Do Deportations Cut Migration?

Do Deportations Cut Migration?


We hear a lot about deportations on both sides of the Atlantic. In November 2016, then President-Elect Trump announced plans to deport 2-3 million undocumented workers. A month earlier, a migration deal was signed by Afghanistan and the EU that allowed member states to deport unlimited numbers of Afghans back “home”. But how effective are deportations in actually deterring people from migrating, and what other consequences can they have? Samuel Hall’s Nassim Majidi offers deeper observations from on-the-ground research in Afghanistan and Somalia.

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Recommended Reading

Nassim has hand-picked the following resources for you to learn more about deportations:

The NY Times wrote a story on a young Afghan boy and his family deported from Norway.

Al-Jazeera wrote about the deportation of Afghans from Pakistan in winter 2016.

Nassim co-authored this academic paper in 2015 on deportation stigma and re-migration in Afghanistan, which you can download for free.

She also co-authored an academic paper in 2013 on what happens to Afghans, post-deportation.

For a comprehensive overview of Afghanistan’s mixed migration flows and the consequences of these flows on the country’s governance and development, check out this feature for the Migration Policy Institute that Nassim co-authored in 2016.

This book, available for free download, exposes what it’s like to be a migrant under threat of deportation in Sweden.

And a couple more from the Migration Matters team:

An in depth look at “Joint Way Forward”, the migration deal signed by Afghanistan and the EU in 2016.

For a look across the Atlantic, this academic paper explains how tougher immigration measures at the state level have impacted the decisions of unauthorised workers who returned or were deported back to Mexico.

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Nassim Majidi

Nassim is associate doctor at Sciences Po’s Centre for International Studies and the Co-Founder/Head of Migration Practice at Samuel Hall. Nassim conducts research into conditions in origin countries, studying questions like motivations for migration, migrant journeys, the role of smuggling, and post-return outcomes via Samuel Hall’s regional offices in Nairobi, Kabul, and Mogadishu.