What is "Migration 101"?
Migration 101 is an introduction to the topics that will be covered in the EMMIR programme and that are important for prospective students and already-accepted students to know. EMMIR builds on previous knowledge from a first degree in a related field, such as Social sciences, History, Cultural studies, Educational sciences, Law, Economics, Development Studies and Journalism.
Migration studies as a social scientific field draws on fields such as anthropology, history, economics, law, sociology and postcolonial studies. As such, we recognise that migration studies is a very interdisciplinary field -- in EMMIR combining cultural studies and social science perspectives -- and thus our students can bring many different skills and knowledge to the table. We welcome diversity in the backgrounds of our students.
Applying to EMMIR
As a requirement for this programme, prior knowledge of migration studies, intercultural relations, and empirical methods are an important part of your application. This prior knowledge is evaluated through your CV, your Statement of Purpose, and via a question in the online application asking for details regarding your experience and knowledge of these topics.
Those who have studied an unrelated field are still welcome to apply to EMMIR as long as you appropriately and convincingly justify why you are changing fields and want to pursue a degree in Migration and Intercultural Relations. This can be done in your statement of purpose and in the online application portal, EConsort. It would benefit your application to display knowledge of migration or intercultural relations through other experiences such as volunteering, internships, or work experience.
For those who do not have access to migration studies as a discipline in their higher education institutions, and thus have not been exposed to various social scientific theories that EMMIR builds on, this page can serve as a gateway into the world of migration studies. Those who want to improve their application can use these materials to do so.
Please note: we highly recommend against repeating the content found here or writing an academic paper, using citations, or stating simple facts about migration studies in your application. We do not advise you to write your Statement of Purpose or other texts directly citing these resources. Instead, we encourage you to use them to find topics within migration studies/intercultural relations that you're interested in, find common themes, synthesise and analyse information, and link specific topics and resources to your broader questions and interests. You may use these resources to develop your own ideas, positioning, and reflections about migration and intercultural relations. These ideas you form may inspire you while writing you statement of purpose and online application for EMMIR.
After EMMIR acceptance
This list of resources functions as more than an aid in the applications of prospective students. After being accepted to the EMMIR programme, we recommend our future students to read up on migration studies and intercultural relations as disciplines, as many of these topics will be quickly covered during the Intensive Phase in September. While the IP serves as a basic introduction to the discipline of migration studies and to EMMIR, there is basic knowledge of the social sciences that is assumed. In order to keep up with the rigorous academic standards and expectations during the first semester, we highly recommend prospective students to utilise to orient yourself in some of the key theories and contemporary approaches to migration studies as a field and discipline.
What is included here?
We have compiled a list of open-access resources for your personal use. If you have no academic or practical knowledge of migration studies intercultural relations, or empirical methods, or if you would like to increase your existing knowledge of these topics, you may use the following mini-database.
Resources below include website with databases, research articles, online courses, videos, and more.
"Migration 101": Introduction to Migration Studies,
Intercultural Relations, and Empirical Methods.
An EMMIR open-source database
Please note that this database is constantly being updated.
Last update: March 2019