International migration is a large and growing phenomenon. Around 280 million people (or 3.5 percent of the world’s population) now live outside of their home countries. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that more than 80 million persons worldwide were forcibly displaced from their homes in 2020. Understanding these trends, as well as their drivers and consequences, is critically important to improving policies and programs designed to minimize the impacts linked to such displacement and migration.
Georgetown’s Certificate in Global Displacement & Migration Studies offers deep knowledge and information about the different groups of people on the move (including labor migrants, refugees, internally displaced, asylum seekers, and others), as well as the multiple causes and consequences of such movements. It also provides a global overview of displacement and migration numbers and trends, drivers of and policy responses to population movements, and the resulting impacts on origin, transit, and host countries.
The program curriculum analyzes demographic trends and migration dynamics, the particular characteristics of labor migration and displacement, the challenge of integration of migrants into receiving societies, environmental migration and displacement, U.S. immigration policy, and global governance. The course will also cover current and emerging issues of concern, including trafficking, internal displacement, and irregular migration.
Throughout the program, you’ll also examine how research questions are answered in an effort to enhance existing knowledge and improve policies and practices. By the end of the program, you’ll have a deeper understanding of displacement and migration trends, drivers, and repercussions on a global scale.
Ideal for: Mid-career professionals working in the U.S. and internationally
Mid-career professionals working in the U.S. and internationally
Duration: 1 week
Format: Live Online
Schedule: Mornings, Mon–Fri
Semester of Entry: Fall, spring
Semester of Entry
Upon successful completion of the certificate, you’ll be able to:
Interpret the principal causes and drivers of migration
Evaluate global trends and dynamics in migration
Define and discuss the various categories and definitions used in the field of migration, including labor migrants, refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced persons, survivors of trafficking, and environmental migrants
Assess the strengths and weaknesses of the international legal frameworks and institutions governing different categories of migrants
Describe the primary national, regional, and international actors working with migrants and refugees
Identify the key barriers and opportunities for integration of migrants and refugees
Elucidate the main consequences of economic migrants and forced migration on countries of origin, countries of transit, and countries of destination, including the role of migration in development
Explain the intersection between security concerns and migration
Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the major durable solutions for refugees and displaced persons
Apply knowledge of global migration to a specific issues through research and writing of a capstone project
Testimonials from current students and alumni.
In a world where populations are in constant movement, understanding the underlying causes and impacts of displacement and migration is more crucial than ever. Georgetown’s Certificate in Global Displacement & Migration Studies equips you with insights to comprehend the multidimensional aspects of these trends.
Director of Professional Certificate Programs
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Katharine Donato holds the Donald G. Herzberg Chair in International Migration and is Director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration in the School of Foreign Service at ... Read more
Elizabeth Ferris is Research Professor with the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University. In 2016, she also served as Senior Advisor to the UN General Assembly’s ... Read more
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Tuition & Funding
Total program tuition is $5,995. Most course materials are included.
Noncredit professional certificates do not qualify for federal financial aid, scholarships, grants, or needs-based aid. However, several finance and funding options do exist, as listed below.
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