This module helps to understand the present situation of migrants in Europe and Germany from a historical perspective. How do migrants in Germany live? What do they learn, which schools do they go to? Do they get involved with society? Assimilation, parallel society or integration? How is the situation of migrants today? This seminar deals with the theoretical background and both the problems and opportunities of migration and tries to answer the above questions. In groups the everyday experiences of the participants will be reflected upon and discussed. Furthermore, practical examples from recent migration research and national migration stories will be part of the course.
- Developing an understanding of migrants
- Gaining an overview of the history of migration
- Perceiving the difference in lifestyle of a local population and migrants
- Realistically evaluating the influence of migration on society on the basis of demographical facts
- Migration: Historical and Conceptual Approach
- Migration in history
- Forms of migration
- Figures and facts about today’s situation
- Worldwide migration
- Heterogeneous migration in Central Europe
- Germany – from a society of emigration to immigration
- Situation of migrants
- Socio-demographic structure (population, age structure, training, labour market participation and education, unemployment, poverty and crime rate, asylum seekers, refugees).
- Change of paradigm through immigration law
- The situation of children and under-age migrants (education)
- Migration and milieus (is there a better way to phrase this? Social environments/backgrounds? It’s not a commonly known word! This is OK, of course, if it needs to be a technical term)
- Institutions for migration and integration on a political and church level
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