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Associate Policy Analyst, MPI Europe
Lucía Salgado is an Associate Policy Analyst at MPI Europe, where she focuses on European policies related to migrant integration and return.
Prior to joining MPI Europe, Ms. Salgado worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), first at the UNHCR Representation to EU Affairs in Brussels and later at its Liaison Office to the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) in Malta. Previously, she worked as a Blue Book Trainee at the Directorate General for Migration and Home Affairs within the European Commission, where she focused on return and irregular migration policies. She has also worked at the Consulate General of Spain in Melbourne and interned with the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she assisted with asylum-related matters.
Ms. Salgado holds a master’s degree in international relations, with distinction, from King’s College London, where she specialized in EU migration policy. She also holds bachelor’s degrees in sociology and political science from University Carlos III of Madrid.
As assisted voluntary return and reintegration (AVRR) programs proliferate in Europe, there is growing recognition that counseling migrants as they prepare to return to their countries of origin can play an important role in their longer-term reintegration. This policy brief assesses the gaps between counselors in Europe and organizations supporting migrants after return that will need to be overcome to maximize the benefits of predeparture counseling.
European cities are becoming ever more diverse. Yet migrants and minorities are often under-represented among mainstream cultural venues’ visitors, featured artists, and staff. This MPI Europe report examines strategies for improving the inclusion of migrant and minority communities in culture and the arts, with the aim of boosting integration outcomes, strengthening social cohesion, and making cultural institutions more vibrant.
The European push to increase migrant returns has led to new investments in assisted voluntary return and reintegration (AVRR) programs. Yet it is hard to tell whether these investments are paying off. This report explores what is and is not known about returnee reintegration, and how improved monitoring and evaluation would help bridge knowledge gaps and inform future decisions about programming, funding, and strategy.