Maria Daniela Anda Leon

Maria Daniela Anda Leon
Designation: Research Associate
Daniela provides research support to produce systematic reviews, rapid reviews, reviews of reviews, and evidence gap maps on the effectiveness of social and economic interventions in low- and middle-income countries. Her research projects are in the domain of agriculture, education, financial sector and social protection.

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What works for addressing root cause and drivers of irregular migration? There are few answers to pressing policy questions.

Mass irregular migration is a pressing global issue, especially for low- and middle-income countries. In 2018, there were over 100 million irregular migrants estimated worldwide (Yayboke and Gallego 2019) and the number continues to increase as more individuals seek better lives, conditions, or livelihoods, or escape from violence, persecution, or repression.

Mapping the evidence to understand what works for addressing root causes and drivers of irregular migration

Nearly every week, people lose their lives as they try to migrate for survival or in search of better opportunities. Even as recently as when this post was written, four boats sank during their journey from Tunisia to Italy. Since 2014, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates, 53,792 people have died or gone missing while migrating internationally using irregular pathways.