Before joining the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and the MEDAM project Claas Schneiderheinze completed a Bachelor of Economics in Kiel and a Master of Development Economics in Göttingen. In September of 2016 he joined the Kiel Institute’s department of Poverty Reduction, Equity and Development as a research fellow and PhD candidate. His main sphere within the MEDAM project is African migration. More specifically, he investigates the implications of environmental and demographic change in Africa for internal and international migration. In addition, he takes part in the T20 Task Force on Migration and advises the G20 on regional migration governance.
- The migration-development nexus
- Determinants of the migration decision
- The migration response of climate events
- Rural development economics
- Project and policy evaluation
Using 35 years of migration flow data from 198 countries of origin to OECD countries, the paper shows a negative association between rising incomes in developing countries and emigration—thus casting serious doubt on existing studies that suggest the opposite based on cross-sectional data.
The challenges in asylum and migration policy require a comprehensive approach with broad support by all EU member states. In our assessment report we propose a strategy based on the concept of ‘flexible solidarity’.
How can the responsibility for refugees be distributed more fairly – globally and within the EU? And how can we curb irregular migration while expanding legal immigration to the benefit of all concerned? These and other questions are addressed in the first MEDAM assessment report.
With many refugee situations being protracted, humanitarian assistance that mainly provides refugees with food, shelter and minimal public services is not sufficient. MEDAM researchers call on G20 leaders to extend more predictable and substantial support to low-and-middle-income countries that host refugees.