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Senior Policy Analyst, MPI Europe
Monica Andriescu is a Senior Policy Analyst at MPI Europe. Her areas of expertise are immigrant integration and social mobility across the life cycle.
Prior to joining MPI Europe, Dr. Andriescu held senior consulting positions with Ecorys and Ipsos MORI in the United Kingdom, where she managed large studies and evaluations for the European Commission and national government departments, with a focus on mobility within the European Union, employment, and education policies. Previously, she worked for several years in academic and national government sectors, focusing on the integration of labor migrants, refugees, and national minorities at the national and local level in the European Union.
Dr. Andriescu received her PhD from Humboldt University in 2016, where her research focused on the policy and behavioral determinants of highly skilled immigrants’ labour market trajectories in Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. She also holds a master’s degree in ethnic studies from Central European University, a master’s degree in comparative politics from the University of Bucharest, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Bucharest.
The COVID-19 pandemic hit just weeks after the United Kingdom formally left the European Union, delaying plans to implement the withdrawal agreement’s provisions on citizens’ rights. This policy brief assesses the progress countries have made in setting up systems to adjust the status of mobile EU and UK nationals, as well as steps countries can take to make up for lost time.
Border closures and lockdowns amid the COVID-19 pandemic have put a chill on intra-EU labor mobility, most immediately with the difficulty for European farmers to gain access to much-needed seasonal workers and for health-care institutions to get care workers. This article explores how these workers, who often face difficult situations, may be more vulnerable now. It also takes on implications for intra-EU labor mobility post-pandemic.