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Hein de Haas

Professor of Sociology, University of Amsterdam

  • University of Amsterdam, IMI director

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, rural-urban transformations, remittances and transnationalism, migration policies 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).

Between 2006 and 2015, he was a founding member and a former director of the International Migration Institute (IMI) at the University of Oxford. 

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. 

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 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. He is also Extraordinary Professor of Migration and Development at the University of Maastricht / United Nations University.

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