2023-2024 / SOCI2251-1

European Immigration Policy


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in political sciences : general (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in political sciences : general (120 ECTS) (CATANE (OUT))5 crédits 
 Master in political sciences : general (120 ECTS) (CATANE (IN)), 1st year5 crédits 
 Master in political sciences : general (60 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of Law, Political Science and Criminology)5 crédits 
 Master in sociology, professional focus in Immigration Studies (Barcelone - Liege: joint-degree programme)6 crédits 
 Master in sociology (120 ECTS) (professional focus in Migration and Ethnic Studies)6 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of social sciences)6 crédits 
 Master in geography, global change (120 ECTS)4 crédits 


Marco Martiniello


Thomas Huddleston

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

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.  


Learning outcomes of the learning unit

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  

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

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

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

participative methods  
guest experts from EU institutions and relevant organisations

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

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

Recommended or required readings

All readings will be made available online

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

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

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

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 of one or more MOOCs

The MOOC entitled 'Migrations internationales : Comment les mobilités transforment les sociétés ? (H2)' is associated with this course.

Items online

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