterizes the situation as normacy rather than a crisis. The response by European governments and citizens to the situation, he argues, will have implication on the state of peace and democracy on the European continent.
Migration through education opportunities: the case of studying abroad in South Korea
What are the push-and-pull factors of studying abroad? How much value does the school, the destination country and the entire experience of studying abroad add to your personal and career development? What are some trade-offs? Huyen Trang Tran discusses the movement of students within Asia, the underlying economic and cultural forces and where her personal experiences fits into the larger picture. Originally from Hanoi, Vietnam, Huyen Trang Tran studied at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea for 4 years
Migrants, Refugees and Social Media: a case study of migrants in Denmark
What role does media and new technologies play in facilitating migration? How do migrants interact with each other, what information is available, how organised is this, and what forums do they use? These are some of the questions that Sahra-Josephine addresses by sharing with your her findings from research on Turkish and Romanian migrants to Denmark. In addition, she discusses self-perception and identity in relation to the use of technology in the case of labor migrants in the Danish context.
Abuse of labor migrants: a case study of labor migrants for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
Kim L. Jørgensen analyses the human right abuses committed against migrant workers in Qatar for the constructions for the 2022 World Cup from different party's perspectives. Specifically, he examines possible motivations behind Qatar's to bid for the World Cup, the push and pulls factor that influence migrant workers according to Migration theory, and the involvement of international organisations including FIFA and human right INGOs. He argues that all of us as global citizens should feel a sense of responsibility in the situation, and suggests actions that you can take to get involved.