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Senior Policy Analyst, MPI Europe
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.
Swedish asylum policy has taken a restrictionist turn since the country received a record-breaking number of asylum seekers in 2015 and after electoral gains by the nationalist, anti-immigration Sweden Democrats pushed the governing coalition to a harder line. Still, other aspects of the country’s migration policy remain welcoming, as this country profile explores.