Migration Studies

International MA Program in

Theories of International Migration

Prof. Noah Lewin-Epstein


The purpose of the course is to acquaint students with the main issues and debates in the field of International Migration. The course has two main parts. The first focuses on theories of immigration (why people move). Guided by migration theories, we will discuss past (especially the 1840-1920 period) and current patterns of migration in various parts of the world. The second part of the course focuses on the integration of immigrants in host societies. We start with theories and empirical studies of immigrants' skills and assimilation in labor markets, and then discuss social assimilation and integration of immigrants.