How Has Migration to Europe Changed Over Time?

This is episode two of our course Migration 101. In this course, we’ve teamed up with Hein de Haas, one of the field’s leading scholars, to tackle some of the most commonly asked questions related to migration. After watching his videos, you’ll have a fundamental understanding of the realities surrounding today’s debate on migrants and the refugee crisis. We recommend Migration 101 as a primer for other Migration Matters courses.

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PART 2/10 OF MIGRATION 101

Since the summer of 2015, the world has gotten to know a new Europe – one shaken by a perceived crisis of migrants and refugees. Human beings in distress are images now irrevocably tied to the shores of Italy or Greece.

But is this the reality? Are migrants, indeed, overrunning Europe?

Recommended Reading

Changing the way we see Europe as the only migration destination starts with a different image, literally. These maps are a helpful start.

This blog post from the Center for Global Development: Europe’s crisis is not such a big deal, and it’s not without precedent.

How many of us will end up in cities in the next few years? A lot, according to this snapshot from the UN.

Migration from Sub-Saharan Africa to Europe is still a limited trend, says this recent report in Population & Societies.

Hein de Haas

Hein is Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. He was a founding member and director of the International Migration Institute at the University of Oxford. He is a co-author of The Age of Migration, a leading textbook in the field of migration. You can find more information and free downloads of his publications on his website. He also maintains a blog – we recommend this entry titled “Human migration: myths, hysteria and facts“.

Sign up now for our newest course, A Migrant’s View, here. It’s a bit different than our other courses, focussing on both research about so-called “origin countries” (where migrants and refugees come from) and stories of arrival, waiting, and return. And don’t miss our next course on integration and diversity in Europe! Sign up here to receive the full series once it’s finished. 

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