Dr. Katherine Kuschminder


Associate Professor

Research group(s):
6. Migration and Development

Dr. Katie Kuschminder is an Associate Professor at UNU-MERIT / Maastricht University. Katie's main research interests are in the areas of return and reintegration, irregular migrants journeys and migration governance. Katie has led migration projects for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, German Development Cooperation, ILO, IOM, NWO and WODC. Currently, she is a Work-Package Lead on the H2020 Admigov project. In 2020, Katie was awarded an ERC Starting Grant on Reintegration Governance. In 2016 she was awarded a Rubicon Grant from the NWO and completed a two-year fellowship at the European University Institute. 

Katie has taught in the MSc in Public Policy and Human Development, the Migration Management Diploma Programme, and she currently coordinates the Migration Studies course at the University College Maastricht. She is the Understanding Cultures Global Challenges Working Group Representative to the World Universities Network (WUN) for Maastricht University. 




Selected publications by Katherine Kuschminder


Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Lietaert, Ine & Katherine Kuschminder, 2021, Contextualizing and conceptualizing reintegration processes in the context of return, International Migration, More information
Dubow, Talitha & Katherine Kuschminder, 2021, Family strategies in refugee journeys to Europe, Journal of Refugee Studies, More information
Kuschminder, Katherine, Charlotte Mueller, Kiza Magendane & Yannicke Goris, 2021, Diaspora and knowledge transfer - the evidence, The Broker, More information
Kuschminder, Katherine, 2020, Once a Destination for Migrants, Post-Gaddafi Libya Has Gone from Transit Route to Containment, Migration Information Source, More information
Kuschminder, Katherine, Zoe Ogahara & Iman Rajabzadeh, 2020, Evaluations of Return Within A Mass Deportation: Ethiopians’ Experiences of Return After Expulsion From Saudi Arabia, International Migration, More information
Kuschminder, Katherine, 2020, Before disembarkation: Eritrean and Nigerian migrants journeys within Africa, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, More information
Kuschminder, Katherine & Anna Triandafyllidou, 2020, Smuggling, Trafficking, and Extortion: New Conceptual and Policy Challenges on the Libyan Route to Europe, Antipode, 52(1), DOI: 10.1111/anti.12579, More information
Kuschminder, Katherine & Jennifer Waidler, 2020, At Europe’s frontline: factors determining migrants decision making for onwards migration from Greece and Turkey, Migration and Development, 9(2): 188-208, DOI: 10.1080/21632324.2019.1601829, More information
Kuschminder, Katherine, 2019, The Multi-level Governance of Asylum in Italy: Understanding Eritreans’ Secondary Movements in Search of Relocation within Italy, Journal of Refugee Studies, More information
Kuschminder, Katherine, 2019, Using Mixed Methods to Examine Refugees and Other Migrants’ Decision-Making in Transit, Sage Research Methods Case, More information
Bilgili, Özge, Katherine Kuschminder & Melissa Siegel, 2018, Return migrants' perceptions of living conditions in Ethiopia: A gendered analysis, Migration Studies, 6(3): 345-366, DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnx050, More information
Kuschminder, Katherine, 2018, Afghan refugee journeys: Onwards migration decision-making in Greece and Turkey, Journal of Refugee Studies, 31(4): 566-587, DOI: 10.1093/jrs/fex043, More information
Kuschminder, Katherine, Lisa Andersson & Melissa Siegel, 2018, Migration and multidimensional well-being in Ethiopia: investigating the role of migrants destinations, Migration and Development, DOI: 10.1080/21632324.2018.1463903, More information
Kuschminder, Katherine, 2017, Why don’t migrants want to stay in Turkey or Greece?, Euronews Opinions, 7 February 2017, More information
Kuschminder, Katherine, 2017, Debunking misconceptions about return migration, EUI Times Magazine, More information
Kuschminder, Katherine, 2017, Afghan Refugee Journeys: Onwards Decision Making in Turkey and Greece, Journal of Refugee Studies, More information
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), DOI: 10.1093/migration/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, DOI: 10.1177/0117196816673641, 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, DOI: 10.1080/17528631.2015.1083184, 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 in Africa: A case study on Burundi's Rural Integrated Villages, Refugee Survey Quarterly, 33(1): 59-67, DOI: 10.1093/rsq/hdt023, 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, DOI: 10.1093/rsq/hdt023, 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, DOI: 10.1111/imig.12065, More information
Fransen, Sonja & Katherine Kuschminder, 2012, Back to the land: The long-term challenges of refugee return and reintegration in Burundi, New Issues in Refugee Research, 242, More information


Book chapters
Kuschminder, Katherine, 2018, A spurious relationship? Assisted voluntary return and development, in: Agnieszka Weinar, Saskia Bonjour, Lyubov Zhyznomirska, The Routledge Handbook of the Politics of Migration in Europe, Routledge, New York, More information
Koser, Khalid & Katherine Kuschminder, 2017, Assisted voluntary return and reintegration of migrants: A comparative approach, in: Marie McAuliffe, Khalid Koser (Eds), A Long Way to Go: Irregular Migration Patterns, Processes, Drivers and Decision-making, ANU, Canberra, Australia, More information
Loschmann, Craig, Katherine Kuschminder & Melissa Siegel, 2017, The Root Causes of Movement: Exploring the Determinants of Irregular Migration from Afghanistan, in: Marie McAuliffe and Khalid Koser, A long way to go: Irregular migration patterns, processes, drivers and decision making, ANU Press, Canberra, More information
Koser, Khalid & Katherine Kuschminder, 2017, Assisted voluntary return and reintegration of migrants: A comparative approach, in: Marie McAuliffe and Khalid Koser, A long way to go: Irregular migration patterns, processes, drivers and decision making, ANU Press, Canberra, More information
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
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
Dubow, Talitha, Sze Eng Tan & Katherine Kuschminder, 2021, EU Exit Regimes in Practice: Sustainable Return and Reintegration in Albania, ADMIGOV Interim Report for Deliverable 2.4, More information
Mueller, Charlotte & Katherine Kuschminder, 2020, Connecting Diaspora for Development 2 (CD4D2) Initial Report, Study commissioned by IOM, More information
Mueller, Charlotte & Katherine Kuschminder, 2019, Connecting Diaspora for Development: Final Report, Research report commissioned by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), More information
Kuschminder, Katherine, Talitha Dubow, Ahmet Icduygu, Aysen Ustubici, Eda Kiriscioglu, Godfried Engbersen & Olga Mitrovic, 2019, Decision Making on the Balkan Route and the EU-Turkey Statement, WODC Report, More information
Mueller, Charlotte & Katherine Kuschminder, 2018, Connecting Diaspora for Development: Mid-Term Report, Research report commissioned by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), More information
Kuschminder, Katherine & Alexandra Ricard-Guay, 2018, ILO Ethiopia Reintegration Background Report, More information
Ricard-Guay, Alexandra & Katherine Kuschminder, 2018, Reintegration Package for Ethiopia, ILO Report, More information
Mueller, Charlotte, Katherine Kuschminder & Sarah Langley, 2017, Connecting Diaspora for Development: Baseline Report, Research report commissioned by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), More information
Langley, Sarah & Katherine Kuschminder, 2016, Connecting Diaspora for Development: Literature Review, Research report commissioned by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), More information
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 Lebon-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


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


Briefs
Kuschminder, Katherine, 2018, Deciding Which Road to Take: Insights into How Migrants and Refugees in Greece Plan Onward Movement, Migration Policy Institute Issue Brief, 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.)
Kuschminder, Katherine & Anna Triandafyllidou, 2019, Smuggling, Trafficking, and Extortion: New Conceptual and Policy Challenges on the Libyan Route to Europe Video, Explainer and Video Abstract, More information
Kuschminder, Katherine, 2018, Survival Strategies for Fleeing Eritrea, Refugees Deeply, More information
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


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