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ECN 485 Economics of Migration and Immigration (3 credits)

In this course, population movements are analyzed from the economics perspective. With respect to voluntary migration, we study both the macro issues (namely, the economic consequences of the loss and gain of population; the effect of globalization on labor markets) as well as the micro issues (such as who migrates and why). We study the different kinds of migrations that occur and the conditions that cause them to predominate. In the study of involuntary migration, we focus on the economic pressures used to force relocation. We also study the options open to displaced peoples, including encampments, repatriation, integration and third country asylum. Finally, we ask what happens to the economies of host countries when they are inundated with foreign migrants. Given that at this time, the majority of the annual migrants go to just four host countries: United States, Germany, Canada, and Australia, it is imperative to understand the effect of migration on their economies and the concerns that underlie immigration policy. Satisfies Social Science GER.