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Research Assistant, MPI Europe
Lena Kainz is a Research Assistant with MPI Europe, where she focuses on unaccompanied minors, refugee resettlement, and global mobility governance.
Prior to joining MPI Europe, Ms. Kainz completed internships in Amman with the UN Development Program’s Sub Regional Response Facility to the Syrian Crisis, in Rabat with the Heinrich Böll Foundation, and with the German Bundestag. She also worked as a mentor for unaccompanied minors in Malmö and as a student employee at Humboldt University Berlin.
Ms. Kainz has authored works on a range of refugee and migration-related topics, and has been published in outlets including Open Democracy, NORDEUROPAforum, Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Centre Working Paper Series, and Border Criminologies.
Ms. Kainz holds a master’s degree in refugee and forced migration studies, with distinction, from the University of Oxford, where she specialized in protection gaps and global refugee and migration governance. She received a bachelor’s degree in Scandinavian studies and political science, magna cum laude, from Humboldt University Berlin. She also spent a year studying at the University of Malmö as well as the University of Gothenburg, and completed intensive language courses in Arabic and Persian.