International Migration Studies in Child, Youth and Family Welfare

Campus Kuopio

Dates: 14-25 August 2017
Credits: 5 ECTS (with an option of 2 ECTS)
Teaching language: English
Level: Master, Doctoral, professional development
Max. number of attendees: 30 students

Coordinator: Janet Anand, janet.anand(at); Suvianna Hakalehto, suvianna.hakalehto(at); Juha Hamalainen, juha.hamalainen(at)
Teachers: Prof. Ren Yuan (China), Dr. Thoko Kaime (UK),  Dr. Manish Jha (India), Dr. Prehba Tramare (India), Dr. Jane Anand (Finland), Dr. Suvianna Hakalehto (Finland), Dr. Juha Hämäläinen (Finland) and other guest lecturers from Finland.
Responsible department: Department of Social Sciences
Learning outcomes: Learning outcomes: Students will engage with current interdisciplinary theories and international case studies for a deeper understanding of how internal, international and forced migration impact on the rights and welfare of children, youth and families.

Topics covered include:

  • Factors and trends in migration and demographic change
  • Current interdisciplinary perspectives on inward and outward migration
  • International and forced migration e.g. globalised labour markets, asylum, humanitarian programmes, human trafficking
  • Internal migration e.g. rural to urban migration
  • Human rights, culture and migration
  • Psychosocial impact of migration on child and youth development
  • Short term and long term resettlement needs of children, youth and families
  • Social integration and legislation, policy and community support models
  • International research and case examples from China, South Africa, India and Finland.

The programme is targeted to the learning needs of both students and professionals currently studying or working in the fields of social work, international aid, social development,  community and youth work, social pedagogy and migration, social integration and cultural studies.


The unprecedented migration of young political refugees from Middle Eastern to European Union countries and internal economic pressures forcing Indian rural labourers to leave their families and seek employment in large industrialised cities are two examples of changing migration trends that have caught the attention of social scientists concerned with the transnational dimensions of child and family welfare.

This course will enable students and professionals gain an interdisciplinary and critical understanding of the impact of migration on child and youth development. Current economic, political and environmental trends in migration (permanent, long term, short term, seasonal, international, internal and transnational) will be explored in relation to the needs and rights of children and young people (e.g. children left behind, forced child migrants, victims of trafficking, young male refugees) and families facing the greatest risk (e.g. family roles, responsibilities and structure, intergenerational relations).

A series of international case studies delivered by leading academics from China, India, South Africa and Finland will provide students with a unique and realistic picture of the lived migration experiences of children and their families.

Modes of Study: Workshops, blended learning (access to resources from China, India, Finland and South Africa) group exercises and problem-based tasks, independent work with data search and literature, extracurricular. Sociocultural program will be offered to support the course goals.

Study material: Reading list and assignment is provided before the course. Scientific articles and recommended further reading, electronic data sources, handouts, epidemiologic data practice package.


Pass/Fail (grading for special request: 0-5, based on attendance and assignments)

2 ECTS: Attending the lectures, and written assignment based on the provided reading materials.

5 ECTS: Like above, and additionally group work, readings and individual oral presentations.