Dr Melissa Siegel

Head Migration Studies Training & Research Projects, Associate Professor, Senior Researcher

Research group(s):
6. Migration and Development (coordinator)
2. Poverty, Public Policy and Inclusive Innovation

Dr. Melissa Siegel currently works as an Associate Professor and Head of Migration Studies at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and UNU-MERIT where she heads the Migration and Development research group of UNU-MERIT and the Migration and Development research theme of the Maastricht Center for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE). She currently holds positions as a Research Associate at the Center on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) and an Associated Researchers at the International Migration Institute (IMI) at the University of Oxford. She manages several migration research projects, coordinates the Migration Studies Specialization and Migration Management Diploma Program while lecturing and supervising Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD students. She has worked on or headed projects for Governments, International Organizations and NGOs such as the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs, the Dutch Ministry of Finance, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dutch Ministry of Interior, the IOM, UNHCR, ILO, GIZ, Oxfam Novib and others. She is also regularly involved in migration-related trainings for Governments and International Organizations (i.e. UNICEF, UNRWA, EIPA, Dutch Government, Iranian Government) as well as teaching in the United States, Malaysia, Mozambique, Afghanistan and Suriname. She previously worked for Utrecht School of Economics and has held Visiting Research Fellowships at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and at the International Migration Institute at the University of Oxford. She has several publications in the area of migration studies mainly focused on the causes and consequences of migration with a strong focus on migration and development issues.

Research Note

Dr. Siegel's current work lies in 5 main areas:

1)    The effects of migration on children and elderly left behind
2)    The linkages between different forms of migration and multi-dimensional poverty
3)    The linkages between migration (including return) and development
4)    Remittance, effects, usage and channels
5)    Migration policy and practice

Current projects:

  • Evaluation of the UNHCR shelter program in Afghanistan (2012-2013)
  • Dutch Ministry of Interior knowledge exchange project on civic integration (2012)
  • Volkswagen Foundation Project Europe's Global Linkages and the Impact of the Financial Crisis: Policies for Sustainable Trade, Capital Flows, and Migration (2011-2013)
  • IOM Afghanistan Migration Profile and New Data Collection (2011-2012)
  • Migration: A World in Motion: Migration and Development IS Academy Project Manager (2009-2014). Project on the developmental impact of migration specifically in Morocco, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Burundi.
  • EuropeAid (EC) Project on the Effects of Migration on Children and Elderly Left Behind in Moldova and Georgia (2010-2012)
  • Assessment of the IOM 'MIDWEB' migration project in the Western Balkans (2012)

(Selected) Previous projects:


  • Evaluation of the Dutch Government Migration and Development Program (2012)
  • Evaluation of the "Blue Birds" circular migration pilot of the Dutch Government (2011-2012)
  • Study on educational support for newly arrived migrant children (NAMS) Project Netherlands Country Expert (2011)
  • Dutch remittances website evaluation (2010)
  • Oxfam Novib Project on the needs and wants of African migrants in Europe with regard to remittance sending (2010).
  • Remittances Corridor Project (Netherlands-Afghanistan) for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2009).
  • World Bank Remittances Corridor Project (Netherlands-Suriname) in conjunction with the Dutch Ministry of Finance and Utrecht School of Economics. Included field research in Suriname as well as the research in the Netherlands (2006-2007).


More information on these and other projects

Selected publications by Melissa Siegel