Students interested in Migration Studies find themselves taking course in Anthropology, Demography, Development Studies, Economics, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Global Poverty and Practice, History, Legal Studies, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. The status of millions of people as non-citizens has raised scholarly interest in population movements before nation-states, in the nature of modern citizenship, and in the meaning of belonging before and after the emergence of modern states. The study of refugee conditions and legal status has also been central to ISF students as part of a broader investigation of the forced and involuntary movements of people for political and economic reasons. Students in Migration Studies explore the many ways of belonging and the various conditions of statelessness in diverse places over time; they explore the legal and illegal movements across boundaries (and the unsanctioned movements within them); the social, political and ecological determinants of movement, the demographic composition of migrant groups, the economic consequences of emigration and immigration, the social and psychological consequences of immigration, and the political questions raised both theoretically and practically by human movement.
Students focused on this ISF Research Field are encouraged to study abroad and to select research sites in other countries. Students interested in U.S. history and immigration should focus their queries on both countries and regions of origin and the country and communities of settlement.