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Module 4

Migration policies

Ideal for civics, social sciences or political history classes, this module showcases the complex choices elected decision-makers are facing when developing policy on the immigration of foreign workers. Through identifying, categorizing and ultimately representing different societal, economic and political actors’ interests on immigration, students get hands-on insights into decision-making on immigration policies, one of the most contentious issues European democracies are facing today.

Class duration

45-90 minutes


30 minutes

Suitable for:  Civics  ·  History  ·  Social Sciences

Teaching methods:

Role play




What your students will learn

General learning outcome

Understand the different actors and interests involved in migration policy-making at the national level

Specific learning outcomes

Define migration policy and understand its different aspects

Identify the actors who engage in the making of migration policy at the national level

Understand the economic, societal and political issues that influence decisions on migration policies

Develop competences related to democratic processes, such as representing and arguing different viewpoints and interests

Class structure and timeline

Development in class

Activity 1: Understanding the diversity of migration policies

Activity 2: Actors and interests in migration policy: a fictious case study

Activity 3: Fishbowl discussion: Negotiation policy solutions (session 2)


30 minutes

Developing and pitching policy solutions (alternative to activity 3)

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