Associate Policy Analyst
Samuel Davidoff-Gore is an Associate Policy Analyst with MPI’s International Program, where he focuses on asylum and protection policy, forced displacement, and development approaches to refugee situations. In addition, he works on issues related to mobility and the COVID-19 pandemic, with a particular interest in the Middle East and North Africa.
Previously, Mr. Davidoff-Gore interned with MPI and with the German Marshall Fund of the United States’ migration team in Berlin. Prior to that, he worked at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, supporting projects aimed at building the capacity of local electoral management bodies and promoting inclusive elections in Jordan and Libya.
Mr. Davidoff-Gore holds a master’s degree with honors from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, where he concentrated in international economics and international law and organizations. He earned his bachelor’s degree with honors from Brown University, where he concentrated in international relations. He studied abroad in Amman, Jordan, and has conducted fieldwork in Uganda, Nepal, and Georgia.
Small and mid-sized cities are some of the fastest growing in many parts of the world, including sub-Saharan Africa. Yet life in these cities can present a variety of challenges for migrants and displaced persons. This report examines these challenges in secondary cities in Côte d’Ivoire and Uganda, and how local, national, and civil-society actors are working to address them.
Despite high hopes that international movement would be revived in 2021 after the deep chill in 2020 with designation of a global pandemic, cross-border mobility remained limited as migrants and travelers faced complex rules, high costs, and uncertainty as new COVID-19 variants emerged. This report assesses global mobility in 2021, including changing use of travel restrictions, their impacts on mobile populations, and efforts to safely restart migration and travel.
The United Kingdom’s controversial deal with Rwanda to relocate certain asylum seekers there—not for offshore processing for possible settlement in the United Kingdom but as a permanent destination—will have far-reaching implications, possibly destabilizing the norms and architecture of the post-World War II protection system, this commentary argues.
The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically curtailed cross-border mobility in 2020, affecting travelers and migrants around the world. This report presents a first-of-its-kind analysis of the many thousands of travel restrictions and border closures imposed by governments to curb the spread of the virus. It examines how these policies evolved, varied across countries and regions, and what these trends may mean for the future of international movement.
Ten years into Syria's conflict, Syrians remain the largest refugee population worldwide. As they face limited prospects for resettlement or safe return, how can host countries and donors promote resilience for refugees and host communities alike? This report offers examples of creative policy solutions in the areas of protection, social protection, education, livelihoods, and health care from displacement contexts in 16 countries.