Transnationalism, Inheritances and Social Integration
Cod: 42007
Department: DCSG
Scientific area: Sociology
Total working hours: 195
Total contact time: 32

This course unit focuses on the dynamics that lead to the emergence of the phenomenon of transnationalism and its manifestations, as a social phenomenon connected with the globalization of migrations.
The analysis of this social reality focuses on the context of host societies, although its expressions and impacts on societies of origin are also addressed. However, is taken host societies as a reference, that migrants relations with their respective countries of origin and, in some cases, with immigrant groups and communities in other areas, is observed. Relations between individuals and groups residing in different geographic areas thereby promote transnational communities.
Based on empirical studies and academic debates on these issues, the diversity of practices developed through transnational networks are explored along with the effects they have on the integration of migrants and their descendants.
Transnational practices are conceptualized as the result of symbolic processes of constructing identities and affiliations, as well as the social, cultural, economic and political effects with the integration of migrants and their descendants.


Belonging and identity
Social integration

Understanding the dynamics inherent in the emergence of transnationalism in the globalization context of migrations;
Relating the concept of transnationalism with the concepts of belonging, identity and social integration;
Reflecting critically on the dynamics of identity construction and integration processes of individuals and groups, and practices inherent in transnational networks and face the multiple spaces of belonging;
Reflecting critically on public policies towards the promotion of transnationalism and on transnational communities’ strategies.


1. Transnationalism, belonging and integration: a theoretical and critical approach
2. Cultural dynamics and integration trajectories: cultural affiliations of immigrants and their descendants
3. Role of transnational networks in the integration of individuals and groups: an approach to the players

British Council/Migration Policy Group (2015) Migrant Integration Policy Index IV. Disponível em:
Castles, S. (2005) Comunidades transnacionais: novas formas de relações sociais em contexto de globalização?, in Castles, S., Globalização, transnacionalismo e novos fluxos migratórios: dos trabalhadores convidados às migrações globais, Lisboa: Fim de Século, pp.75-92.
Faist, T.; Fauser, M.; Reisenauer, E. (2013). Transnational migration. Cambridge. Polity Press.
Niessen, J.; Huddleston, T. (2010) Manual de integração para decisores políticos e profissionais. (Bruxelas): Direcção-Geral da Justiça, da Liberdade e da Segurança. União Europeia. Disponível em:
OECD (2017) International Migration Outlook 2017. Paris: OECD Publishing. Disponível em:
Portes, A. (2006) Os debates e o significado do transnacionalismo, in Portes, A., Estudos sobre as migrações contemporâneas. Transnacionalismo, empreendedorismo e a segunda geração, Lisboa: Fim de Século, pp.201-221.
Note: Further readings will be recommended during the semester at the e-learning platform.


E-learning (fully online).

Evaluation is made on individual basis and it involves the coexistence of two modes: continuous assessment (60%) and final evaluation (40%). Further information is detailed in the Learning Agreement of the course unit.

Reading competence in English.