2023-2024 / SOCI2251-1

European Immigration Policy


30h Th

Nombre de crédits

 Master en sciences politiques, orientation générale, à finalité5 crédits 
 Master en sciences politiques, orientation générale, à finalité (CATANE (OUT))5 crédits 
 Master en sciences politiques, orientation générale, à finalité (CATANE (IN)), 1re année5 crédits 
 Master en sciences politiques, orientation générale5 crédits 
 Cours supplémentaires destinés aux étudiants d'échange - Erasmus (Faculté de Droit, de Sciences politique et de Criminologie)5 crédits 
 Master en sociologie, à finalité spécialisée en Immigration Studies (Barcelone - Liège : double diplomation)6 crédits 
 Master en sociologie, à finalité (Finalité spécialisée en Migration and Ethnic Studies)6 crédits 
 Cours supplémentaires destinés aux étudiants d'échange - Erasmus (Faculté des Sciences sociales)6 crédits 
 Master en sciences géographiques, orientation global change, à finalité4 crédits 


Marco Martiniello


Thomas Huddleston

Langue(s) de l'unité d'enseignement

Langue anglaise

Organisation et évaluation

Enseignement au deuxième quadrimestre


Horaire en ligne

Unités d'enseignement prérequises et corequises

Les unités prérequises ou corequises sont présentées au sein de chaque programme

Contenus de l'unité d'enseignement

Western European states have been de facto countries have been de facto countries of immigration for a long time. Most Member States of the European Union are multiethnic and multicultural even though they are sometimes reluctant to accept their diversity. Immigration policy and the management of ethno-cultural diversity have become key issues both nationally and in particular in the process of European integration. The course "European Immigration Policy" examines some of the main issues related to migration in the European Union.

The main objective is to provide students a critical overview of the development of a European immigration policy (historical background, main actors and institutions,  EU policy-making, main debates, challenges and instruments).

The course will consist in a series of interactive sessions including, among others, a general theoretical introduction, an overview of migration in Western Europe, theoretical aspects of immigration policies,  the development of a common migration policy,  the external dimension of  EU migration policy, etc.  


Acquis d'apprentissage (objectifs d'apprentissage) de l'unité d'enseignement

At the end of this course, the students should be able to

  • understand how and why a European immigration policy has been developed
  • deconstruct the public debate on these questions and argument their own position within it; 
  • develop cross-cutting knowledge and increase their capacity to put into perspective the different aspects of migration policy  

Savoirs et compétences prérequis

A good passive and active knowledge of English is a requirement as well as some education in  social sciences, humanities or political science.

Activités d'apprentissage prévues et méthodes d'enseignement

participative methods  
guest experts from EU institutions and relevant organisations  

Mode d'enseignement (présentiel, à distance, hybride)

Cours donné exclusivement en présentiel

Explications complémentaires:

Most sessions will be face-to-face and will comprise a presentation followed by working groups discussions. The active involvement of all students will be expected in all sessions. Presentations and discussions are hold in English.  

Lectures recommandées ou obligatoires et notes de cours

All readings will be made available online

Modalités d'évaluation et critères

Examen(s) en session

Toutes sessions confondues

- En présentiel

évaluation écrite ( questions ouvertes )

Evaluation continue

Explications complémentaires:

Attendance & Active Participation in Course (10% of grade based on sign-in sheets)


Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

Final simulation exam:


We will be organizing a simulation of a meeting of the European Council where each of you will represent an EU Member State, working together to defend your position & create a compromise agreement on EU migration policy.

Your grade will be made up of the following elements: 


Position Paper: 6 pages (60% of mark, submitted the week before the final exam)

  • 1pg of your government's proposals with 4 statements (2-4 sentences each) on each agenda item, to be shared with other delegates
  • 1pg analysis of your country & government's overall position today & the underlying factors, including 1/2 page of your own personal critique
  • 1pg each (4pg total) of your analysis justifying your proposed positions on each of 4 agenda items
Note: I will then circulate everyone's 1pg proposal of 4 statements. Please read all countries' 1pg proposals as this will help you to prepare for your presentations, statements and lobbying on the day of the simulation...

Simulation (20%), final

1 minute presentation of your government's proposals & reading of others' proposals

Active participation: lobbying for your proposal, critiquing others, drafting compromises

Debrief: 1 page (10%) submitted in the week(s) after the final exam

Share your personal reflections of lessons learned from simulation about your & others' positions & EU Negotiations


Remarques organisationnelles et modifications principales apportées au cours

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

absences should be notified (by email) to the teacher

Thursdays, 9:00-11:00

starting  8 February 2024

Presence required


Dr. Thomas Huddleston: Thomas.Huddleston@uliege.be

Room: B6d - R26



Thomas Huddleston, thomas.huddleston@uliege.be

Association d'un ou plusieurs MOOCs

Le MOOC 'Migrations internationales : Comment les mobilités transforment les sociétés ? (H2)' est associé à ce cours.

Notes en ligne

Introduction PPT
Introduction PPT

Lecture 2: Free Movement
Lecture 2: Free Movement

Lecture 3: EU policy origins
Lecture 3: EU policy origins

Lecture 4: EU migration policy since Lisbon Treaty
Lecture 4: EU migration policy since Lisbon Treaty

Outline final exam with country selections
Outline final exam with country selections

Syllabus 2024 revised
Syllabus 2024 revised