nl en

Politics of Migration and Diversity


Entry requirements

No entry requirements.


This course is given at and by the Erasmus University Rotterdam, and is part of the Governance of Migration and Diversity Master programme.

Migration and diversity are key political topics of our times. Departing from the concept of governance this course focuses both on policies regarding migration and diversity, as well as the role that migration and diversity play in politics.

From a policy studies perspective, the course subsequently focuses on how and why specific types of migration and diversity policies are developed. It provides an overview of citizenship models and, related to these models, types of integration and diversity policies. Also, it discusses theories on the management of different types of migration flows. Here, attention will be addressed to national as well as local and European policies; to what extent is there multi-level governance in the fields of migration and diversity? Furthermore, we will reflect on different ways in which policies have affected the realities of migration and diversity.

From a political science perspective, the course discusses how politicization affects policymaking in migration and diversity governance and how the rise of populist and anti-immigrant parties is influencing migration and diversity policies.

The course will focus not only on contemporary politics and policymaking, but also on how migration and diversity have evolved as topics in politics and governance over the past centuries. To what extent are contemporary debates on migration and diversity really new?

Course objectives

This course enables students to:

  • Understand and link the concept of governance to migration and identify and apply to theoretical models of migration management

  • Compare migration and diversity policies at different levels and understand how these levels relate to each other.

  • Identify theoretical models of citizenship and understand how these link to integration and diversity policies

  • Compare contemporary developments in migration and diversity policy with historic developments

  • Understand what role migrants can and do play in politics (today and throughout history)

  • Identify anti-immigrant and populist parties, understand their development, and understand their broader impact on migration and diversity policies.


For more information, see the EUR Timetable

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • Seminar

Course load

Not applicable.

Assessment method


  • Exam: 100%

For more information on the assessment method, contact P.W.A. Scholten


Blackboard will be used for:

  • Course information

  • Literature

Reading List

The following handbooks are available at the University Library:

  • Geddes, A. and Scholten, P. (2016) The politics of migration and immigration in Europe. London: Sage.

In addition, a number of articles are available on the digital learning environment.


Not applicable.

Registration Studeren à la carte en Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


EUR course description P.W.A. Scholten


Not applicable.