The Journeys Project

MigrantsDigital Financial Services


The Journeys Project is a research project out of The Fletcher School at Tufts University. The Journeys team has been doing research since 2017 to better understand the financial journeys of migrants and refugees, looking at the financial obstacles they face and the coping strategies they employ before, during, and after their journeys.

Our research examines what kind of planning goes into the decision to leave home, if any at all is possible, how people finance their passage and who they engage with along the way, and how migrants and refugees pursue the process of rebuilding their livelihoods once they reach their final destination. 

The Journeys team has conducted hundreds of interviews with migrants and refugees around the world like in Uganda, Kenya, Jordan, Greece, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Mexico, and in the United States.


  • Kim Wilson, Senior Lecturer, Lead Researcher for The Journeys Project, The Fletcher School, Tufts University  
  • Katrina Burgess, Director, Henry J. Leir Institute, Associate Professor of Political Economy  
  • Karen Jacobsen, Henry J. Leir Professor in Global Migration, The Fletcher School, Tufts University  
  • Roxani Krystalli, Visiting Fellow, Feinstein International Center at Tufts University, Lecturer (Assistant Professor), University of St Andrews  
  • Swati Mehta, Research Associate, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt  
  • Hans-Martin Zademach, Professor of Economic Geography, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt  
  • Julie Zollmann, PhD candidate, The Fletcher School, Tufts University