Refugees and Migrants in a Global Historical Perspective, 7.5 credits

Academic year 2023/2024

  • Spring 2024, 100%, Campus

    Start date: 15 January 2024

    End date: 18 February 2024

    Application deadline: 16 October 2023

    Application code: UU-01105 Application

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Uppsala

    Selection: Higher education credits (maximum 285 credits)

    Registration: Please contact the department.

Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 12,500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 12,500

About the course

The course uses historical case studies of migrant refugee crises before and during World War II in Europe (including Sweden's response to Jews trying to flee Germany and German-occupied countries); in South Asia during and after the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan; in the Balkans repeatedly during the twentieth century, and in present-day Europe as a result of the wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

It will examine the "push factors" of migration (such as war, discrimination, ethnic/religious violence), as well as "pull factors" (such as geographical proximity to the receiving country, perceptions of relative safety, a strong economy, generous refugee or welfare policies). It will also look at the routes and conditions of transit of migrants and refugees, issues of reception in transit and destination countries (including violence against refugees and migrants), and the long-term impact of large-scale displacement of populations on the refugees themselves, on their former country and on the receiving country.

More information


Department of History

Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3 A

Box 628, 751 26 UPPSALA

Telephone: 018-471 1526 018-471 1546


Director of studies (Bachelor's level)


Director of studies (Master's level)