Migration Spaces: from Local Integration to Migratory Archipelagos


a) Ability to discuss fundamental concepts related to the global geography of migration, the movement of migrants and their organization; b) Ability to formulate research proposals on multi-ethnic cities; c) Ability to advise political and administrative bodies in policymaking regarding intervention; d) Understand the situation and the dynamics of Portugal´s position in the global migration framework

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Dulce de Oliveira Pimentel Antunes


Weekly - 3

Total - 280

Teaching language



Not applicable.


Arbaci, S. (2019). Paradoxes of segregation. Housing systems, Welfare regimes and ethnic residential change in Southern European cities. Wiley Blackwell. Baubock, R. & Faist, Th. (2010). Diaspora and transnationalism. Concepts, theories and methods. IMISCOE-Amsterdam University Press. Castles, S., Haas, H. & Miller, M. (2014). The age of migration (5th edition), Palgrave-Macmillan. King, R. (2012). Theories and typologies of migration: an overview and a primer. Working Papers in International Migration and Ethnic Relations 3/12, Malmö University. Malheiros, J.; Fonseca, L. (coords.) (2011). Acesso à habitação e problemas residenciais dos imigrantes em Portugal. ACIDI. Peixoto, J. et al. (2016). Regresso ao futuro: a nova emigração e a relação com a sociedade portuguesa. Lisboa: Gradiva. Withol de Wenden, C. (2016). Atlas des migrations. Un équilibre mondial à inventer (4ª ed.), Paris: Autrement.


Teaching method

Lectures introducing the major topics of the course, and presentation and discussion of selected readings by the students. A study visit to Mouraria and Martim Moniz, the most multicultural area in Lisbon

Evaluation method

Attendance, participation and presentations in class (15%), Term paper (65%), either a review article or an empirical study. Papers are presented and discussed during the last sessions of the curricular unit(65%), Written essay about an article on lectured topics (20%)

Subject matter

1. The contemporary geography of migration: changes and continuities 1.1. The major world migratory migration systems: rises and falls 1.2. Refugee flows and their meaning 1.3.The growing importance of the movement of skilled professionals 1.4. Other movements: feminization of migration, movement of students and \"sun seekers\" 1.5. Knock-on migration, family reunification and back-and-forth migration 2. Diasporas and transnational communities 2.1.Translation communities and the Nation-state: tensions and benefits 2.2.The cultural and economic significance of transnational communities 2.3. The Portuguese overseas, a transnational community? 3. Migrants and the metropolis 3.1. The ethnic dimension of the contemporary metropolis 3.2. The spatial segregation of migrants: the issue of ghettoes and ethnic neighbourhoods 3.3. The development of economically-based ethnic enclaves 3.4. Activity in multi-ethnic cities 4. Social innovation and socio-spatial insertion of migrants


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