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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. (2016). “Strong ties, weak ties: Exploring the role of networks in domestic worker migration from Ethiopia to the Middle East” Asian Pacific and Migration Journal 25(4): 401-421.

Kuschminder, Katie & Melissa Siegel, 2016, `Determinants of diaspora policy engagement of Ethiopians in the Netherlands, African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal, DOI: 10.1080/17528631.2015.1083184

Koser, Khalid & Katie Kuschminder, 2015, `Key findings of comparative research on assisted voluntary return and reintegration of migrants, Migration Policy Practice, Vol. V, Number 1

Fransen, Sonja & KatieKuschminder, 2014, `Lessons Learned from Refugee Settlement Policies in Africa: A Case Study on Burundi’s Rural Integrated Villages Approach, Refugee Survey Quarterly, Volume 33(1), pp. 59-67

Kuschminder, Katie, Melissa Siegel & Nassim Majidi, 2014, `The changing nature of return migration to Afghanistan, Forced Migration Review, 46: Afghanistan’s displaced people: 2014 and beyond

Kuschminder, Katie, 2014, `Knowledge Transfer and Capacity Building Through the Temporary Return of Qualified Nationals to Afghanistan, International Migration, 52(5), pp. 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