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Migration and development scholar applying qualitative methodologies to the study of vulnerable migrants’ lived experience and immigration policy design and management in the Caribbean context

Migration and development scholar applying qualitative methodologies to the study of vulnerable migrants’ lived experience and immigration policy design and management in the Caribbean context.
• Chair, Migration and Development Research Cluster
• Lecturer/Course Coordinator, Small States’ Development: Challenges and Opportunities, a core course for the MSc in Development Studies
• Participant, National Working Group on International Migration and Development, coordinated by the Planning Institute of Jamaica

Research Interests
• Geographies of the border
• Intra- and  inter-regional migration within the Caribbean
• Managed migration
• Vulnerable migrant experiences

Current Projects
• An Analysis of Forced migration in the Caribbean Basin: The case of Venezuelan migration to the Dutch and Anglophone Caribbean
• Assessing Sovereign and Non-Sovereign Small Island Developing States’ Capacity to Respond to Internally Displaced Populations: The Case of the Anglophone Caribbean

Publications
• “A failure to comply? Explaining dissonance between regional and national migration policy in CARICOM using the case of Barbados.” In Caribbean Integration: Uncertainty in a time of Global Fragmentation, edited by Patsy Lewis, Terri-Ann Gilbert-Roberts and Jessica Byron, Kingston: UWI Press (under review)
• “The Venezuela-Trinidad migration corridor.” In Routledge Handbook of Migration and Development, edited by Ronald Skeldon and Tanja Bastia, London: Routledge (2019) 
• “Undocumented migration in Barbados: A narrative-discourse approach.” SAGE Research Methods Cases (2014)
• Review They Never Come Back: A Story of Undocumented Workers from Mexico, by Frans J. Schryer, 2014. ERLACS. 2015 (98), pp. 137–139
• “Off the watch list?: Reviewing Jamaica’s progress in human trafficking fight.” Jamaica Gleaner, June 30, 2013
• “In defence of Barbados?” Jamaica Gleaner, October 13, 2013

Migration and Development Cluster
• The Migration and Development Cluster was established in 2018
• The Cluster is an inter-disciplinary group advancing knowledge of contemporary migration issues in the Caribbean and is constituted by academics and stakeholders in the public and private sectors
• Since its establishment, the Cluster has undertaken activities to enhance public awareness of topical migration-related issues

March 16, 2018
Screening of the film Bad Lucky Goat and Panel Discussion on the cultural legacies of West Indian migration to the Hispanic Caribbean in collaboration with The Faculty of Humanities and Education

April 25, 2018
Special Panel on Contemporary issues in Caribbean migration 19th Annual SALISES Conference

June 5, 2018
In the wake of the Windrush Scandal and Trump immigration policy changes a panel discussion Examining state responses to the Caribbean migrant

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Researcher Spotlight schedule for September - October 2018
http://www.uwi.edu/salises/pdf/Researcher-Spotlight-Dr-Dietrich-Jones.pdf