About the Journeys Project

This site features the long distance journeys of dispossessed people, refugees and migrants who have traveled far to escape persecution and grinding poverty. We examine their stories though a financial lens to better understand the costs and strategies involved in their journeys as well as the economic approaches they use to put down roots in a new place.

The Journeys Project is an initiative of the Henry J. Leir Institute at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Donors and Sponsors

The Long-Distance Journeys publications received support (in alphabetical order) from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, CRS Greece, the Costa Rica Mission for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Danish Refugee Council Turkey, Dirección de Migración y Extranjería de Costa Rica, GiZ Jordan, Mercy Corps, The Hitachi Center for Technology and International Affairs, The International Organization for Migration (IOM), The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University. We give special thanks to Catholic Relief Services and The Hitachi Center for International Affairs for being our “first in” sponsors.

The Putting Down Roots publications received support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the International Rescue Committee, Catholic University (KU) Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Metlife Foundation and the Open Society Foundation.

Lead Researchers

Kim Wilson

Kimberley Wilson


Kim Wilson is a Senior Lecturer at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. She is also a Senior Fellow for the Henry J. Leir Institute at Fletcher, and a Senior Fellow for the Council on Emerging Market Enterprises, also at Fletcher. For the past year she has served as a Board Member of the Hitachi Center for Technology and International Affairs at Fletcher. Additionally, she has been a board member for SEEP and an advisory board member for the Center for Financial Inclusion and Trickle Up.

Roxani Krystalli

Roxani Krysttalli


Roxani Krystalli is a Program Manager at the Feinstein International Center in Boston, MA. She is a humanitarian practitioner and researcher who works on issues of gender, war, and peace-building. Roxani is particularly interested in the ethics of storytelling about violence. She has spent a decade focusing on understanding people’s experiences of violence and justice in the aftermath of armed conflict, including working with former combatants, refugees, victims and survivors of violence throughout Latin America, the Mediterranean, and East Africa. For her work, Roxani has been recognized with the Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. She has also been recognized as a United States Institute of Peace ‘Peace Scholar’, a Social Science Research Council Fellow, a Henry J. Leir Institute Fellow, and a recipient of a National Science Foundation research grant. Her work has appeared or been cited in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Disasters, The International Feminist Journal of Politics, Open Democracy, and on numerous blogs and podcasts, including on her own blog, Stories of Conflict and Love. She holds a BA from Harvard University, an MA from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and she is currently completing a PhD at The Fletcher School.

Julie Zollmann


Julie Zollmann is a researcher and PhD candidate at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. Her work uses the lens of money to understand the ways ordinary people navigate the many dimensions of their lives. She’s led a number of extensive research projects, including the Kenya Financial Diaries project from 2012-2016.


Qiamuddin Amiry
Paula Armstrong
Jeffrey Ashe
Kenza Ben Azouz
Padmini Baruah
Charlie Bentley
Mohamed Nabil Bennaidja
Madison Chapman
Mattea Cumoletti
Lea Abi Zeid Daou
Aastha Dua
Lindsay Gardel
Hila Hanif
Allyson Hawkins
Roksana Jahan
Heather Kunin
Anne E. Moses
Subin Mulmi
María Teresa Nagel
Nidhisha Philip
Lillie Ris
Roza Safarova
Conor Sánchez
Rabab Talal

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