Immigration and Transnationalism


Global migration flows have reached unprecedented levels. Immigrants now account for one out of every eight people living in the United States, the largest share in almost a century. Many rural communities in countries like Mexico, on the other hand, have been all but deserted by young adults, with those who remain behind supported by the increasingly massive sums of money that migrants send home. What is driving trends like these, and what are their political and economic implications? Why do people migrate? What is the relationship between emigration, transnationalism, and human development in poor countries? How do migrants’ remittances affect “who gets what, when, and how” in impoverished communities? To what extent can the United States control immigration? How do U.S. immigration policy and anti-immigrant sentiment affect immigrant integration and inclusion in American society? This seminar provides an introduction to the political economy of global migration, exploring the topic from the perspective of both migrant-sending and migrant-receiving countries.