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Prof. Luisa Natale

Contact information:

Term: Second Semester

Credits (ECTS): 6

Prerequisites: None

Language of Instruction: English

Class hours: 42


Cognitive / Knowledge skills

  • Develop an understanding of the concept of migration, mobility, both in terms of different definition by scholars.
  • Evaluate the situation regarding migration of any country of destination (for example Italy) on the basis of its official (Istat, Eurostat) source of demographic and economic data.
  • Understand the different migration theories (economics, sociological, the contribution of social science, the mobility and demographic transition, etc.)
  • Be able to build specific statistic and demographic measures relative to migration and to assess the appropriatness to illustrate the phenomenon  

 Analytical / Critical Thinking Skills (Written)

  • Use social and demographic frameworks as tools for the analysis of immigrant population
  • Analyze basic Istat data (demo.istat) referred to variables such as population, legal population, structure by sex and age, employment, and analyze. Survey data referred to regular and irregular (legal and illegal) migration
  • Build different measures as: a) Intensity (absolute values, rate, …); b) Distance and direction of flow - that is, specifying origin and destination of the migration flows; c) The structure of the migrant population according to the main features of biodemographic, socio-economic, ethnic and cultural type



This course gives students an introduction to the international migration phenomenon. More specifically the course focuses on the variations of aggregate (demographic population) variables, such as estimate NM (net migration), TPB (total population balance), RPB (real population balance), unemployment rates, etc. Students are provide by international statistical datasets to build measure of mobility and to observe foreign settlement patterns



The class will meet for 2 hours (gross of interclass break), two a week, for a total of 11 sessions. After an introduction aimed at providing the needed background, participants organized in group (max 3 students for each group) are required to read and collect the materials (data from Atlas by Istat - Atlante Statistico dei Comuni - regarding foreign resident in Italy by country of citizenship) to build the class project to be prepared prior to coming to class. Students are invited to illustrate their work by Group Case Study Presentation. Classes will consist of the explanation and critical reading of a lecture by the instructor, to be followed by a discussion of the main topics and the assigned case.



Textbook G. Caselli, J. Vallin, G. Wunsch, Demography: Analysis and Synthesis. A Treatise in Population Studies, Elzevier, 2006: Introduction to Section II, Chapter 58, Chapter 59, Chapter 122 and Chapter 123.

Week 1  Determinants of migration. "Introduction" (pp. 261-264), in G. Caselli, J. Vallin, G. Wunch,
Introduction to the Course
Presentation of the Available materials
Clear Statement of Expected Mutual Requirements
How define Mobility?  How define Migration?

Week 2 (Textbook, chapter 58)
Modern Migration by Golini
Distance, recurrence, causes , duration, legality.
Legality: regular, undocumented foreign
Schematic graph of the composition of the foreign  population
Foreigners in Italy according to the legality
Summary: Migratory mobility. Pseudo migratory mobility.Non migratory mobility

Week 3 (C. Bonifazi, S. Strozza, “Conceptual framework and data collection in International Migration”, in G. Caselli, J. Vallin and G. Wunsch (eds.), Demography: Analysis and Synthesis, Vol. IV, Elsevier, San Diego, 2006,
The life space (espace vecu) by Courgeau
Other classifications
International migration definitions, concepts, sources
International reccommendations
In-migrated into the country; Out Migrated of the country
Foreign and born abroad. Naturalised
G2 First national survey on second generation in Italy (born in the host country)

Week 4 (Textbook, chapter 59.)
The laws by Ravenstein
The Economic approach
The Sociological  approach
The mobility transition
The Contribution of political science

Week 5 Textbook, chapters 59)
The demographic transition
Model population growth
I,II,III, IV stages
Population Pyramid
Countries with rapid and slow population growth

Week 6 Textbook, chapters 122/123.)
Intensity of migration (NET MIGRATION)
direct estimate; indirect estimate
Total population balance; Real population balance
Equation foreign population

Week 7 Textbook, chapters.122/123)
Measures: Rates
In-migration rate; Out migration rate
Crude Migration rate
Immigration pluri-annual rate
Specific rates, Total mobility rate

Week 8  (
Class Project
Exercise:  migration rate, naturalization rate (total, male, female)
Natural increase rate (several years)
Report on the propensity to acquire italian citizenship by male and female and country of origin

Week 9  (
Italy : in the past a country of emigration
International migration: the case of Italy
Source of data
Flows and stock
stable legal; semi-stable legal, illegal or irregular

Week 10  (
Registers of the population
National Census
Residents permits
Sample surveys 

Week 11 Textbook, chapters 58
Estimate of the number of international migrants
Internationals migration as percentage of population.
Research presentation



All students are expected to spend at least 2,5 hours of time on academic studies outside of, and in addition to, each hour of class time.



The instructor will use numerous and differentiated forms of assessment to calculate the final grade you receive for this course. For the record, these are listed and weighted below. The content, criteria and specific requirements for each assessment category will be explained in greater detail in class. Any questions about the requirements should be discussed directly with your faculty well in advance of the due date for each assignment.




Class Participation        


Group Case Study Presentation


Research Presentation


Final Exam





Class Participation:  This grade will be calculated to reflect your participation in class discussions, your capacity to introduce ideas and thoughts dealing with the texts, your ability use language effectively, and to present your analysis in intellectual, constructive argumentation. If you cannot attend classes your participation can be shown by interacting with your instructor during office hours, i.e. by asking about specific subjects of the syllabus and discussing assignments.

Group Case Study Presentation:  The class will be divided in teams (max 3 students) to work on particular cases assigned by the professor (go to Atlas by Istat) . Note that due to the continuity of the project, once the teams are established at the beginning of the semester, it will be very difficult to change them. Students need to review the readings and team-discuss the relevant case prior to each meeting and be prepared for class discussion.

Research Presentation: All the students will develop a short presentation on the results of their assigned lectures (go to Required Readings in Materiale Didattico del Gomp).

Final Exam: Your abilities will be tested in two important areas of competency: the amount of information you master; the accuracy of the information you present.
Structure:  A combination of X questions true or false (20%), open questions (30%) and solving exercises (50%) will be asked. Prior to the examinations, a comprehensive review will be given during class.
The final exam will include only a written test.



Professionalism and communications: As a student, you are expected to maintain a professional, respectful and conscientious manner in the classroom with your instructors and fellow peers.
You are expected to take your academic work seriously and engage actively in your classes.. Advance preparation, completing your assignments, showing a focused and respectful attitude is expected of all students. Simply showing up for class or meeting minimum outlined criteria will not earn you a good grade in this course. Utilizing communications, properly addressing your faculty and staff, asking questions and expressing your views respectfully demonstrate your professionalism and cultural sensitivity.

Attendance and Classroom behavior: Although attendance is not compulsory, it is highly recommended. All students must have a respectful attitude towards the professor as well as the classmates.

Arriving late / departing early from Class: Once they have decided to attend, students must behave consistently. Arriving late or leaving class early is disruptive and shows a lack of respect for instructor and fellow students.

Make-up classes: The instructor reserves the right to schedule make-up classes in the event of an unforeseen or unavoidable schedule change. Make-up classes may be scheduled outside of typical class hours, as necessary. 

Missing Examinations: Examinations will not be rescheduled. Pre-arranged travel or anticipated absence does not constitute an emergency and requests for missing or rescheduling exams will not be granted.

Use of Cell Phones, Laptops and Other Electronic Devices: Always check with your instructor about acceptable usage of electronic devices in class. Inappropriate usage of your electronic devices will result in a warning and may lead to a deduction in participation grades. Use of a cell phone for phone calls, text messages, emails, or any other purposes during class is impolite, inappropriate and prohibited Faculty determines whether laptops will be allowed in class. The use of a laptop, tablets or of cell phones is prohibited during all tests and exams, unless otherwise specified by your instructor. 



Listed below are the required course textbooks and additional readings. These are required materials for the course and you are expected to have constant access to them from the very beginning of the course for reading, highlighting and note-taking. It is required that you have unrestricted access to each. Access to additional sources required for certain class sessions may be provided in paper or electronic format consistent with applicable copyright legislation.

Required texts:

 G. Caselli, J. Vallin, G. Wunsch, Demography: Analysis and Synthesis. A Treatise in Population Studies, Elzevier, 2006: Introduction to Section II, Chapter 58, Chapter 59, Chapter 122 and Chapter 123.

P. Boyle, K. Halfacree, V. Robinson, Exploring Contemporary Migration, Longmann, 2010

Recommended readings: (to be selected and assigned throughout the semester): The following primary and secondary materials, articles and readings are either available on the web or will be provided in Pdf format by the instructor through the GOMP and/or MOODLE platforms.

Online Reference & Research Tools:





[Ultima modifica: martedì 19 gennaio 2021]