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Hein de Haas

Hein de HaasHein de Haas is Co-Director of the International Migration Institute. Hein is also a James Martin Fellow and Honorary Professor of Migration and Development at Maastricht University.

Contact: +44 (0) 1865 281794,

Research focus

Hein de Haas's research focuses on the linkages between migration and broader processes of human development and globalisation, primarily from the perspective of migrant-sending societies. He did extensive fieldwork in the Middle East and North Africa and, particularly, Morocco.

He has published on a wide range of issues including migration theory, migration and development, remittances and transnationalism, integration, migration determinants, migration futures and the links between migration and environmental change.

Current IMI projects

In 2009, Hein de Haas was awarded a Starting Grant by the European Research Council (ERC) for DEMIG, a five year (2010-2014) research project on the determinants of international migration.

In 2012, IMI received funding from the Sloan Foundation for a related project, the Drivers and Dynamics of High-Skilled Migration. Hein de Haas and Mathias Czaika are the Principal Investigators on this project.

He is also working on other IMI projects including Global Migration Futures, THEMIS (Theorizing the Evolution of European Migration Systems), Transatlantic Dialogues on Migration and Development,  and EUMAGINE, which investigates the role of imaginations in shaping migration aspirations.


Hein de Haas has a PhD in social sciences (Radboud University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands), an undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology and an MA (cum laude) in human and environmental geography (University of Amsterdam).

Before joining IMI in 2006, Hein de Haas held researcher and lecturer positions at the Radboud University of Nijmegen and the University of Amsterdam, and was a visiting fellow to the Forced Migration and Refugees Studies programme of the American University of Cairo. For several years he has taught migration theory at the University of Maastricht.

He acted as consultant or advisor to governments and international organisations including the UK Government Office of Science, EU, UNDP, UNRISD, IOM and Oxfam.

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Articles (since 2005)

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Monographs, edited volumes, special issues

  • Berriane, M. and H. de Haas (2012) African Migrations Research: Innovative Methods and Methodologies, New Jersey: Africa World Press.
  • Düvell, F., M. Collyer and H. de Haas (2011, published online) Special Issue on Transit Migration, Population, Space and Place.
  • Düvell, F., I. Molodikova, M. Collyer and H. de Haas (2011) Transit Migrations in Europe: Contested Concepts and Diverse Realities, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  • de Haas, H. and F. Rodriguez (2010) Special Issue on Migration and Development, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities 11(2).
  • Castles, S., H. de Haas, N. Van Hear and E. Vasta (2010) Special Issue on Theories of Migration and Social Change, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 36(10).
  • DeWind, J., R. H. Adams, Jr., H. de Haas and U. Osili Ukonkwo (2009) Web Anthology on Migrant Remittances and Development Research Perspectives. Published by SSRC (New York, US).

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Book chapters

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Working papers and reports (since 2005)

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DEMIG Conference

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'Determinants of International Migration' conference. 23–25 September 2014 | Wolfson College, University of Oxford.