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This course provides participants with a conceptual framework and analytical tools to address the relationship between international migration and economic and social development.

It emphasises the legal and institutional framework for international migration, examines governments' recent changes in policies towards their diasporas, and focuses on different case studies to exemplify how the links between diasporas and their communities of origin have an impact on the conditions and policies for development. Through the study materials, specialised articles, short research activities, exchange of opinions in discussion forums with diplomats from several countries as well as through an individual research project, participants will develop the skills necessary to research, analyse, and apply concepts; compare the experiences of different countries regarding migration and development; and assess existing models and practices.

Migration and Development is offered through cooperation between the Instituto Matías Romero of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and DiploFoundation. The course is offered simultaneously in English and Spanish.

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The class was diverse and fun.
 

Jemmima Njahira Njeri
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Course details

This course provides participants with a conceptual framework and analytical tools to address the relationship between international migration and economic and social development.

It emphasises the legal and institutional framework for international migration, examines governments' recent changes in policies towards their diasporas, and focuses on different case studies to exemplify how the links between diasporas and their communities of origin have an impact on the conditions and policies for development. Through the study materials, specialised articles, short research activities, exchange of opinions in discussion forums with diplomats from several countries as well as through an individual research project, participants will develop the skills necessary to research, analyse, and apply concepts; compare the experiences of different countries regarding migration and development; and assess existing models and practices.

Migration and Development is offered through cooperation between the Instituto Matías Romero of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and DiploFoundation. The course is offered simultaneously in English and Spanish.

Course Outline

Unit 1: Migration and Global Governance

  • Migration as a priority issue in the international agenda
  • International cooperation on migration: opportunities and limitations
  • International institutions dealing with migration
  • The 'new' dialogue on international migration (UN High Level Dialogue on International Migration; Global Forum on Migration and Development)
  • Conclusions: Challenges for global migration governance

Unit 2: States, Diasporas, and Development

  • Diasporas as a development agent
  • How do diasporas relate to their country of origin
  • Country of origin approaches to diaspora engagement
  • Country of destination approaches to diaspora engagement
  • International and regional organisations mobilising diasporas for development
  • Conclusions: The different agendas of states, international organisations, and diasporas

Unit 3: Diasporas and Development: Achievements and Challenges

  • Effects of migration on development
  • Disaporas as development agents
  • Diaspora investments and knowledge transfer networks
  • Diasporas and philanthropy
  • Diasporas and tourism
  • Diasporas and nostalgia markets
  • Digital diasporas
  • Conclusions: Diasporas, a panacea for development?

Unit 4: Conclusions and Final Research Paper

  • Pending issues in the migration/development agenda – policy and research
  • Proposals and recommendations
  • Discussion forum on final research projects
Reviews

To be an expert in any field starts with a step in the right direction and this was my first. At first, I thought that this course was meant for managers and supervisors and was hesitant to apply. I gave it a thought and decided to take the challenge and am grateful that I dedicated my free time to pursue it. The information shared to us was factual and enlightening; I learnt many new things and appreciate the assistance accorded to us by our professor who was always ready to assist us. The class was diverse and fun and provided a forum for us to exchange ideas and learn about projects that other countries have. I also developed very strong networks that I treasure. This is truly the best forum for anyone interested in International Relations; learning is fun and stress free.

Jemmima Njahira Njeri
International Organisation for Migration, Nairobi, Kenya
2010
Who should apply

This course will be of interest to diplomats, civil servants, academics and civil society representatives involved in the migration policy processes and negotiations.

Prerequisites

Applicants must have:

  • An undergraduate university degree OR three years of work experience in a relevant field.
  • Sufficient ability in English or Spanish language to undertake postgraduate level studies (including reading academic texts, discussing complex concepts with other course participants, and submitting written essay assignments).
  • Unrestricted access to the Internet using Firefox or Internet Explorer web browsers.
Fees

€650 per participant.

How to apply

Please apply online for this course. You will be notified of acceptance within a week of submitting your application. Fees are due in full within seven days of acceptance.

In case of enquiries, please contact us at admissions@diplomacy.edu

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Course details:

This course provides participants with a conceptual framework and analytical tools to address the relationship between international migration and economic and social development.

It emphasises the legal and institutional framework for international migration, examines governments' recent changes in policies towards their diasporas, and focuses on different case studies to exemplify how the links between diasporas and their communities of origin have an impact on the conditions and policies for development. Through the study materials, specialised articles, short research activities, exchange of opinions in discussion forums with diplomats from several countries as well as through an individual research project, participants will develop the skills necessary to research, analyse, and apply concepts; compare the experiences of different countries regarding migration and development; and assess existing models and practices.

Migration and Development is offered through cooperation between the Instituto Matías Romero of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and DiploFoundation. The course is offered simultaneously in English and Spanish.

Course Outline

Unit 1: Migration and Global Governance

  • Migration as a priority issue in the international agenda
  • International cooperation on migration: opportunities and limitations
  • International institutions dealing with migration
  • The 'new' dialogue on international migration (UN High Level Dialogue on International Migration; Global Forum on Migration and Development)
  • Conclusions: Challenges for global migration governance

Unit 2: States, Diasporas, and Development

  • Diasporas as a development agent
  • How do diasporas relate to their country of origin
  • Country of origin approaches to diaspora engagement
  • Country of destination approaches to diaspora engagement
  • International and regional organisations mobilising diasporas for development
  • Conclusions: The different agendas of states, international organisations, and diasporas

Unit 3: Diasporas and Development: Achievements and Challenges

  • Effects of migration on development
  • Disaporas as development agents
  • Diaspora investments and knowledge transfer networks
  • Diasporas and philanthropy
  • Diasporas and tourism
  • Diasporas and nostalgia markets
  • Digital diasporas
  • Conclusions: Diasporas, a panacea for development?

Unit 4: Conclusions and Final Research Paper

  • Pending issues in the migration/development agenda – policy and research
  • Proposals and recommendations
  • Discussion forum on final research projects
Who should apply:

This course will be of interest to diplomats, civil servants, academics and civil society representatives involved in the migration policy processes and negotiations.

Methodology:

This course is offered online through the e-learning system of the Instituto Matías Romero, using its e-learning methodology. Course activities include reading course texts (provided online), group discussion in forums and written assignments. Participants may choose to take the course in either English or Spanish (course materials and tutoring are available in both languages). Participants need an advanced knowledge of one of the course languages to participate in the course.

The course requires approximately six hours of study time per week.

Participants who successfully complete all course requirements will receive a certificate.

Prerequisites:

Applicants must have:

  • An undergraduate university degree OR three years of work experience in a relevant field.
  • Sufficient ability in English or Spanish language to undertake postgraduate level studies (including reading academic texts, discussing complex concepts with other course participants, and submitting written essay assignments).
  • Unrestricted access to the Internet using Firefox or Internet Explorer web browsers.
Fees:

€650 per participant.

How to apply:

Please apply online for this course. You will be notified of acceptance within a week of submitting your application. Fees are due in full within seven days of acceptance.

In case of enquiries, please contact us at admissions@diplomacy.edu

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