Authors: O. Ejderyan, R. Tuor, S. Thieme, N. Backhaus, U. Müller-Böker

Open the animation in the right hand column and have a look at the main flows of international migrants.

Look at the places of origin and destination carefully. Which migration flows do attract your attention and why?

Learning Objectives

After completing this lesson, you shall be able to:

  • Define the terms mobility and migration
  • Distinguish between classical migration research and theories explaining the perpetuation of migration
  • Explain what the term social capital includes and specify its relevance as related to migration
  • Recognise the specificities of transnational migration
  • See how migration can be a livelihood strategy
  • Recognise some main patterns of migration by looking at the case study of Nepalese labour migrants in Delhi


In order to fulfil the learning objectives of this lesson, you will have to:

  • Read a text about 'classical migration research' and on 'theories explaining the perpetuation of migration' as well as on 'migration networks and the concept of social capital' and 'transnational migration'
  • Test yourself with a self-test
  • Read texts introducing migration patterns of Nepalese migrating to India and how Nepalese labour migrants find jobs in Delhi
  • Complete a test about Nepalese migration to India
  • Finally you will have to complete an exercise by reading some interviews and writing a short essay.

Working through this lesson you will come across the following activities, tests and downloads:




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