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Cross-border Migration, Governance and Security

One of the biggest challenges of our time is related to the increasing flows of cross-border migration. How do the EU and national governments deal with this complex issue which includes various dilemmas and inherent conflicting agendas?


When watching the news, the variety of opinions and national approaches vary immensely. Migration has many dimensions (national vs European policy, social and environmental issues, security-related questions including terrorism), which we will discuss and try to analyse during this minor.


This minor has been organised in such a way that it offers interesting perspectives and assignments for all TA students, be it students from European Studies, Bestuurskunde, HBO Recht or Integrale Veiligheidskunde. The lectures will be given in English and as such are also accessible for students from outside the Thorbecke Academy or NHL Stenden.


This minor will have a strong link to to the work field and will therefore have a substantial practical assignment. To support this element, a certain amount of knowledge subjects will be offered from different disciplines and by various lecturers. Finally, there will be space and time for skills and foreign language development (English speaking and writing on two levels for all students, additional foreign language for ES students only).


A selection of areas that will be covered:


  • Society & ethics: What is your moral compass? Which dilemmas do you face when giving your opinion or suggesting certain solutions?
  • European and national policy: How do we deal with migration issues on a national and on a European level? Do these measures /agreements supplement or contradict each other?
  • Security aspects: How can countries cooperate in this area when trying to control their borders, direct or limit migration flows?  What can be said about human trafficking and human smuggling in this regard? How does migration get linked to the fight against terrorism?
  • Law: What laws are relevant within the context of migration? What is the relationship between existing policy and human rights / international law? To what extent do newly developed proposals contradict existing agreements such as the Schengen Treaty and the Dublin agreement?


Student can look at and analyse the topic of migration from different perspectives and at different levels.


Student has learned specific communication and writing skills to be able to deal with real clients for whom a research project will be executed and a desired end product will be delivered.


Student will have learned about personal and interpersonal skills and can reflect on this as a result of working together in groups and doing a volunteer project individually.


The following competences will have been practiced and acquired at an intermediate level:

1. Self-reliance and autonomy

2. Social and communicative skills

3. Research

4. Language skills

5. Policy

6. Organisation

10. Navigation in the public/European domain (IVK/ES)

11. Veiligheidsvraagstukken  (IVK)

Aanvullende informatie

Some travel expenses related to field trips. Will be advised at the start of the programme


English minimum B2 level

See TA regeling Ingangseisen 2019- 2010


Assignments, written exams, presentations, research project


Will be announced at the start of the minor


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