A critical interdisciplinary exploration of current theories, debates, and discourses on the consequences of global migration for the re-conceptualizing of European identity, citizenship and the welfare state.

Janet Anand


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Important dates

01 Feb. 2021 – Students registration opens

22 Feb. 2021 – Students registration closes

8 Mar. 2021 – End of the production of the course with the partners

15 Mar. 2021 – Course opens

11 May 2021 – Course closes

A 7-Week Course for MA and PhD Students (5 ECTS)

Global Migration and European Identity

The ever-increasing rate of immigration is one of the most important recent changes for European identity. So much, that that European Union states are currently negotiating a new pact to stop migration and re-buttressing European borders. It is perhaps Ironical that while European countries mark diversity, equality, human rights, and democracy as common and identifying characteristics, the current political and policy climate fears the impact of migration on European society. The course will therefore ask critical questions as to what is European Identity, and how the politicization of border mobility and cultural encounters has resulted in opposition to the world of the “others “? This 7-week program offers students the opportunity to explore the subjective and structural impact of forced migrants and migration on the cultural, religious, social, political, and economic structures of selected European countries using an interdisciplinary perspective. Critical current events, namely the rise of populist right-wing politics, Brexit, Covid-19, and growing economic and social inequality will serve to illustrate how global migration are shaping new European identities. Post structural and post-colonial theories offer a critical lens from which to understand the politicization of migration, which is currently shaping European identity, as well as transformative opportunities for a more diverse Europe.

About the Online Course

Students will engage with current interdisciplinary theories, debates and international case studies for an in-depth understanding on how international migration impacts on European societies, and how the changing European identity affects migrants’ human rights and well-being.

The course is targeted to Finnish and Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) and international social sciences, health and humanities students currently undertaking Master or PhD studies. An interest in or previous migration studies in social sciences, law, public health, or philosophy, would be of advantage.

Learning Goals
On completion of the course, students will be able to:


Understand the dynamic influence of migration and migrants on European and national identities in Europe, and the causes and consequences of identity formation among immigrants and their descendants in Europe.


Engage with interdisciplinary perspectives on European immigration debates focusing on issues of identity, legal rights and socioeconomic inequity.


The ability to understand asylum seekers and refugees as rights holders in relation to social and political processes such as othering, discrimination, exclusion, and politicisation.


Discuss civic and ethnic underpinnings of European identity and their relationship to attitudes towards immigration and diversity.


Understanding of the relationship between identity and life chances, including socioeconomic outcomes and political participation.


Knowledge and application of research strategies that promote the agency of people with a refugees or asylum background in the production of social science knowledge, scientific and pedagogy.

Course Teachers

Teaching will be delivered by Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) academics from the University of Eastern Finland, University of Essex (UK), and University of Rome (Italy).

Janet Anand

Migration and International Social Work

Paul Fryer

Geography and Identity

Renee Luthra

Migration and International Social Work

Carlos Gigoux

Migration Studies & Human Rights

Dawid Bunikowski

Law & Philosophy

Rama Dasi Mariani


Furio Camillo Rosati


Tiina Sotkasiira

International migration, ethic relations and politics
The Organizing Team

The course is developed by a multidisciplinary team funded by the University of Eastern Finland.

Janet Anand

Migration and International Social Work

Mounir Ould Setti

Epidemiologist and Filmmaker

Enkhjargal Batbaatar

Health Economics and Social Work
Experts and Contributors

Experts in their fields contributed to the course content through interviews on some aspects and questions of Global Migration and European Identity. Among other experts, the following significantly contributed to the course production:

Jopi Nyman

Cultural Studies and Literature

Cecilia Pani

Volunteer in Comunità di Sant’Egidio

Henna Middeke

Human Rights Activist

Ayat Nashwan

Social Work

Natalie Joubert

Social Work

Course Structure

The 7 themed modules will be delivered in a documentary format, involving pre-recorded videos, online discussions, and blogs, interactive group work activities and a webpage. Recommended readings and resources will address the specific learning outcomes of each model. Course requirements will represent a student workload of 135 hr for 5ECTS.

Week 1

Introduction to the Course Activities and Conceptual Map

Week 2

Identification Continuity and Change in Receiving Societies, Immigrants, and their Children

Week 3

Rights of Refugees and Asylum Seekers: the System and the Reality

Week 4

Migrant Identity & Social Inclusion

Week 5

European Migration and Values, Politics, & Religions

Week 6

Socio-Economic Trends & the Future of Migrants in Europe

Week 7

Panel Discussion

All presenters exchange ideas on the overall topic of the course


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