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The mobility of people across international borders, be they labeled as refugees or economic migrants, is becoming a crucial debate both within academia and in the public sphere. Migrants are presented as potential promoters of peace and actors of development in their country of origin, but also as a threat to the national cohesion in their country of destination. This course deals with key issues related to the field of migration studies. Building on an anthropological perspective on the predicaments and strategies of mobile people, it will offer a critical scrutiny of existing categories such as the distinctions between forced and voluntary migration, between situations of conflict and development. The course questions the narrow framework of the nation-state to relocate migration processes, the existence of transnational ties and various forms of mobility in all their complexity.