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Have you ever wondered how the EU Schengen agreement came into existence? Surely, you have heard about the recent “migration crisis” in the Union – do you know its scope and the Union’s response? Are you interested in knowing how the so-called “Dublin system” for asylum seekers was created? If so – this course is for you!

The course “Integrated Border Management and migration policies” gives you background on what migrations are, and presents the history of EU migration policy development. It explains the legal basis for the migration and border management actions of the EU Member States and EU specialised agencies. The course explains the principle of division of power between the EU and the EU Member States. The options available to nationals of non-EU countries, if they are forced to seek asylum in the Union, are discussed. The course presents the Integrated Border Management system, and the FRONTEX agency’s functions.

By following this course, you will learn about the key concepts of migration policy and EU legal documents that regulate migration and border management in the Union and its Member States. You will be able to understand how the principle of the division of powers and the principle of solidarity work in the EU. Finally, you will get an appreciation of EU’s migrations policy placed in the context of global migration trends.


Lesson 1: Introduction to EU migration & border management
  • Migration as the contemporary global phenomenon
  • The notion of migration, refugee and border
  • Origins and causes of mass movements of people
  • Borders as institutions of migration policy
Lesson 2: Migration as a global and European phenomenon
  • Migration deficit and development challenges for the EU
  • The EU on the map of global migratory flows
  • Migration and border management as an element of European integration
Lesson 3: EU immigration policy
  • Political and strategic guidelines
  • Overview of the legal developments in the immigration policy
  • The division of institutional competences at EU level
  • Dealing with immigrants
Lesson 4: EU asylum policy & refugee issue
  • From Dublin Convention to Dublin III Regulation
  • The Common European Asylum System
  • The Eurodac system
  • The European Asylum Support Office
  • The 2015 refugee crisis

Lesson 5: Schengen and border control
  • The origins and development of the Schengen area
  • The legal and technical measures
  • Schengen as the free-travel area
  • New Schengen Governance
Lesson 6: EU integrated border management
  • Institutional setting
  • Technical and organisational measures
  • Future solutions
Lesson 7: Migration, borders and EU internal security
  • EU safeguards and national security clauses
  • Preventing and combating transnational organized crime
  • The external dimension of EU security policy
Lesson 8: Conclusions
Final test

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Self enrolment (Student)