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Making the ‘Movable’ Middle More Open to Immigration

For those working to promote a positive and more balanced view about migration in high-income countries, the world can seem a bleak place at times. From drownings in the Mediterranean, to detention centres in Libya, the Trump administration’s “Muslim ban”, and restrictions on labour migration and regular employment, policymakers appear to be increasingly enacting policies […]

How does foreign aid affect the emigration of medical workers from developing countries?

Severe shortages of health personnel provide a justification for the international community to support developing countries in their efforts to retain medical workers through improved local conditions. Our new research shows that aid for health as well as general efforts to foster economic growth indeed lead to lower emigration of medical workers. The effects are […]

The Zimbabwe-South Africa border: Governing Zimbabwean migration and humanitarian crisis through immobilities

During the festive season in 2020, migrants amassed in their thousands at border posts between South Africa and its neighbours due to a lack of coordination between governments and failure to implement strategies that Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states had agreed on. A Zimbabwean citizen died after collapsing near the Beitbridge border in Limpopo […]

Crossing the research-policy boundary

Crossing the research-policy boundary   Whether driven by funding institutions, research organisations or the need to inject an evidence base into a growing body of migration policy worldwide, migration researchers are increasingly trying to be more policy relevant. In my work as a researcher, and, now, overseeing research on migration funded under the EU’s Horizon […]