In the modern era, tens of millions of people have migrated from their country of origin. Who are these people? Why are they migrating? What struggles do they endure in transit? What challenges do they face in their destination? Are they moving from poverty and towards economic opportunity? Are they asylum seekers fleeing war and oppression? Increased border enforcement in the developed world has escalated thousands of deaths in the American Southwest and in the Mediterranean. Voters in many Western countries are electing politicians who promise even harsher policies. This course offers an overview of international migration and explores contemporary migration debates through two twenty-first 21st century case studies: 1) Central American immigration to the U.S. through the U.S./Mexico border and 2) Mediterranean and Middle East immigration to Europe after the Arab Spring with a focus on Syria.