Timo Schmidt was a Research Assistant with MPI Europe, where he focused on European policies related to asylum, labor migration, returns, and refugee resettlement.
He also worked as a Director and Coproducer of a transmedia project on migration in Europe. Prior to joining MPI Europe, Mr. Schmidt was a Research Associate in Jerusalem with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Program of Assistance to the Palestinian People. Previously, he served as a mentor for refugee children in Jordan and Lebanon, as well as a student consultant on refugee labor market integration at Leiden University.
Mr. Schmidt holds a master’s of science in migration studies, with distinction, from the University of Oxford, where he specialized in EU migration policy and the economics of migration. He received an honors bachelor’s degree in international studies, cum laude, from Leiden University, where he focused on Middle Eastern studies. He also spent a semester at the Netherlands Institute Morocco in Rabat, completing research on migrant integration and intensive Arabic language courses.
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.
Billions of dollars are being spent on projects to help communities mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change, including those at risk of being displaced by environmental events. This episode of our Changing Climate, Changing Migration podcast features Timo Schmidt, from MPI Europe, in a discussion about the growing field of climate finance and its implications for migration management and displacement prevention.