Migration and Population Development

Elective Course | 6 ECTS | Námskeið: CRD 07

Kennari: Dr. Ari Klængur Jónsson

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The course aims to familiarize students with population development and the three main population processes: fertility, mortality and migration. We will focus on population developments in Iceland and Europe, with some attention to the major population trends and issues in poorer countries. The course is structured in three parts: A) Fertility and family dynamics where we focus on the links between female employment, family policies and childbearing; B) The causes and consequences for individuals and society of international and internal migration, and the determinants behind migration; C) The life table and some of the basic methods of demography, including discussion about morbidity and mortality.


I have a PhD in sociological demography from Stockholm University. Currently I am a project manager at the Social Science Institute at the University of Iceland and adjunct at the Sociology department at the University of Iceland. My research focuses on fertility and family dynamics in Iceland and the other Nordic countries – which includes studying developments and trends over time in childbearing behavior, union formation and dissolution, and how social policies and country context help shape these trends. Some information (albeit not up to date) about my work can be found here: https://www.su.se/profiles/arjo9048-1.195599. Also, all my publications to date are in open access so just google away if you are interested in learning more about the family dynamics in Iceland during the past few decades.

I used to live in Ísafjörður and work for the Multicultural and Information Centre, located in the same building as UW, and I was thus well connected to previous cohorts of students at the UW. My children are even born in Ísafjörður so I am quite fond of the town and the University Centre of the Westfjords!