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Associate Policy Analyst, MPI Europe
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, Dr. 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.
Dr. Sohst holds a PhD from the University of Luxembourg; her dissertation explored the social impacts of immigration and future outlooks in the European Union. 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.
Although European programs to support returning migrants’ reintegration into the communities where they settle have expanded and improved in recent years, returning—at times after years away—is never easy. This policy brief looks at how reintegration programs can adapt the assistance they provide to the local context and connect returnees with longer-term support through referrals, and what it takes to make these referrals successful.