Fall/Winter Timetable

POL410H1F L0201

Graduate Course Code: POL2391H1F L0201

Topics in Comparative Politics III

Global Migration: Laborers, Refugees, Expellees, and Others


The course will explore the refugee/work nexus. It will examine the world’s largest refugee flows (from Afghanistan, Syria, Ukraine, and others) to and within Europe. It will explain the causes of flight, the destination countries within Europe, and refugee lives in Europe. What led particular refugees to particular countries (Syrians to Germany, Ukrainians to Poland)? What were their experiences in the first countries they reached and through which they passed (Greece, Italy, and Spain for MENA refugees) to reach other destinations? The course will focus in particular on work: what sort of jobs do refugees take? Which sectors are they mostly found in? Are their skills recognized, or is migration itself a deskilling process? ‘Work’ here is broadly understood: manufacturing and service sector jobs, domestic work, and sex work.


2.0 credits in POL/ JPA/ JPF/ JPI/ JPR/ JPS/ JRA courses