Nicholas Van Hear is deputy director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford. He works on forced migration, development, conflict, diaspora, transnationalism and related issues, with field experience in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and Europe. Before joining COMPAS when it was launched in 2003, he held senior research posts at the Refugee Studies Centre in Oxford (1990-2000) and at the Danish Centre for Development Research in Copenhagen (2000-2003). His publications include New Diasporas (Routledge, 1998), The Migration-development nexus (International Organization for Migration, 2003), and Catching Fire: Containing Forced Migration in a Volatile World (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006).
Ninna Nyberg Sørensen’s reflections on Danish development policy point to how, during the first decade of the millennium, policy makers worldwide seized on the potential of migration to enhance development. ‘Leveraging remittances’ and ‘engaging t...read more