Prof. Dr. Hein de Haas

Professorial fellow

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

Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Czaika, Mathias & Hein de Haas, 2017, The Effect of Visas on Migration Processes, International Migration Review, 51(4): 3-, DOI: 10.1111/imre.12261, More information
Haas, Hein de, 2015, Introduction: revisiting Moroccan migrations, Journal of North African Studies, 20: 503-521, DOI: 10.1080/13629387.2015.1065036, More information
Haas, Hein de & T. Fokkema, 2015, Pre- and Post-Migration Determinants of Socio-Cultural Integration of African Immigrants in Italy and Spain, International Migration, 53: 3-26, More information
Haas, Hein de, Stephen Castles & Mark J. Miller, 2015, Walking the tightrope: between global trends and regional detail, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38: 2377-2385, DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2015.1034746, More information
Haas, Hein de, T. Fokkema & M.F. Fihri, 2015, Return Migration as Failure or Success?: The Determinants of Return Migration Intentions Among Moroccan Migrants in Europe, Journal of International Migration and Integration, 16: 415-429, DOI: 10.1007/s12134-014-0344-6, More information
Haas, Hein de, 2014, The globalization of migration: Has the world become more migratory?, International Migration Review, 48: 283-323, DOI: 10.1111/imre.12095, More information
Haas, Hein de & Mathias Czaika, 2013, Measuring Migration Policies: Some Conceptual and Methodological Reflections, Migration and Citizenship, 1(2): 40-7
Haas, Hein de & Simona Vezzoli, 2013, Migration and development on the South-North frontier: A comparison of the Mexico-US and Morocco-EU cases, Journal of Migration and Ethnic Studies, 39(7): 1041-1065, DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2013.778019, More information
Czaika, Mathias & Hein de Haas, 2013, The Effectiveness of Immigration Policies, Population and Development Review, 39(3): 487-508, DOI: 10.1111/j.1728-4457.2013.00613.x, More information

Book chapters
Haas, Hein de, 2013, Migration and Development: Policy lessons from the Moroccan Experience, in: Cortina, Jeronimo, and Enrique Ochoa-Reza, eds, Managing Migration: Maximizing Development and Well-Being in Sending and Receiving Nations, Columbia University Press, New York
Haas, Hein de & T. Fokkema, 2013, Transnational return and pendulum migration strategies of Moroccan migrants: Intra-household power inequalities, tensions and conflicts of interest, in: L. Oso and N. Ribas, The International Handbook on Gender, Migration and Transnationalism: Global and Development PerspectivesThe International Handbook on Gender, Migration and Transnationalism: Global and Development Perspectives, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK

Books (monograph or edited volume)
Castles, Stephen, Hein de Haas & Mark J. Miller, 2014, The Age of Migration, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire and London, The Age of Migration, More information

External working papers
Vezzoli, Simona, Ayla Bonfiglio & Hein de Haas, 2017, Global migration futures: Exploring the future of international migration with a scenario methodology, This paper presents the Global Migration Futures (GMF) Scenario Methodology developed at the University of Oxford’s International Migration Institute (IMI). The GMF Scenario Methodology integrates insights from migration theory with techniques from the Intuitive Logics School of scenario planning to enable the simultaneous and systematic examination of relatively certain and uncertain migration determinants, their future evolution as well as their implications for population mobility. In addition, this paper discusses the key insights gained through the application of the GMF Scenario Methodology in different world regions as well as its main limitations, More information
Czaika, Mathias & Hein de Haas, 2013, The Globalisation of Migration: Has the World Really become more migratory?, DEMIG/IMI Working Paper, University of Oxford: International Migration Institute