Dr. Katherine Kuschminder

Post-Doctoral Researcher and Migration Studies Project Manager

Research group(s):
6. Migration and Development

Dr. Katie Kuschminder is an associated researcher at Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and UNU-MERIT. She is currently completing a NWO Rubicon scholarship as a Research Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute. Her current project at the EUI is a comparative analysis of Eritrean and Nigerian migrants decision making factors in Italy. 

Katie has been working in research for the past ten years and has worked on or managed migration projects for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection Irregular Migration Research Group, German Development Cooperation, IOM, and UNHCR. In previous years, Katie has taught in the MSc in Public Policy and Human Development, the Migration Management Diploma Programme, Migration Studies at the University College Maastricht, and in the Evidence Based Policy Research Programme. Katie's main research interests are in the areas of migration and development, return and reintegration, and irregular and transit migration.

Selected publications by Katherine Kuschminder

Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Kuschminder, Katherine, 2017, Libya is Not Turkey: why the EU plan to stop Mediterranean migration is a human rights concern, The Conversation Global, More information
Kuschminder, Katherine, 2017, Interrogating the Relationship between Remigration and Sustainable Return, International Migration, More information
Bilgili, Özge, Katherine Kuschminder & Melissa Siegel, 2017, Return migrants’ perceptions of living conditions in Ethiopia: A gendered analysis, Migration Studies(mnx050), More information
Kuschminder, Katherine & Khalid Koser, 2016, Why don’t migrants just stay in Turkey and Greece: We asked them, The Conversation Global(Dec. 13), More information
Kuschminder, Katherine, 2016, Strong ties, weak ties: Exploring the role of networks in domestic worker migration from Ethiopia to the Middle East, Asian Pacific and Migration Journal, 25(4): 401-421, More information
Kuschminder, Katherine & Khalid Koser, 2016, Afghans in Greece and Turkey seeking to migrate onward: Decision-making factors and destination choices, Migration Policy Practice, VI(3): 30-35
Kuschminder, Katherine & Melissa Siegel, 2015, Determinants of diaspora policy engagement of Ethiopians in the Netherlands, African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal, More information
Koser, Khalid & Katherine Kuschminder, 2015, Key findings of comparative research on assisted voluntary return and reintegration of migrants, Migration Policy Practice, V(1), More information
Fransen, Sonja & Katherine Kuschminder, 2014, Lessons learned from refugee return settlement policies: A case study on burundi's rural integrated villages, Refugee Survey Quarterly, 33: 59-76, More information
Fransen, Sonja & Katherine Kuschminder, 2014, Lessons Learned from Refugee Settlement Policies in Africa: A Case Study on Burundi's Rural Integrated Villages Approach, Refugee Survey Quarterly, 33(1): 59-67, More information
Kuschminder, Katherine, Melissa Siegel & Nassim Majidi, 2014, The changing nature of return migration to Afghanistan, Forced Migration Review, 46, More information
Kuschminder, Katherine, 2014, Knowledge Transfer and Capacity Building Through the Temporary Return of Qualified Nationals to Afghanistan, International Migration, 52: 191-207, More information

Book chapters
Kuschminder, Katherine & Metka Hercog, 2016, The Power of the Strong State: A Comparative Analysis of the Diaspora Engagement Policies of India and Ethiopia, in: D. Besharov and M. Lopez (Eds.), Adjusting to a World in Motion: Trends in Migration and Migration Policy, Oxford University Press, UK, International Policy Exchange Series
Kuschminder, Katherine & Melissa Siegel, 2013, Diaspora Engagement and Policy in Ethiopia, in: Michael Collyer, Emigration Nations, Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, More information
Kuschminder, Katherine, Lisa Andersson & Melissa Siegel, 2012, Profiling Ethiopian migration: A comparison of characteristics of Ethiopian migrants to Africa, the Middle East and the North, in: Cristina Udelsmann Rodrigues (Ed.), Crossing African borders: Migration and mobility, Center of African Studies (CEA), ISCTE-IUL, University Institute of Lisbon, Lisbon, More information

Books (monograph or edited volume)
Kuschminder, Katherine, 2017, Reintegration Strategies: Conceptualizing How Return Migrants Reintegrate, Springer, London, More information

UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Kuschminder, Katherine & Khalid Koser, 2017, The role of migration-specific and migration-relevant policies in migrant decision-making in transit, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2017-022
Kuschminder, Katherine & Melissa Siegel, 2016, Rejected Afghan asylum seekers in the Netherlands: Migration experiences, current situations and future aspirations, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2016-007
Fransen, Sonja, Katherine Kuschminder & Melissa Siegel, 2012, Implementation of cross-country migration surveys in conflict-affected settings: Lessons from the IS Academy survey in Burundi and Ethiopia, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2012-019
Siegel, Melissa & Katherine Kuschminder, 2012, Highly skilled temporary return, technological change and Innovation: The Case of the TRQN Project in Afghanistan, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2012-017
Kuschminder, Katherine & Metka Hercog, 2011, The power of the strong state: A comparative analysis of the diaspora engagement strategies of India and Ethiopia, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2011-044
Kuschminder, Katherine & Melissa Siegel, 2011, Understanding Ethiopian diaspora engagement policy, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2011-040

External working papers
Kuschminder, Katherine, 2017, Taking stock of Assisted Voluntary Return from Europe : decision making, reintegration and sustainable return : time for a paradigm shift. Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies , 2017/31, More information
Kuschminder, Katherine & Khalid Koser, 2016, Irregular Migrants Decision Making Factors in Transit, Department of Immigration and Border Protection (Australia) Occasional Paper Series No.21
Fransen, Sonja & Katherine Kuschminder, 2012, Back to the land: the long-term challenges of refugee return and reintegration in Burundi, More information

Research reports
Kuschminder, Katherine & Sarah Langley, 2016, Migrants in countries in crisis: Supporting an evidence-based approach for effective and cooperative state action, Regional Discussion Paper, Focus on the East and Southern African Experience, International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), More information
Kuschminder, Katherine, Nassim Majidi & Katrin Marchand, 2015, Afghanistan Return and Circular Migration, Annex to Afghanistan Migration Profile, prepared for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), More information
Marchand, Katrin, Melissa Siegel, Katherine Kuschminder, Nassim Majidi, Michaella Vanore & Carla Buil, 2015, Afghanistan Migration Profile, Report prepared for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), More information
Kuschminder, Katherine, Julia de Bresser & Melissa Siegel, 2015, Irregular Migration Routes to Europe and Factors Influencing Migrants’ Destination Choices, Commissioned by Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek- en Documentatie Centrum (WODC), More information
Koser, Khalid & Katherine Kuschminder, 2015, Comparative Research on the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration of Migrants, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Geneva, Switzerland
Kuschminder, Katherine & Melissa Siegel, 2014, Migration & development: A world in motion - Ethiopia country report, IS Academy Migration and Development survey Ethiopia
Kuschminder, Katherine, Elaine McGregor, Melissa Siegel & Vivianne van der Vorst, 2012, Migration for Development in the Western Balkans (MIDWEB): Final Evaluation, Commissioned by IOM the Netherlands, More information

Kuschminder, Katherine, 2014, Female Return Migration and Reintegration in Ethiopia, PhD dissertation, Maastricht University, More information

Kuschminder, Katherine, 2014, Shattered Dreams and Return of Vulnerability: Challenges of Ethiopian Female Migration to the Middle East, IS Academy Policy Brief No. 18
Kuschminder, Katherine, Nassim Majidi, Ceri Oeppen & Melissa Siegel, 2013, Complexities and Challenges in Afghan Migration: Policy and Research Event, Migration Policy Brief No.14, More information
Kuschminder, Katherine & Jessica Butcher, 2012, Advanced Academic Update Overview: Return, Reintegration and Development, IS Academy Policy Brief No. 11, More information
Kuschminder, Katherine, 2011, Migration Policy Report No. 1: The Role of the Diaspora in Knowledge Transfer and Capacity Building in Post-Conflict Settings: The Temporary Return of Qualified Nationals to Afghanistan, IS Academie Policy Report No. 1, More information
Siegel, Melissa & Katherine Kuschminder, 2011, A Who’s Who in Ethiopian Migration?, Migration Policy Brief No. 5, IS Academie, More information
Kuschminder, Katherine, 2010, Diaspora Engagement in Ethiopia: Finding its Footing, Migration Policy Brief No. 4, IS Academie, More information

Other (editorship, media appearance, keynote, etc.)
Koser, Khalid & Katherine Kuschminder, 2016, The dream of a better life- why refugees move on from Turkey and Greece, World Economic Forum blog, More information
Loschmann, Craig, Katherine Kuschminder & Melissa Siegel, 2014, The root causes of movement: Exploring the determinants of Irregular Migration from Afghanistan, Irregular Migration Research Programme Occasional Paper Series 11|2014, More information
Kuschminder, Katherine, Georgina Sturge & Nora Jasmin Ragab, 2014, Contributions and barriers to knowledge transfer: The experience of returning experts, CIM Paper Series No. 7, More information