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Migrants and Refugees in the Global Landscape


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Course Title

Migrants and Refugees in the Global Landscape

Course Description

This is a self-paced learning experience. You will be able to stop and start the module at your convenience.

This module provides an overview of contemporary global migration and refugee issues, a discussion of the main issues regarding migration and forced migration, and a review of the significance of The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact for refugees.  The module frames migration as part of a larger process of global and social transformation.  Additionally, it discusses the distinction between migration and forced migration.  The module stresses the need to see migrants and refugees beyond labels and to consider how different contexts of mobility affect their lives.

Throughout this module, you will learn from working professionals who have contributed through video as well as authored the text. In addition to watching videos and reading text, you will interact with the content, in various ways, through sliders that reveal information as you move, hotspots on an image, a variety of question styles (both graded and ungraded), and more.

Duration to complete module: 4-6 hours approximately If using a mobile device to review the module, use the browser on your device. Do not access through the Canvas app.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what migration is and identify the different/main types of migration that exist.

  • Reflect on the main tensions and biases on categories used in migration debates.

  • Identify the main issues in forced migration and differentiate it from other types of migration, including learning to define who is a refugee and asylum seeker

  • Explain the main goals of the Global Compact on Migration and Refugees and its role in the global landscape.

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Course Contributor 


Jaime Alejandro Olayo Mendez
Assistant Professor

Dr. Alejandro Olayo-Méndez, SJ is an assistant professor at the Boston College School of Social Work. His research focuses on migrants and refugees’ livelihoods and the role of humanitarian organizations in contexts of migration and forced displacement. Dr. Olayo-Méndez received his DPhil in International Development from the University of Oxford in 2019. He holds a Master in Migration Studies also from the University of Oxford, a Master of Divinity from Boston College, and a Master of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. Alejandro is a Jesuit Priest from the West Coast Province in the U.S. Click here for full biography.