Mathias Czaika is Professor of Migration and Integration and Head of the Department of Migration and Globalisation since 2017.

  •     Head of the Centre for Migration and Globalisation Research
  •     Coordinator of the PhD Programme "Migration Studies"
  •     IMISCOE Board of Directors
  •     Member of the Senate of Danube University Krems

About the person

Mathias Czaika is former Director of the International Migration Institute at Oxford University, UK. He holds a PhD in political economy from the University of Freiburg, Germany, and has published on topics such as international migration in the context of globalisation, development, inequality and conflict.

His specific research interests include:

  •     Drivers and dynamics of international migration processes
  •     Decision-making in the field of migration
  •     Migration policy making and policy impacts
  •     Migration of highly skilled workers, asylum seekers and refugees

Projects (Extract Research Database)

Publications (Extract Research Database)

Czaika, Mathias; Bohnet, Heidrun; Zardo, Federica; Bijak, Jakub (2023). European migration governance in the context of uncertainty.

Czaika, M.; Reinprecht, C. (2022). Why do people stay put in environmentally stressful regions? Cognitive bias and heuristics in migration decision-making. Regional Environmental Change, 22:

Czaika, M.; Reinprecht, C. (2022). Migration Drivers: Why Do People Migrate? In: Peter Scholten, Introduction to Migration Studies: 49-82, Springer, Cham

Bijak, J.; Bosch, P.; Czaika, M.; Groot, D.; Busto, M.; Wahba, J.; Vilhena, D.; (2022). Attracting Skills and Talent to the EU. Policy Brief

Czaika, M.; Münz R. (2022). Climate Change, Displacement, Mobility and Migration: The State of Evidence, Future Scenarios, Policy Options. Report

Soto Nishimura A.; Czaika M. (2022). Migration pathways into Europe- An assessment of drivers and policies (QuantMig Project Deliverable 5.7).

Soto Nishimura, A.; Czaika M. (2022). Migration pathways into Europe—An assessment of drivers and policies. Project paper

Soto-Nishimura A.; Czaika M. (2022). Migration Drivers Database (QuantMig Deliverable 5.6).

Adovor, E.; Czaika, M.; Docquier, F.; Moullan, Y. (2021). Medical brain drain:how many, where and why? Journal of Health Economics, 76:

Czaika, M.; Bijak, J.; Prike, T. (2021). Migration Decision-Making and Ist Key Dimensions. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 697 (1): 15-31

Czaika, M.; Godin, M. (2021). Disentangling the migration-development nexus using QCA. Migration and Development, Volume 10 2021:

Bijak, J.; Czaika, M. (2021). Black Swan and Grey Rhinos. Migration Policy Practice, 10 (4): 14-18

Czaika, M.; Bohnet, H.; Zardo, F. (2021). Disentangling the European Migration Policy-Mix Since 1990. QuantMig Project Report D5.5.

Czaika, M; Bohnet, H.; Soto-Nishimura, A. (2021). Spatial and categorical dependence of European migration flows. QuantMig Project Report 5.2

Czaika, M.; Neumayer, E. (2020). On the negative impact of time zone differences on international tourism. Current Issues in Tourism, 23 (10): 1181-1185

Czaika, M.; Reinprecht, C. (2020). Drivers of migration. A synthesis of knowledge. International Migration Review, No. 163: 1-45

Czaika, M. (2020). National Migration Policy: Nature, Patterns and Effects. In: Bastia, T.; Skeldon R., Routledge Handbook of Migration and Development: 298-309, Routledge, London

Czaika, M.; Kraler, A. (2020). Refugees. In: Stone, J.; Dennis, R.; Rizova, P.; Hou, X., The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism: 321-348, Wiley Blackwell, Hoboken, NJ

Natter, K.; Czaika, M.; de Haas, H. (2020). Political party ideology and immigration policy reform: an empirical enquiry. Political Research Exchange, 2 (1):, Taylor&Francis

Bijak, J.; Czaika, M. (2020). Assessing Uncertain Migration Futures: A Typology of the Unknown. QuantMig Project Paper, No. 1.1: 1-30

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Lectures (Extract Research Database)

DEMIG-QuantMig Policy Database - Indicators of the (European) Migration Policy Mix

DEMSCORE, 01/12/2022

Mobility barriers and Economic Globalisation


Klimawandel und Migration

Ringvorlesung Universität Wien "MigrantInnen in Sozialstaat und Beruf", 15/11/2022

Climate Change, Displacement, Mobility and Migration

DELMI Seminar, 08/11/2022

From policy-mixes to configurations: Disentangling interlinkages in European migration-relevant policies

Seventh Conference on Migration Research in Austria, 26/09/2022

Migration governance in the context of uncertainty Data-Driven Decision-Making in Migration Management: opportunities and challenges

EMN Conference, 20/09/2022

European migration governance in the context of uncertainty

IMISCOE, 30/06/2022

Migration Decision-Making under Uncertainty and Its Key Features

2021 International Population Conference (IPC2021), 08/12/2021

Zur Wirkung und Wirksamkeit von Migrationspolitik

Vortrag bei der Akademie der Wissenschaften, Kommission für Migration und Integration (KMI), 11/11/2021

The European migration policy mix – theory, empirics and scenarios

EASO Research Seminar, 20/10/2021

Measurement of migration policy effects

MiReKoc Summer (October) School, 14/10/2021

Migration decision-making and its four key dimensions

Migration & Cognition Workshop, 15/12/2020

Translating migration theory into empirical propositions

Translating migration theory into empirical propositions, Population Europe, 11/12/2020

Preparing for Uncertain Migration Futures

NATIONAL EMN CONFERENCE 2020 Forecasting the Future of Global Migration, 29/09/2020

The evolution and diffusion of assisted return programmes in Europe since the 1970s

Crossing Borders – Perspectives in Migration Research, 6th Biennial Conference on Migration and Integration in Austria, 17/09/2020


BIM Seminar Series - Berlin Institut für Integration und Migration, Deutschland, 18/11/2019

Migrationsforschung im Kontext globalen Wandels

Antrittsvorlesung Donau-Universität Krems, 30/10/2019

Migration von Hochqualifizierten

Dialog Forum Donau-Universität Krems, Österreich, 26/08/2019

Migration in the context of Globalisation, Development and Inequality

IOM Slovakia Bratislawa, Slowakei, 22/08/2019

Water foot print - from today to 2050

Forum Alpbach, Alpbach, Österreich, 19/08/2019

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