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ΚKΠ12 - Migration Policy

Tutor: Lina Ventura

Semester: 6th
ECTS: 4.5

Short Description:

  • International migrations in the 20th century. Post World-War II refugees. Post World-War II labour migration to Western Europe. Family reunion. The politicisation of migration. Refugees and asylum seekers in Europe after 1989. Free circulation of European citizens. Highly skilled and unskilled migrants in Europe. Student migration. EU policies.
  • Immigration to South and Eastern Europe after 1989. Migration to Greece. Legal and sociological categories of migrants.Refugees and asylum seekers in Greece. Greek policies.
  • Racism and xenophobia. Institutional and informal discrimination. Stereotypes and the media.
  • International, supra-national and national policies. Regulation of flows and border control. Laws and regulation programs. Integration policies and models. Labour market, integration and exclusion. Political rights and naturalization. Criminality, criminalisation. Trafficking and anti-criminal policy. Reception and detention camps.

The “second generation”. Legal status, citizenship, political and social rights. Educational and labour market policies, social mobility.


To understand:
a. how states influence population flows and processes of migrant integration/exclusion
b. the variation of state and supra-national terminologies and migration policies
c. the various levels/agents of policy-making (international organizations, EU, central governments, local authorities)
To critically explore the legal and sociological categorizations of migrants

Learning Outcomes:

The understanding of the historicity and complexity of migrations and migration policies
The competence:
a. to link specific migration policies with their short- and long-term consequences
b. to distinguish political discourse from actual practices and planning from implementation


13 weekly three-hour sessions with input from tutor and discussion


Written examination.
Students who wish to obtain a deeper understanding of the course may prepare a written essay (2000-5000 words), which will account for 50% of their final grade.


Bagavos, Ch, Papadopoulou, D, (eds.) (2006), Immigration and immigrant assimilation in Greek society, Athens, Gutenberg.
Goldin I., G. Cameron, M. Balarajan (2013), Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped Our World and Will Define Our Future, University of Crete Press, Irakleion.
Maroukis Th. (2010), Economic Migration in Greece. Labour Market and social integration, Athens, Papazissis.
Pavlou, M, Christopoulos, D, (eds.) (2004), The Greece of Immigration: social participation, rights and citizenship, Athens, Kritiki.