Prof. Dr. Hein de Haas

Research group(s):
6. Migration and Development

Hein de Haas is Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. He holds an extraordinary professorship in Migration and Development at UNU-MERIT/Maastricht University. He is a founding member and a former director of the International Migration Institute (IMI) at the University of Oxford. He also maintains a blog on migration-related topics.

De Haas is co-author (with Stephen Castles and Mark Miller) of The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World, a leading text book in the field of migration studies.

His research focuses on the 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 did extensive fieldwork in the Middle East and Africa and, particularly, in Morocco.

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.

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Selected publications by Hein de Haas