Global Migration Governance

Présentation de cours du programme universitaire

Global Migration Governance

  • Professor: Hélène LE BAIL
  • Session: July
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of hours of class: 36

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Objective of the Course

The objective of the course is to provide students with the intellectual and practical tools necessary for analysing and understanding socio-economic structures of migration trends, migration politics, and migrants’ experiences at various levels (local, national, regional, international, transnational) and in various regions of the world.

This course aims to develop students’ abilities to conduct research on precise topics related to the concept of migration. The students will work on a case study selected in consultation with the professor, which they will present to the class and develop in a final essay. 


Global mobility is woven into the macro architecture of globalization and international relations. Migration is both a cause and an outcome of globalization. Global mobility is also woven into micro dynamics of family units and local communities. Mobility appears to be a point of tension between political modernity at the local, national and international scales.

First, the course will focus on the concept of mobility and, in particular, the trends, motivations and trajectories, and agents (institutional and informal) therein. International, national and regional migration policies, as well as political heritage structuring mobility are all concepts that will be explored throughout the course.

Secondly, it will focus on the interactions between the migrants and the home and host societies with a special emphasis on transnational practices, co-presence, diasporic identities and other forms of construction of transnational social spaces.

Organization of the Course


  • Global governance: migration in UN conventions, IOM, UNHCR, non-state actors, migrant mobilization
  • Regional governance: European Union, the Mediterranean Sea (refugee crisis), Middle East, South-East North-East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Americas. 
  • National migration policies: exporting labor force, organizing diasporas, controlling borders/externalizing border control, promoting development, selecting immigrants.
  • Transnational practices and Nation building in tension: circulating, care chain, diasporic entrepreneurship, cosmopolitanism, flexible citizenship, integration.

Main Professor Biography

Helene Le BailHélène Le Bail is a research fellow at CERI since 2015. She has a doctorate in political science from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and a master degree in Chinese studies from INALCO (National Institute for Eastern Languages and Cultures). She spent many years in Japan as a Ph.D student (Hitotsubashi University), as a post-doc (Waseda University), and more recently as a research fellow for the French research center on contemporary Japan, Maison franco-japonaise (Nichifutsu kaikan), Tokyo. Her research focuses on Chinese migrations (to Japan and France) and on migration policies in a comparative approach. Special focus is made on female routes of migration (marriage, reproductive labour, sex work) and on mobilization and collective actions.

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