Migration Movements in Eastern Europe: Economic, Political and Social Aspects of Migration

Navigating Global Flows

Dr. Barbara Dietz
Barbara Dietz


Barbara Dietz holds a Master degree in Economics (Dipl.-Volkswirtin) from the University of Munich and a doctorate (Dr. phil.) from the University of Bremen. Currently she is head of the Department of Migration and Integration at the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS), Regensburg. Barbara Dietz conducted a series of international research projects. The results of these projects have been published in numerous scientific journals.

Module Summary:

This Module provides knowledge about the European refugee crisis, its background, motivation and possible solutions put forward by Eastern European governments (in EU or broader regional context) or NGO’s to cope with this global migration challenge. You will have the possibility to discuss the main arguments of transnational migration research and to analyze a specific example of a migration movement originating from an East European country. In your final paper you will have the possibility to combine all your knowledge as from the theoretical considerations, presented in this module, as from the discussed examples and to elaborate on your proposals for a solution.

Educational Goals:

  • You will be familiarized with the theoretical considerations and the main arguments of transnational migration research.
  • You will get the possibility to discuss and analyze the current European refugee crisis in all its aspects and levels
  • You will be provided with practical skills concerning active participating in controversial discussions, presenting and supporting your own arguments and elaborating a well-structured research paper.


  • Three tasks are given in the migration module: a short essay, the participation in the Discussion Board, a paper presentation via the screen-capture software Screen-o-Matic. All tasks are compulsory.
  • For the final grade only the final paper counts. The final paper can only be submitted if the previous tasks were passed.

Key Facts:

  • 8 ECTS
  • 12 weeks
  • 1.195 Euro
  • Optional On-site Workshop in February each year

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