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(Selected) Research


Aligning Migration Management and the Migration-Development Nexus (MIGNEX)

MIGNEX  is a five-year research Horizon 2020 project (2018–2023) with the core ambition of creating new knowledge on migration, development and policy. It involves researchers at nine institutions in Europe, Africa and Asia. Prof. Siegel is the Maastricht University lead for WP7 and WP9.


Advancing Alternative Migration Management (ADMIGOV)

ADMIGOV is a Horizon 2020 project (2018–2022) that aims to promote an alternative migration governance model and takes seriously the principles laid out in the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (2015), the New York Declaration (2016) and later UN documents. 

IOM Netherlands Connecting Diaspora for Development II (CD4D) 

Evaluation of knowledge transfer impact of the Connecting Diaspora for Development (CD4D) project of IOM from the Netherlands II (2019-2022). The overall objective of CD4D2 is to promote the active role of diaspora in selected sectors in four focus countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria and Somalia.


Role of European Mobility and its Impacts in Narratives, Debates and EU Reforms (REMINDER) 

The goal of the Horizon 2020 REMINDER (2016-2019) project is to understand both the impacts of free movement and the processes through which political narratives and public opinion about these impacts are formed.


Other (Selected) Research Projects

  • World Food Program Evaluation of Assistance to Refugees and other Recipients in Kenya (2019-2023)

  • ICMPD Expert Support to the Implementation of the Mobility Partnership with Azerbaijan (MOBILAZE 2) (2021-2022)

  • IOM Strategic Foresight Study for AVRR Programming in Africa (2022)

  • ICMPD project to help Development the Action Plan for the Comprehensive Migration Policy of Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, part of the project Improving Migration Management in the Silk Routes Countries (2020-2021)

  • ERASMUS + Intercultural Learning Online project, Cooperation Partner in Higher Education (2022-2024)

  • FAO Migration and Social Protection Project Support to the development of study papers on the impact of social protection interventions on migration dynamics in Senegal and an FAO policy paper on social protection and migration (2019-2020)

  • GIZ evaluation of the program Supporting Regular Labour Migration and Mobility Between Northern Africa and Europe (2019-2022)

  • Policy on Engagement with Iraqis Abroad for ICMPD funded by ICMPD (2018-2019)

  • Understanding Intra-Regional Labour Migration in the East Africa Community for East Africa Research Fund for DFID and Sida (2016-2018)

  • Follow up Study on Migration Flows from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Europe for Displacement Tracking Matrix of the International Organisation for Migration IOM (2017)

  • Worldwide Universities Network Research Development Fund, Promoting Well-being across Borders: Migration, Social Remittances and Health. (2016-2017)

  • Study on Migration Flows from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Europe for Displacement Tracking Matrix of the International Organisation for Migration IOM (2016)

  • Mapping of the Syrian Diaspora in Germany: Contributions to Peace, Reconstruction,  and Potentials for Collaboration with German Development Cooperation(Commissioned by GIZ, 2016)

  • Study on the Link between Corruption and the Causes for (irregular) Migration for GIZ (2016)

  • Evaluation of Knowledge transfer impact of the Connecting Diaspora for Development (CD4D) project of IOM from the Netherlands (2016-2019)

  • Capacity Building for the Government of Kosovo with ICMPD, sponsored by Swiss Development Cooperation (2016-2017)

  • Project on private sector interest in diaspora recruitment for country or regional offices for DT&V (Dutch return directorate of the Ministry of Justice) (2016)

  • Mail order Brides project for European Parliament (2016)

  • ICMPD/UNDP UNDP-ICMPD Joint Positioning Paper on Migration and Development (2016)

  • UNHCR study on the Economic impact of Congolese refugees in Rwanda (2015-16)

  • Mid-term evaluation of Swiss Development Cooperation’s Global Program on Migration and Development(2015-16)

  • European Asylum Support Office (EASO) Literature review of significant pull/push factors for determining asylum-related migration  (2015-16)

  • Regional overview of  Highly-Skilled Human capital Movement in the LAC  Region for the Inter-American Development bank (2015)

  • KNOMAD (World Bank)  project to pilot indicators for measuring policy and institutional coherence for migration and development (2015-2016)

  • Evaluation of Swiss Development Cooperation Global Programs: Migration and Development Specialist (2015)

  • GIZ project Mapping the Nigerian Diaspora in Germany (2014-15)

  • GIZ project Mapping the Kenyan Diaspora in Germany (2014-15)

  • KNOMAD (World Bank) project to develop indicators for measuring policy and institutional coherence for migration and development (2014)

  • Evaluation of the Swiss Migration Partnership (2014)

  • IZA/DFID project under the Growth and Labor Markets in Low Income Countries program, Project title: The Labour Market Impacts of Forced Migration (LAMFOR) (2013-15)

  • Improving the evidence-base on migration processes and pathways of irregular migrants seeking asylum Project 1: The root causes of movement: Understanding the Determinants and Processes of Irregular Migration from Afghanistan; Project 2: Decision making factors and experiences of irregular Afghan migrants in the Netherlands, Australia National University and Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship (2013-2014)

  • Mapping the Tunisian diaspora in Germany, GiZ project (2013)

  • Expert evaluator for EC project ICT and Immigrant’s Integration (2013)

  • The Hague Process Project (THP) Migrant and Refugee Integration in Global Cities: The role of Cities and Businesses (2013-2014)

  • Evaluation of ILO’s work in the area of  migration (2013)

  • Evaluation of the UNHCR shelter program in Afghanistan (2012-2013)

  • Assessment of the IOM ‘MIDWEB’ migration project in the Western Balkans (2012)

  • Dutch Ministry of Interior knowledge exchange project on civic integration (2012)

  • Evaluation of the Dutch Government Migration and Development Program (2012)

  • Volkswagen Foundation Project Europe’s Global Linkages and the Impact of the Financial Crisis: Policies for Sustainable Trade, Capital Flows, and Migration (2011-2013)

  • Evaluation of the “Blue Birds” circular migration pilot of the Dutch Government (2011-2012)

  • Study on educational support for newly arrived migrant children (NAMS) Project Netherlands Country Expert (2011)

  • IOM Afghanistan Migration Profile and New Data Collection (2011-2012)

  • Migration: A World in Motion: Migration and Development IS Academy Project Manager (2009-2014). Project on the developmental impact of migration specifically in Morocco, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Burundi

  • EuropeAid (EC) Project on the Effects of Migration on Children and Elderly Left Behind in Moldova and Georgia (2010-2012)

  • Dutch remittances website evaluation (2010)

  • Oxfam Novib Project on the needs and wants of African migrants in Europe with regard to remittance sending (2010)

  • Remittances Corridor Project (Netherlands-Afghanistan) for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2009)

  • World Bank Remittances Corridor Project (Netherlands-Suriname) in conjunction with the Dutch Ministry of Finance and Utrecht School of Economics. Included field research in Suriname as well as the research in the Netherlands (2006-2007)

  • Dutch Ministry of Finance project on the Amount and Effects of Money Laundering in conjunction with Utrecht School of Economics, Utrecht University (2004-2005)

  • CMK/Ministerie van Social Zaken en Wekgelegen, Groningen/The Hague project on European Childcare Strategies (2004)

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