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)

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

Carling, J.; Czaika, M.; Bivand Erdal, M. (2020). Translating migration theory into empirical propositions. QuantMig Project Paper, No. 1.2: 1-30

De Haas, H.; Czaika, M; Flahaux, M. L.; Mahendra, E.; Natter, K.; Vezzoli, S.; Villares-Varela, M. (2019). International migration: Trends, determinants and policy effects. Population and Development Review, 8. Oktober 2019:

Czaika M.; Rössl L.; Pfeffer T.; Altenburg F. (2019). Migration & Integration 8: Dialog zwischen Politik, Wissenschaft und Praxis. Edition Donau-Universität Krems, Krems

Czaika, M. (2019). High-skilled Migration Policies. In: Czaika M.; Rössl L.; Pfeffer T.; Altenburg F., Migration & Integration 8: Dialog zwischen Politik, Wissenschaft und Praxis: 17-32, Edition Donau-Universität Krems, Krems

Czaika, M.; Rössl, L. (2019). Einleitung. In: Czaika, M.; Rössl, L.; Altenburg, F.; Faustmann, A.; Pfeffer T., Migration & Integration 7: Dialog zwischen Politik, Wissenschaft und Praxis: 9-16, Edition Donau-Universität Krems, Krems

Czaika, M.; Godin, M. (2019). Qualitative Comparative Analysis for migration and development research. Mignex Project Paper, No. 2.2: 1-32

Rössl, L.; Czaika, M. (2019). Einleitung. In: Czaika M.; Rössl L.; Pfeffer T.; Altenburg F., Migration & Integration 8. Dialog zwischen Politik, Wissenschaft und Praxis: 9-16, Edition Donau-Universität Krems, Krems

Czaika, M.; Di Lillo A. (2018). The geography of anti-immigrant attitudes across Europe, 2002–2014. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2018: 2453-2479, 10.1080/1369183X.2018.1427564

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Lectures (Extract Research Database)

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

High-Skilled Migration-Drivers and Policies

Koc Universität Istanbul, Türkei, 03/07/2019

Determinants of international research collaborations 1973-2013

IMISCOE Jahreskonferenz Malmö, Schweden, 26/06/2019

Migration drivers and decision-making

Environmental Non-Migration Konferenz TU Dresden, Dresden, Deutschland, 20/06/2019

Visa policy regimes: evolution and effects

EMN Konferenz, Riga, Lettland, 17/04/2019

Strategische Ressource Humankapital

Strategischer Führungskräftelehrgang, Schloss Reichenau, Reichenau an der Rax, Österreich, 23/03/2019

The globalisation of scientific mobility and research collaborations

SciMo Konferenz, German Center for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW), Hannover, Deutschland, 20/02/2019

"Die Zäune hoch, die Grenzen dicht"

Faculty Talk "Die Zäune hoch, die Grenzen dicht", 15/01/2019

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