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Hein de Haas

Former Co-Director, IMI Associate and Professor of Sociology, University of Amsterdam

  • James Martin Fellow
  • Honorary Professor of Migration and Development at Maastricht University

Hein de Haas's research focuses on the linkages between migration and broader processes of human development and globalisation, primarily from the perspective of migrant-sending societies. He did extensive fieldwork in the Middle East and North Africa and, particularly, Morocco.

He has published on a wide range of issues including migration theory, migration and development, remittances and transnationalism, integration, migration determinants, migration futures and the links between migration and environmental change.


Hein de Haas has a PhD in social sciences (Radboud University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands), an undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology and an MA (cum laude) in human and environmental geography (University of Amsterdam).

Before joining IMI in 2006, Hein de Haas held researcher and lecturer positions at the Radboud University of Nijmegen and the University of Amsterdam, and was a visiting fellow to the Forced Migration and Refugees Studies programme of the American University of Cairo. For several years he has taught migration theory at the University of Maastricht.

He has acted as consultant or advisor to governments and international organisations including the UK Government Office of Science, EU, UNDP, UNRISD, IOM and Oxfam.

In August 2015 Hein left IMI and was appointed Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam, where he has a special focus on the study of migration and social cohesion, in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

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