Joep Schaper is a PhD Candidate in the research group Political Economy and Transnational Governance (PETGOV) in the Department of Political Science of the University of Amsterdam. His PhD project ‘Causes of Immigration Policy Restrictiveness’ addresses the question what causes countries to open or close their borders to different kinds of immigrant groups. The project focuses on possible structural social economic drivers (e.g. GDP, employment, welfare spending), and cultural explanations (e.g. public opinion, news media, political debate) to explain countries’ openness to immigration.
As a member of the International Migration Policy And Law Analysis database project (IMPALA) Joep contributes to the making of a new measure of immigration policy restrictiveness comparable across countries and time. Joep studied political science at the University of Amsterdam and graduated in 2010. Before the start of his PhD project he worked for ‘De Nederlandse Nieuwsmonitor’; an institute researching the role of news media in Dutch politics and society. As an ACCESS EUROPE PhD Candidate, Joep is affiliated to the ACCESS EUROPE network.