QUERY ON MIGRATION STUDIES

 

To participate, kindly respond by 1 March 2017: gym2013unesco@gmail.com

Migration and human mobility are critical challenges facing the world today and attempts to provide responses through national, regional or global policies are on the rise. From a preliminary scoping exercise to map substantial courses on migration worldwide (attached), it seems however that migration studies continue to remain deeply fragmented, cutting across several social science disciplines like Geography, Demography, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, Labour Studies, Development Studies, Social Work, History and Political Sciences.  The initial scoping also suggests a geographical bias with an underrepresentation of courses from Africa, Asia, and South America.

Studies in migration can prepare students for careers in a wide variety of occupations in research institutions, government agencies, think tanks, non-governmental organizations or international organizations, among others. The Query on Migration Studies therefore hopes to support students’ orientation and professional careers in the field of migration.

Aspiring and current students, development practitioners, and professionals working or interested in the field of migration, be it international or internal, are kindly requested to respond to the following questions:

  1. Do you think current migration studies courses are well planned? If yes, why? If not, what content should a migration studies curriculum cover?
  2. Which courses, apart from programmes on migration studies, can lead to a career in migration?
  3. What courses can be added to enrich or correct the attached List of Courses on Migration Studies?

The consolidated reply will be shared and posted on UNESCO networks, especially on GYM (www.unescogym.org) under our newly created Youth Corner, for the benefits of students wishing to become professionals prepared to cope with one of the critical challenges facing the world today.

To respond to this query, please write to: gym2013unesco@gmail.com by 1 March 2017. We look forward to your valuable contributions.

Marina Faetanini
On behalf of the GYM Team
UNESCO New Delhi Office

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