Theory of Migration

Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1

Typically offered in

Autumn semester

Course description

The course starts with an overview of the most relevant theories of migration. The secodn part of the course focuses on Europe and particularly East-Central Europe and covers issues such as migration potential, cross-border entrepreneurship and labour migration as well as trader tourism. The third part of the course deals with genral and policy issues such as discrimination, xenophobia, refugee policy, integration, citizenship, etc.


  • Bonacich, E.: 1973 „A Theory of Middleman Minorities”, American Sociological Review. 38:583-594.
  • Massey, Douglass et al: Theories of International Migration: A Review and Appraisal. Population and Development Review, Volume 19, 1993, Number 3, September, pp. 431-466.
  • Piore, Michael J. 1979. Birds of Passage: Migrant Labor in Industrial Societies. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Portes, Alejandro – Sensenbrenner, Julia: Embeddedness and Immigration: Notes on the Social Determinants of Economic Action. American Journal of Sociology (1993) 99: 1320–1350.
  • Salt, John: A Comparative Overview of International Trends and Types. International Migration Review, Volume XXIII, Number 3, Fall 1989, pp. 431-456.
  • Tilly, Charles: Transplanted Networks In Immigration Reconsidered, Ed.: Virginia Yans-McLaughlin, Oxford University Press, New York-Oxford, 1990, pp. 79-95.