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Research project led by Dr Hoxhaj on Albanian migrants awarded UCL Public Policy grant

14 February 2023

Dr Hoxhaj’s research project on Albanian migrants in the UK has been awarded a grant under UCL Public Policy’s Rapid Response Policy Advisory Scheme funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Andi Hoxhaj

A research project led by Dr Andi Hoxhaj (Lecturer (Teaching) in Law at UCL Laws) has received two grants from UCL Public Policy.  

The first grant of £10,000 was awarded as part of a scheme of expert engagement grants to enable the development and delivery of urgent short-term policy work in response to policy demand. He received the additional grant of £55,000 for the UCL Public Policy Expert Engagement Award, funded by Research England's QR Special Priorities Fund to develop public engagement related to this project.  

These grants will allow Dr Hoxhaj to continue his research engagement activities on the Western Balkans, with a particular focus on Albania. In recent months, Dr Hoxhaj has spoken to various media about the reasons for Albanian migration to the UK, the role of organised crime networks and the socio-legal conditions in Albania – including the ExpressITV NewsFinancial TimesThe Times and The Guardian. In December 2022, he appeared before the Home Affairs Committee to give evidence on the increase in channel crossings by Albanian nationals and spoke to various media about Home Affairs Committee's inquiry – including BBC NewsSky News, and BBC Radio 4.

Dr Hoxhaj commented: 

"I am delighted to have received the grants and am grateful to UCL Public Policy and the Arts and Humanities Research Council for their support. Albania is understudied in UK public policy and academic scholarship, and I hope that this project will help to better understand some of the major policy challenges identified in December 2022 in the UK-Albania Joint Communique: Enhancing Bilateral Cooperation in Areas of Common Interest

“Throughout this project, I will engage in knowledge exchange with several policymakers in Whitehall and parliamentarians in Westminster on issues such as justice and home affairs, economics and trade, youth, and education, allowing us to address the policy challenges outlined in the UK-Albania Communique. 

"I hope that the knowledge exchange of this project will enable a better understanding of some of the underlying issues related to the rise of migration from Albania to the UK and that my research will contribute to the development of long-term and sustainable policy solutions to migration problems, as well as to the wider policy challenges of the UK's foreign policy towards the Western Balkans." 

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