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Course organization

Participants enter the course with an individual password, and work on the course at the time that fits best into their own weekly schedule. It thus offers a high degree of flexibility.  Participants can during each week choose the hours during which they read the course material, do the assignments, and participate in the online discussion. In that way, they can combine participation with (most of the) other obligations they have throughout the week. But they are expected to do the weekly assignments during each week, so that the different participants remain “on the same page” and reflect on the same issues.

Participants in the course will all be active professionals from different countries who gain a lot from each other’s experience. The programme is therefore a highly interactive one. Participants interact with the coaches, but also with outside experts, and with the other participants (who are experts in their own field and regarding the situation in their own country).

This programme favors collaborative learning. Participants are requested to actively contribute to discussions, asking critical questions to fellow participants and to the coaches, commenting on each other’s ideas, and cooperating with others in the completion of the assignments. The course thus makes each participant a consultant to all the others.
Participants are encouraged to work on policy issues and proposals that they can immediately use in their own daily work environment and to discuss those issues that they face in the implementation of their national policies. The assignments thus help to shed light on concrete diaspora issues from the perspectives of different countries and different institutions. They are not just exercises; they contribute to common knowledge creation which is immediately relevant for policy formulation.
Participants do get a certificate at the end, which will detail their own individual contributions and achievements. The real certification of success, however,  will be the formulation and implementation of a successful policy to which the course will have contributed. 

The course is offered and supervised entirely in English language.

The course material on the course website will continuously be updated and further evolve during the programme to answer the specific needs of the participants, follow their choices of issues, and deepen out those areas in which participants are most interested. 

For more information, please contact Sari Holtland (s.holtland [at ]diaspora-centre.org)  or Gerd Junne (gjunne [at] gmail.com). For  registration, please go to the application page .


Week one

Each week consists of  three modules. During week one the following modules will offered:

Module 1: Intro     
The introduction provides basic information about this course, its structure, and the people who will moderate it.

Module 2: History    
The module on “History of Migration” gives an overview of global migration since the origin of mankind.  Its focus is on recent changes in migration patterns. It argues that migration flows will further increase in the future, in spite of all border controls.

Module 3: Institutions    
This module provides an overview of the activity of the many international organizations that are active in the field of Migration and Development.  It shows what kind of information you can find on their websites, which could assist you in your own policy formulation.


Week 2

The second week of this course contains the following three modules:

Module 4: Discourse    
The discourse on the impact of migration on development has profoundly changed in the last two decades. While the topic of the “brain drain” dominated earlier discussions, the positive impact of migration on the development of home and host countries now gets more attention.

Module 5: Remittances    
The shift in discourse about Migration and Development is primarily caused by the impressive rise of remittances in the past two decades.  This module provides an overview of what is known about these flows, their impact, and possible policy measures to influence them.

Module 6: Brain gain    
Migrants do not only contribute to the development of their home country by sending money. They also provide knowledge, familiarity with international norms, and access to international networks. This module provides information about the non-monetary contributions of the diaspora.


Week 3

The third week of this course contains the following three modules:

Module 7: Circular migration    
Many migrants combine life in two (or even more) countries and regularly travel between them. They build up a “transnational” existence, which links development in several countries. Measures are discussed that can facilitate such “building of bridges”.

Module 8: Migrant support    
In order to reap the benefits of migration, governments of home countries can strengthen relations with diaspora groups by supporting migrants at every step of the migration process, even before migrants leave the country.

Module 9: Migrant protection    
Many migrants experience precarious life in the countries of destination. This module describes measures that the home country can take to improve their situation in the host country.


Week 4

The fourth week of this course contains the following three modules:

Module 10: Return migration    
Returning migrants can be an important source of experience and investment in the home country. This module discusses measures which can be taken to assure that this positive contribution is realized.

Module 11: Mainstreaming    
Migration and Development policy touches upon almost all aspects of public policy, from agriculture, banking, insurance, education to health policies. The focus of this module is on the integration of migration issues into all these policies.

Module 12: Next steps    
The final module tries to support next steps of policy making. It offers some guidance on policy development and a catalogue of concrete steps that can be taken to translate the content of the course into policy measures that enhance the contribution of migration to the country’s development.