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Katie Kuschminder

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Biographical Note

Katie Kuschminder is a Research Fellow at the Global Governance Programme, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies funded by a Rubicon Grant from The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Katie’s research is in the field of international migration with a current focus on irregular, transit and return migration. Her current work examines irregular migrants decision making factors in transit. Katie is an affiliated researcher at Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and United Nations University-MERIT at Maastricht University. Katie obtained her PhD from Maastricht University in 2014. She has taught at the undergraduate, masters and professional level at Maastricht University.

For more information please visit www.katiekuschminder.com.


Research Project

Destination or in Transit? Decision making factors of migrants in Italy

This project examines irregular migrants decision making factors in Italy including the decision to apply for asylum and/or migrate onwards from Italy, and how these decisions do or do not change over time. This results of this study will make a contribution to further understanding the different factors influencing irregular migrants decisions, and in particular the role of policies in these decisions.


Selected Journal articles

Kuschminder, K. (2017). Afghan Refugee Journeys: Onwards Decision Making in Turkey and Greece. Journal of Refugee Studies. Advance access.  

Bilgili, O., Kuschminder, K., and Siegel, M. (2017). Return Migrants’ Perceptions of Living Conditions in Ethiopia: A Gendered Analysis. Migration Studies. Early Access.

Kuschminder, K. (2017). Interrogating the Relationship between Remigration and Sustainable Return. International Migration 55(6): 107-121.  

Kuschminder, K. (2016). Strong Ties, Weak Ties and Working Conditions for Domestic Workers: An Exploratory Study of the role of networks in Ethiopian Domestic Worker Migration to the Middle East. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal. 25(4)

Fransen, S. and Kuschminder, K. (2014). “Lessons Learned from Refugee Return Settlement Policies: A Case Study of Burundi’s Rural Integrated Villages Approach.” Refugee Survey Quarterly 33(1): 59-76.

Kuschminder, K. (2014).Knowledge Transfer and Capacity Building Through the Temporary Return of Qualified Nationals to Afghanistan”. International Migration 52(5): 191-207. 

Selected Other Publications

Kuschminder, K. and Koser, K. (2017). ‘The role of migration-specific and migration-relevant policies in migrant decision-making in transit’ UNU-Merit/ Maastricht University Working Paper No. 22/2017. 

Koser, K. and Kuschminder, K. (2016). ‘Understanding Irregular Migrants decision making factors in transit’ DIBP Occasional Paper No. 21