Migration is often considered as a one-time and exceptional event in the lifetime. Based on such an understanding, the process of migration itself is not so important and of scientific interest, but the dynamics of arrival and integration. But what if transnational social relations – as family ties, work and organizational bonding, everyday practices of communication – remain strong, even for generations? In this case, social spaces span transnationally over several geographic spaces in different countries. The course will focus on these aspects of transnational migration taking the example of selected cities of the UNIC network of European universities (www.unic.eu).
In a first part we will present and deal with the conceptual approach of transnational migration and specify three to four cities of the UNIC network to study in deeper detail.
In a second part and based on expert input, we will collect and analyze empirical data for each of the selected cities in working groups concentrating on dimensions to agree upon.
In a third part the empirical results of the working groups will be presented and compared.