NHL Stenden

Cross-border migration, governance and security

One of the biggest challenges of our time is related to the increasing flows of cross-border migration. How do the EU and national governments deal with this complex issue which includes various dilemmas and inherent conflicting agendas?



  • Semester: Spring
  • Level: third year
  • Amount of ECTS: 30
  • Language: English
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When watching the news, the variety of opinions and national approaches vary immensely. Migration has many dimensions (national vs European policy, social and environmental issues, security-related questions including terrorism), which we will discuss and try to analyse.

This course has been organised in such a way that it offers interesting perspectives and assignments for all Thorbecke Academy students, be it students from European Studies, Bestuurskunde, or Integrale Veiligheidskunde. The lectures will be English-taught and as such is also accessible for students from outside the Thorbecke Academy or NHL Stenden.

The programme will have a strong link to the work field and will have a substantial practical assignment. To support this element, a certain amount of knowledge subjects will be offered from different disciplines and by various lecturers. Finally, there will be space and time for skills and foreign language development (English speaking and writing on two levels for all students, additional foreign language for ES students only).

  • ECTS: 30
  • Lesson types: oral and working lectures, guest lectures, self-study, tutoring
  • Test types: exams, assignments, assessments
  • Lecturers: Baudina Baarsma, Ellianne Feenstra, Catharina Botermans, and others
  • Entry requirements: B1 (BSK/IV)/ B2 (ES) level of English
  • Language: English

A selection of areas that will be covered:

  • Society & ethics: what is your moral compass? Which dilemmas do you face when giving your opinion or suggesting certain solutions?
  • European and national policy: how do we deal with migration issues on a national and on a European level? Do these measures/agreements supplement or contradict each other?
  • Security aspects: how can countries cooperate in this area when trying to control their borders, direct or limit migration flows?  What can be said about human trafficking and human smuggling in this regard? How does migration get linked to the fight against terrorism?
  • Law: what laws are relevant within the context of migration? What is the relationship between existing policy and human rights/international law? To what extent do newly developed proposals contradict existing agreements such as the Schengen Treaty and the Dublin agreement?