MIGRATION SEMINAR: Borders Beyond Control? The Role of States and Policies in Migration Processes

dr Hein de Haas, International Migration Institute (IMI), Oxford University

The effectiveness of migration policies has been widely contested in the face of their supposed failure to steer immigration. According to many experts borders are largely beyond control and there is little that states can do about that. They stress that attempts to curb migration have had several unintended, counter-productive effects such as pushing migrants into permanent settlement. Others have argued that such claim are widely exaggerated and that immigration policies have been largely effective. In this seminar, Hein de Haas will review this debate drawing on recent evidence.

About the speaker
Hein de Haas is Co-Director of the International Migration Institute (IMI) of the Department of International Development and the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the links between migration and processes of development and globalisation. He did extensive fieldwork in the Middle East and North Africa and, particularly, Morocco. In 2009, Hein de Haas was awarded a Starting Grant by the European Research Council (ERC) for DEMIG, a five year (2010-2014) research project on the determinants of international migration. Hein de Haas's current work includes: The determinants of migration, Migration and development, The role of states and policies in migration processes, African-European migration, Global migration futures.

Venue: Conference Room, UNU-MERIT/MGSoG, Keizer Karelplein 19, Maastricht

Date: 17 February 2012

Time: 12:30 - 13:30  CEST