Visiting Research Scholar, Duke University Center for International and Global Studies
Dr. Plewa specializes in international labor migration. He taught the subject as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Delaware and has published in academic journals including International Migration, Journal of Comparative Population Studies, and the Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration.
Most recently, Dr. Plewa authored Migration in the Maldives, the first comprehensive study of migration to the Maldives (forthcoming). The study was commissioned by International Organization for Migration and Maldivian Ministry of Economic Development as a part of a broader effort to enhance the Maldivian government’s ability to collect migration data and develop evidence-based labor migration policies.
Prior to his work in the Maldives, Dr. Plewa gained extensive experience in migration policy research through his work for the World Bank, International Labor Organization (ILO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), and Poland’s Ministry of Labor. Among others, he estimated migration costs of migrant workers from several countries in Latin America, Africa and Europe to Spain, as a part of a broader World Bank – ILO effort to approximate and reduce migration costs incurred by migrant workers. The United Nations has recently recognized the reduction of migration costs as a part of Sustainable Development Goal to reduce inequality within and among countries.