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Migration – Richard Black


We need compromise between polarised positions that seek to classify migration as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ – or between positions that see migrants as ‘deserving’ or ‘undeserving’.

Professor Richard Black – Director, Sussex Centre for Migration Research

Richard is Head of the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex, Co-Director of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research, and Director of the Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty. His work focuses on the study of international migration, including forced migration and post-conflict return, and related social and economic transformations.

He is presently researching and writing on the development of public policy on migration and development, especially in poor countries, and on immigrant integration in the UK, particularly relating to recent East European and African migrations. Richard is also co-editor of the Journal of Refugee Studies, the leading international interdisciplinary journal in refugee studies, is currently serving on the Advisory Board of the Civil Society Days for the Global Forum on Migration and Development in Athens and is an advisor to the Global Development Network project ‘Development on the Move’.

Richard completed his undergraduate degree in Geography in 1986, his PhD in 1990 and came to Sussex in 1995 from King’s College London. He has worked as a consultant for a number of international organisations including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the European Training Foundation.

Read Richard’s views on the Future of Migration

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