A close crop illustration of people going or coming back between countries. Some people depart with luggages filled with ideas, some return with money in their luggages, or new ideas they bring back home.
Module 6

Development and migration

Many people assume that people migrate because they are poor and that development can reduce migration. In this module, students are invited to critically think about what development means and how development and migration shape each other. Working with four case studies from across the globe, students think through the migration-development nexus, that is the complex ways in which development processes, such as changes in infrastructure, education systems, political freedoms, technology, and socio-cultural norms, are interlinked with immigration and emigration. The module shows that migration is a social phenomenon that affects all societies and people, regardless of their development and income levels.

Class duration

45 minutes


60 minutes

Suitable for:  Economics  ·  Geography  ·  Social Sciences

Teaching methods:

Role play




What your students will learn

General learning outcome

Understand the complex ways in which migration and development shape each other

Specific learning outcomes

Evaluate widespread assumptions around migration and development

Develop an understanding of development as a process of social change

Understand why development often leads to more, not less migration

Class structure and timeline

Development in class

Activity 1: Quiz: Facts around migration and development

Activity 2: Case Studies: Exploring links between migration and development

Activity 3: Analysis: Understanding how development works


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