Laura Cleton is a postdoctoral researcher in return migration governance in Europe. At UNU-MERIT, she investigates the involvement of diaspora in capacity building and development through temporary return programs, facilitated by the International Organization for Migration. She investigates whether and how such programs enable the transfer of skills and knowledge to diaspora members’ countries of nationality. It not only questions what this process looks like and what (enduring) effects it has,...


Migration processes
Migration consequences (for migrants, sending and receiving countries)
Migration governance
Cross-cutting topics in migration research


  • UNU-MERIT & Maastricht University

    University, Maastricht, Netherlands
    Postdoctoral Researcher

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