Rezart Hoxhaj

MPC Associate
Rezart Hoxhaj is a research fellow at the Migration Policy Centre. He is an economist whose topics of interest are development economics and international factor mobility, in particular migration and FDI. His current research in the migration domain explores immigrants’ expectations, skilled immigration and integration/assimilation in terms of education at destination. Before joining the MPC, Rezart Hoxhaj was a lecturer at the University “Ismail Qemali” of Vlore (Albania) and a CERGE-EI fellow. He was awarded a joint PhD by the University of Bari “Aldo Moro” (Italy) and the University of Lille 1 (France) with the thesis “Essays on international migration”. He has participated in various research projects including: “Migro – Village: from the ghetto to integration” leaded by the University of Bari “Aldo Moro” and the Puglia Region aimed at analysing the formation of ghettos of immigrants working in agriculture in the Puglia Region. “A study of the communication channels used by migrants and asylum seekers in Italy, with a particular focus on online and social media” commissioned by DG Home.

Research topics: International factor mobility (Migration), Development economics, Integration/assimilation of immigrants
Geographic areas: All areas
Refereed journal articles
  • Coniglio, N.D., R. Hoxhaj, A. Seric (2017). “The demand of foreign workers by foreign firms: evidence from Africa”, Review of World Economics, Volume 53 (2), 353-384.
  • Hoxhaj, R., L. Marchal, A. Seric (2016). “FDI and migration of skilled workers toward developing countries: firm-level firm-level evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa”, Journal of African Economies,Volume 25 (2), pp. 201-232.
  • Hoxhaj, R. (2015). “Wage expectations of Illegal immigrants: The role of networks and previous migration experience”, International Economics, Volume 142, pp. 136-151.
  • Hoxhaj, R. (2010). “Regulation and Supervision of Microfinance In Albania”, Business and Economic Horizons, Volume 2 (2), pp. 75-81.

  • Policy reports
  • Achilli, L., R. Hoxhaj, S. Kalantaryan, A. Geddes, S. Nardin, G. Sanchez (2018). “A study of the communication channels used by migrants and asylum seekers in Italy, with particular focus on online and social media”. (Forthcoming).
  • Lucke, M., E. Ademmer, M. Akgüç, M. Barslund, A. Di Bartolomeo, D. Benček, D. Groll, R. Hoxhaj, M. Lanati, N. Laurentsyeva, L. Ludolph, A. Rahim, R. Thiele, C. Schneiderheinze, T. Stöhr, A. Venturini . (2017). “MEDAM Assessment Report on Asylum and Migration Policies in Europe Sharing responsibility for refugees and expanding legal Immigration”, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).

  • Blogs
  • Gender, origin and destination: new evidence on migrants’ integration in the EU, MPC Blog, 13 June 2017.
  • Do immigrants overestimate wages abroad? New research evidence, MPC Blog, 20 April 2017.

  • Working papers
  • Hoxhaj, R, Vink, M.P., Prokic-Breuer, T. (2019) "Immigrant naturalisation, employment and occupational status in western Europe"RSCAS Working Paper, European University Institute.
  • Hoxhaj, R, Zuccotti, C. V. (2019) "How are attitudes towards immigrants in Europe shaped by regional contexts? A study of the conditioning relationship between immigrants' concentration and socioeconomic environment"RSCAS Working Paper, European University Institute.
  • Hoxhaj, R. and N. Coniglio (2018). “Global interactions and the ‘twin’ gender gaps in employment and wages: evidence from Vietnam”, RSCAS Working Paper, European University Institute.