IZA Fellow Don J. DeVoretz passed away on March 14, 2020. He was among the most active members of our network and a prominent figure in the field of the economics of international migration.
Recently he submitted his last IZA Policy Paper, on issues of Canadian immigration policy. Don contributed numerous insightful papers that illustrated the policy relevance of migration economics. His core interest was the economics of integration and citizenship. He was an untiring ambassador for liberal citizenship legislation and policy incentives to achieve language acquisition.
IZA’s network program area on migration and labor mobility benefited from his thoughtful, novel ideas; and many IZA researchers will remember him for his warm-hearted advice and cooperation during his many stays in Bonn. Given recent international trends toward populism, intolerance and walling-off of immigrants, his quiet but powerful voice will be greatly missed.