MPI Europe Staff
Hanne Beirens is Director of Migration Policy Institute Europe. She specializes in European Union policies related to asylum and migration, human trafficking, labor migration, and youth.
Prior to joining MPI, Dr. Beirens worked as a Lead Managing Consultant for ICF Consulting, where she focused on impact assessments, feasibility studies, and evaluations for the European Commission, with a particular focus on EU asylum and migration policy, as well as developing products within the European Migration Network (EMN), including pan-European studies and the EMN annual report. Topics covered include reception facilities for asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, and non-EU harmonized protection statuses.
Earlier, Dr. Beirens worked as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Applied Social Studies of the University of Birmingham, evaluating services, organizations, and community-based initiatives pursuing the integration of asylum seekers, refugees, and third-country nationals. She also has worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and as an independent consultant for the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO).
She holds a master's degree in race and ethnic relations (with distinction) and a PhD in sociology and ethnic relations on the participation of minors in armed conflict, both from the University of Warwick (UK).
Meghan Benton is Director of Research for MPI Europe as well as MPI's International Program. Her areas of expertise are immigrant integration (especially labor-market integration and integration at the local level) and the role of technological and social innovation in immigration and integration policy. She also has an interest in labor migration and mobility; she has written extensively on Brexit and free movement, as well as on how labor market disruption affects immigration and integration. She convenes MPI Europe’s Integration Futures Working Group, which seeks to develop a forward-looking agenda for integration policy in Europe.
Dr. Benton previously was a Senior Researcher at Nesta, the United Kingdom’s innovation body, where she led projects on digital government and the future of local public services. Prior to joining Nesta, she was a Policy Analyst at MPI from 2012-15, where she co-led an MPI-International Labor Organization six-country project on pathways to skilled work for newly arrived immigrants in Europe. She also worked on Project UPSTREAM, a four-country project on mainstreaming immigrant integration in the European Union. Previously, she worked for the Constitution Unit at University College London and the Institute for Public Policy Research.
Dr. Benton received her PhD in political science from University College London in 2010, where her PhD research focused on citizenship and the rights of noncitizens. She also holds a master’s degree in legal and political theory (with distinction) from University College London, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and literature from Warwick University.
Jasmijn Slootjes is a Senior Policy Analyst at MPI Europe, primarily working on migrant integration. Her research areas include migrant health, labor market integration, migrants’ access to services, integration policies, host-society responses to migration, and the use of innovative research methods to study migration.
Before joining MPI Europe, Dr. Slootjes was Executive Director of the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI) at the University of California, Berkeley. In this role, she worked on geospatial inequality in migrants’ access to health, legal, and refugee services by leading a multistate data-collection project and the development of an interactive mapping tool. She also worked on access to migrant services in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, spearheaded BIMI’s policy brief series, and organized the Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods. Before joining BIMI, she completed her PhD research about how migrants overcome health problems as obstacles to labor market integration. One of the emerging articles, focusing on the impact of workfare volunteering on migrant labor market integration, won the best publication of the year award in the International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. During her PhD, she was the coordinator of the Migration Diversity Centre and a Pat Cox Fellow at the Migration Policy Group. Previously, she studied the impact of budget cuts on integration courses and migrant language attainment at the Municipality of Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Dr. Slootjes holds a PhD in sociology (migration studies) from VU University Amsterdam, a master of science in migration studies from Utrecht University (cum laude), and a BA in political science and international relations (cum laude) from Utrecht University.
Camille Le Coz
Camille Le Coz is a Senior Policy Analyst at MPI Europe and MPI, where she primarily works on EU migration issues. Her research areas include EU policies on asylum, resettlement, legal migration, and integration.
Ms. Le Coz came to MPI Europe from Altai Consulting, a research and consulting organization, where she was a Project Director responsible for the migration practice. She was based in Kenya and Afghanistan, where she managed various research projects for institutions such as the European Union, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and the International Organization for Migration. At Altai, she researched trafficking and smuggling, protection issues along migratory routes, as well as return and reintegration projects. She has conducted fieldwork in countries including Senegal, The Gambia, Niger, Libya, Morocco, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, and Afghanistan.
Ms. Le Coz holds a dual master’s degree in international relations from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Sciences Po Paris.
Senior Policy Analyst, MPI Europe
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Admir Skodo is a Senior Policy Analyst at MPI Europe, primarily working on EU asylum and refugee policies. He is focused in particular on policy responses to and public perceptions of refugee crises, border-control measures, the externalization of asylum processing, and root causes of forced migration.
Before joining MPI Europe, Dr. Skodo worked on forced migration issues in multiple capacities. He was a consultant for immigration attorneys, including researching country-of-origin information in asylum cases based on a training program that he developed and taught to asylum officers in the Swedish Migration Agency. He was also a researcher at Lund University, where he developed a project using the situation of Afghan refugees and asylum seekers in Europe and the United States to illustrate broader historical and contemporary dynamics between asylum, refugee, and foreign policies. Dr. Skodo has developed and taught courses on migration at Stanford University, Lund University, and the University of California, Berkeley. Finally, prior to joining MPI Europe, he was an analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), working on policy issues around public participation in the CPUC’s decision-making processes.
Dr. Skodo holds a PhD in history from the European University Institute.
Operations Manager, MPI Europe
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Katarzyna Czyż is Operations Manager at MPI Europe, where she focuses on grants management and event organization, as well as administrative support for the Brussels-based organization.
Prior to joining MPI Europe, Ms. Czyż managed international projects for various organizations in areas such as education, development cooperation, and cross-border succession. Her experience included working for Brussels-based associations, where she was mainly responsible for managing EU grants and providing general administrative support. Before moving to Belgium, Ms. Czyż was International Program Manager at a Polish development organization. For several years, she also worked for the UNESCO Initiatives Center, where she was responsible for the development and coordination of educational projects.
Ms. Czyż has a joint master’s degree in intercultural mediations from the universities of Lille 3 and KU Leuven, as well as a bachelor's degree in journalism and communications from the University of Wroclaw.
Associate Policy Analyst, MPI Europe
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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.
Ravenna Sohst is an Associate Policy Analyst at MPI Europe, where she conducts research and policy analysis on European migration, including on asylum, resettlement, integration, and the links between development and migration.
Prior to joining MPI Europe, Ms. Sohst worked with the International Organization for Migration’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (IOM GMDAC) on migration forecasts and scenarios. She also worked at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on studies relating to immigrant integration and the social mobility of immigrants and their children. She has provided consultancy services to several organizations, including on labor migration and preparedness.
Ms. Sohst is finalizing her PhD at the University of Luxembourg. She holds a MSc from the United Nations MERIT University/Maastricht University in public policy, with a specialization in social protection, and a BA in political science from the University of Freiburg and the Institut d’Études Politiques d’Aix-en-Provence.
Maria Belen Zanzuchi
Research Assistant, MPI Europe
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Maria Belen Zanzuchi is a Research Assistant at MPI Europe, where she focuses on refugee policies, including complementary pathways to resettlement and durable solutions for refugee settlement and integration.
Previously, she worked with the Humanitarian Corridors Initiative at the University of Notre Dame, which examines humanitarian corridors in Italy and assesses whether these programs could serve as a model for migrant integration elsewhere in Europe. Ms. Zanzuchi also worked as an Economic Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce of Argentina, focusing on issues related to anti-trust policies, trade agreements and sectorial policies, and coordinating with private and public stakeholders.
Ms. Zanzuchi has a master’s degree in sustainable development from the University of Notre Dame, with a focus on refugee and migrant studies, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires.
Office Assistant, MPI Europe
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Johanna Farrugia is an Office Assistant at MPI Europe, where she supports the team with various administrative tasks, from HR to general office organization. She comes to MPI Europe with extensive experience in administration and as an executive assistant, having worked in sectors including lobbying, public affairs, and motor insurance.