Course Description: 3 credits (credits can be used to count toward Social Policy, Global Policy, Human Rights or Policy Analysis Concentrations at the Humphrey Institute, Social Work Family Policy Minor, Graduate School Population Minor or the Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Human Rights)
Issues of international migration and the integration of immigrants and refugees are among the most compelling and controversial public policy questions of our age. The purpose of this course is to give students an introduction to the most important issues and to authors and policy makers who have written about proposals for immigration reform in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. As part of the course students will have a chance to attend immigration court , to meet undocumented immigrants and refugees in the US, and to consult with policy experts from the EU and Washington, D.C.
The first half of the semester will be devoted to policies in other countries of the "global north", and to experiences in the EU, Canada, Australia with several migration policies (such as point systems for priority admissions, "amnesties", guestworker and family reunification policies). In the second half of the semester we will conduct a simulation of Congressional hearings, mark-up sessions and committee votes on the Senate's Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010.