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E.g., 04/13/2024
MPI Europe Staff

MPI Europe Staff

Hanne Beirens

Director, MPI Europe
[email protected] | +32 (2) 235 2272

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).

Jasmijn Slootjes

Associate Director, MPI Europe
[email protected] | +32 (2) 235 2269

Jasmijn Slootjes is an Associate Director with MPI Europe, primarily working on immigrant integration. Her research areas include migrant health, labor market integration, migrants’ access to services, integration policies, receiving-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 on 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

Associate Director, MPI Europe, and Senior Policy Analyst, MPI
[email protected] | +33 (0) 6 60 73 54 84

Camille Le Coz is an Associate Director with MPI Europe and Senior Policy Analyst with MPI, primarily working on migration and development and EU migration policies. Her research areas include refugee protection and development, climate migration, diasporas and remittances, labor migration, and return and reintegration. She has advised development agencies and multilateral development banks on how to better address associated challenges.

Ms. Le Coz represents MPI as Co-Lead of the UN Migration Working Group on Return, Readmission, and Reintegration. She also hosts a community of practice on voluntary return and sustainable reintegration with policymakers and practitioners from countries of origin and destination. She also is part of the Expert Group on Displacement at the Asian Development Bank.

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 studies for institutions such as the European Union, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and the International Organization for Migration. She has conducted research in various countries in Africa and Asia.  

She 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. 

Ravenna Sohst

Policy Analyst, MPI Europe
[email protected]
@RavennaSohst | +32 (2) 235 2114

Ravenna Sohst is a 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.

Lucía Salgado

Associate Policy Analyst, MPI Europe
[email protected] | +32 (2) 235 2268

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.

Maria Belen Zanzuchi

Associate Policy Analyst, MPI Europe
[email protected] | +32 (2) 235 2270

María Belén Zanzuchi is an Associate Policy Analyst at MPI Europe, where she conducts research on refugee protection pathways, including resettlement, community sponsorship, and complementary pathways, and migrants' integration.

Previously, she worked with the Humanitarian Corridors Initiative at the University of Notre Dame, which evaluated humanitarian corridors in Italy and assessed 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.

Bertrand Steiner

Research Assistant, MPI Europe
[email protected] | +33662598679


Bertrand Steiner is a Research Assistant at MPI Europe, focusing on areas including the European Union’s New Pact on Migration and Asylum, refugee integration, irregular migration, and return and reintegration strategies.

Before joining MPI Europe, he worked at Open Access Now in Brussels, where he focused on EU policy and advocacy for digital rights. He also worked at the French national asylum court (Cour nationale du droit d'asile, CNDA) and as a photojournalist. He also conducted conflicts of interest research for the UK-based nongovernmental organization Asylos.

Mr. Steiner has a master of public international law (cum laude) from the University of Groningen, with a focus on humanitarian law, human-rights law, and refugee law. He also holds a bachelor of law and a bachelor of modern state theory (both with distinctions) from the University of Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas.

Samla Da Rosa

[email protected] | +32 (2) 235 2113

Samla Da Rosa is the Office Manager at MPI Europe, functioning as the central point to ensure the complete and efficient exchange of information within the organization. She provides invaluable support in human resources, contributes to the financial auditing process, and oversees financial reporting, leveraging more than 20 years of experience. Before joining MPI Europe, Ms. Da Rosa was Team Coordinator at the Africa-Europe Development Diaspora Platform (ADEPT), focusing on operational services for projects related to cooperation and development between Europe and Africa. Before transitioning to the corporate realm in Brussels, where she served as a communications officer for multinational companies, Ms. Da Rosa worked as an international journalist specializing in economics and foreign trade within European institutions. In her post-journalism career, her organizational and leadership skills led her to coordinate teams, expanding her responsibilities beyond communications into market research consulting. Ms. Da Rosa holds a dual master's degree in European politics from Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and in communications and journalism from the University of São Paulo (Brazil). Additionally, she achieved a bachelor's degree in journalism from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.

Johanna Farrugia

Administrative Officer, MPI Europe
[email protected] | +32 (2) 235 2113

Johanna Farrugia is an Administrative Officer 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.