Journeys on hold: how policy influences the migration decisions of Eritreans in Ethiopia

Dr. Jessica Hagen-Zanker, Overseas Development Institute

Around 5,000 Eritreans leave their country every month. Many travel directly to neighbouring Ethiopia, where there is an open-asylum policy for refugees, including an extensive camp-based system of protection, and a variety of interventions designed to both support people’s livelihoods and deter irregular secondary migration. But despite this humanitarian and development assistance, for many people, their journey doesn’t end in Ethiopia. This presentation explores whether, by providing alternative options, it is possible for policy-makers to prevent or reduce irregular migration from countries- and regions-of-origin. It looks at two measures in particular: in-country livelihood support, such as vocational trainings and loans, and refugee resettlement programming.

About the speaker

Dr. Jessica Hagen-Zanker is Migration Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute, where she leads the migration research. Her research has focused on understanding how migration and other policies affect migrant decision-making, impacts of migration on migrants and their families, the interlinkages between migration and social protection, and remittances, covering a diverse range of countries, including Albania, Ethiopia and Nepal. Jessica also has extensive experience in the design and analysis of household surveys, conducting systematic literature reviews and the analysis of social protection programmes and policies. She holds a PhD in Public Policy from Maastricht University.

Venue: Room 1.23

Date: 24 May 2017

Time: 12:00 - 13:00  CET