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Prof. dr. Hein de Haas

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Affiliated to University of Oxford - International Migration Institute (IMI), United Kingdom


Hein de Haas is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). He holds an extraordinary professorship in Migration and Development at UNU-MERIT/MGSoG. He is also Research Associate at the International Migration Institute (IMI) of the University of Oxford. He was previously, from 2011 - 2015, Co-Director of the IMI and, from 2006 - 2015, a Senior Researcher and University Lecturer in Migration Studies at the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID) at the University of Oxford. Hein de Haas has a PhD in social sciences (Radboud University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands), MA (cum laude) in human and environmental geography (University of Amsterdam) and an undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology.

In his research, De Haas focuses on the reciprocal linkages between migration and broader processes of social transformation and development in origin and destination countries. His theoretical and empirical publications cover a wide range of issues, including migration determinants, migration policies, the development implications of migration, transnationalism and rural-urban transformations. He has extensive fieldwork experience in the Middle East and North Africa and, particularly, in Morocco.

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