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Migration Observatory

Petros Aghababyan


Head of Asylum Issues Division of Migration Service of Armenia. 20-year work experience in the fields of migration and asylum. 10-year experience of Lecturer of International Law.

Graduate of Law Faculty at the Hrachia Acharyan University of Yerevan (1997); Migration Management Diploma, Maastricht University/United Nations University (2014); Acting Associate Professor at his alma mater; 33 publications on human rights, migration and asylum issues.


Anastacia Bobrova


Head of Department of Human development and demography, Institute of Economics, National Academy of Sciences, Minsk; Researcher in the field of practical and theoretical demography, migration process, social economic research, social and labour policy, including youth; Candidate of Economic Sciences (Demography).


Haykanush Chobanyan


Head of External Relations Division since 2010. Actively involved in different projects with various leading international stakeholders, including GTZ, OSCE, EUI and ICMPD. Research interests: return migration and reintagration, labour migration, migration policy, Diaspora and refugee studies, etc. Author of a number of research articles, policy papers, analytical materials.

Graduate of the Yerevan State Pedagogical University, Department of History; PhD candidate at the Faculty of Sociology of the Yerevan State University of Armenia. She has been working for the Migration Service of Armenia since 2000.


Danica Danica


Assistant Professor at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Geography. Strong interests in migration topics. Her research projects have focused on the Balkan migration route and migration flows in and from Serbia. She is one of the founders of Migration, Inter-Connectivity and Regional Development (MICaRD)  network, member of the Executive board of WB MIGNET, Regional Studies Association (RSA) territorial representative, World Social Science Fellow and Fellow of European Center for International Affairs (ECIA).


Zoran Drangovski

North Macedonia

President, Macedonian Young Lawyers Association (MYLA). Project coordinator, USAID Refugee and Migrants human rights protection project (till 2017). Field and logistic coordinator, “Rapid Emergency Teams for supporting migrants in the Southern Europe and Western Balkans Region” OXFAM project (till 2016). Asylum and mixed migration lawyer, “Legal aid and representation for asylum seekers in North Republic of Macedonia” UNHCR Skopje, project implemented by MYLA. Master studies of Political Science, University American College, Skopje; Bachelor of Law, University Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje.


Olga Gulina

Germany / RUSMPI

Director and founder of the RUSMPI UG-Institute on Migration Policy. Olga Gulina studied constitutional and migration law in Russia, Germany and France as well as at the Helsinki Human Rights Foundation and European Academy of Diplomacy in Poland.

She held fellowships from the German Chancellor Program of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and from the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. Olga is a member of the advocacy group of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum and author of several books and papers. Her field of expertise is European and Eurasian affairs, migration law and its enforcement.


Ivanka Hainzl

ICMPD / Anti-trafficking expert

Project officer at the ICMPD’s Anti-trafficking Programme. Over the past six years Ivanka has worked on the implementation of various projects related to capacity building in the field of combating trafficking in human beings and supporting national anti-trafficking responses. She has contributed to reports on numerous national anti-trafficking documents, ranging from referral mechanisms, to anti-trafficking strategies and action plans. Before joining ICMPD, Ivanka served as a senior expert to the Secretariat of the Bulgarian National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings. Previously, she worked as clinical social worker and psychologist at the NGO Animus Association/La Strada Bulgaria providing psycho-social support to victims of violence. Ivanka holds a M.A. in Clinical and consultative psychology and in Developmental psychology.


Natalia Husieva


PhD, Assistant Professor of the Department of Human Geography and Regional Studies (V. N. Karazin National University, Faculty of Geology, Geography, Recreation and Tourism). Previously Head of the Teaching and Research Laboratory. Engineer.

Graduate (Master of Geography) of Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National Pedagogical University where she was also Senior Lecturer till 2014.


Kateryna Ivashchenko-Stadnik


Historian and sociologist; Research fellow, Institute of Sociology, National Academy of Sciences. CEU graduate (Society and Politics, Prague 1992/1993 and Sociology, Warsaw 2000-2004); Enrolled in the external Graduate course in International Development (University of London/London School of Economics).

Conducting a range of long-term national surveys with representative samples (e.g. UKRAINIAN SOCIETY and OMNIBUS) to trace social development trends in Ukraine. Previously worked as Social Policy Advisor in UNDP (Ukraine). Extensive experience in cross-cultural mobility and migration studies; Former Ukrainian team leader and country expert within a number of international research schemes including Horizon 2020. Her recent publications include articles on societal change since the conflict in Ukraine.


Anna Krasteva


Professor of political sciences, doctor honoris causa of University Lille 3, France, founder and director of CERMES (Centre for Refugees, Migration and Ethnic Studies) at the New Bulgarian University, Department of Political Sciences. Anna Krasteva has authored and edited 29 books and published numerous articles in about twenty countries. Her main fields of research and teaching are migration policies and politics; far-right populism; civic mobilisations and citizenship. Last year she led the project “Securitization and its impact on human rights and human security”, this year she leads a project on labor migration in the Western Balkans. She takes part in two Horizon 2020 projects: “Representations of the crisis and crisis of representation” and Evaluation of the common European asylum system under pressure and recommendations for further development”. She contributed to the World Forum for Democracy (2017) with “Facts will not save from fake. Citizenship will”. She has been guest professor and lectured at numerous European universities. She is editor-in-chief of Southeastern Europe (Brill), member of the editorial boards of Nationalism and ethnic politics (Routledge), and Europeana (Shangai and Paris). She is president of the Board of ESFAM and Maison des sciences de l’homme in Dijon, member of the Board of the Diplomatic Institute and of numerous international scientific boards.


Yan Matusevich

Independent expert on migration

Migration researcher and analyst with a focus on Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He holds an MSc in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford and is currently a PhD student in anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. For two years, Yan worked as a Research officer and an Associate Policy Analyst at ICMPD. He has also worked as a Migration Governance Researcher at the Economist Intelligence Unit. Currently he continues his research in an independent capacity on a variety of migration-related topics, particularly on the issue of migrant rights. 


Natia Mestvirishvili


Researcher at ICMPD ENIGMMA-2 Analytical Unit at the SCMI Secretariat in Georgia.  PhD in Psychology from Tbilisi State University. She holds a M.Sc. in Social Research from the University of Edinburgh (UK) and an M.A. in Global Development and Social Justice from St. John’s University (US).  Before joining ICMPD/SCMI in 2016, held Senior Researcher's position at CRRC Georgia.  Teaches several courses in research design and data analysis at Tbilisi State University, Ilia State University and Caucasus University.


Irina Molodikova

Central European University

Project on Migration and Security in the Post-Soviet Space (Central European University); Member of the Scientific Council for Social Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences;, graduate of the Moscow State University (social geography department) and the European University Center for Peace Studies (Austria); expert of the Research Council of CIS countries and Baltic States on forced migration;  former director of the Migration study program RESET, Open Society Institute (2003-2007); former supervisor of the Caucasus Initiative of Open Society Institute (Budapest); author and editor of numerous books, articles and reports.


Valeriu Mosneaga


Professor at the Faculty of International Relations, Political and Administrative Sciences, Moldova State University and at the St. Cyril & Methodius University in Trnava. Research interest: International migration, Migration in Moldova; Transitional societies and political modernism. Numerous awards, grants and publications.

Doctor Habilitat (Dr.Sc.), Political Science; Ph.D. Philosophy, Moscow State University; M.A. Cum Laude, Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, Moscow State University.


Andriy Orlean


Head of the program “Human Rights at the Pre-Trial Stage of Criminal Proceedings" of the NGO “Expert Center for Human Rights” since 2017. Andriy holds a Master degree, PhD and Doctors Degree in Law. Since 2000, he has worked as an expert in various projects dealing with human trafficking that were organized by IOM, OSCE, ILO, American Bar Association or La Strada – Ukraine. Within these projects, he analyzed the compliance of the Ukrainian human trafficking legislation to the international one; drafted laws on counteraction to human trafficking; designed recommendations on investigation of human trafficking as well as procedural control over investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases; designed and conducted trainings and tutorials on human trafficking. His research interests further include human rights and criminal justice, public prosecution and approximation of Ukrainian legislation to EU law. He is an author of several publications, scientific monographs and manuals


Nermin Oruc

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Director, Centre for Development Evaluation and Social Science Research. Senior Research Fellow at Impaq International (till 2016). Assistant Professor at the International University of Sarajevo (till 2015).

MSc and PhD in Economics, Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent. PhD thesis: Economic consequences of Ethnic Cleansing: Evidence from Bosnia-Herzegovina. Specific Expertise: Econometrics, Industrial Organization, Personnel Economics, Financial Reporting.


Dmitry Poletaev


Director of Regional Public Organization Migration Research Center”. Laboratory of Migration, Institute of Economic Forecasting of Russian Academy of Sciences.

Ph.D., Cand. Sci.  (Econ). Graduated from the Moscow State Institute of Economics and Statistic (МESI).  Migration expert. Author of over 100 publications in the field of migration. Initiator of creation of the Museum of the history of migration in Moscow.


Yelena Sadovskaya


International consultant on migration and migration policies in Kazakhstan and Central Asia based in Almaty. Expert of the Research Council on CIS Migration Studies under the Center for Migration Studies of the Institute for Economic Forecasting of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow). Her research interests include labor, irregular, Chinese migration; mobility and labor market; remittances and development; migrant workers’ rights, migration governance; civil society, early warning and conflict prevention, etc. 

Produced analytical reports for IOM, ILO, UNFPA, World Bank, European Commission, OSCE, MacArthur Foundation, British Council, Eurasian Foundation, and other international organizations and governmental bodies in Kazakhstan. Fulbright Scholar, RSEP scholar, MacArthur fellow; Winner of EU-USA 1998 "Democracy and Civil Society" Award (1998).


Kristof Tamas


Director  of the Migration Studies Delegation based in Stockholm. Since early 2014, this independent Commission focuses on policy research, analysis and advice in the area of migration, labour markets, integration and development. In 2012-2013, Kristof was a Senior Policy Adviser at the Secretariat for the Swedish Chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development, based at the Swedish Government Offices. He was a Seconded National Expert for Sweden in the European Commission, Directorates-General for Justice, Freedom and Security and Home Affairs, based in Brussels (2007-2011). From 2003 to 2007, he worked as an independent research consultant based at the Institute for Futures Studies in Stockholm, with consultancies for inter alia the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the European Commission, IOM and the World Bank. Between 1997 and 2003, he was a Special Adviser and then Deputy Director in the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Kristof Tamas has more than 20 years of expertise and work concerning migration policy development; migration and development; labour migration, circular migration, new forms of mobility and labour markets; the enlargements and external relations of the European Union, bilateral and multilateral cooperation; and regional and global governance of migration.


Zlatko Zigic

Independent International Affairs Advisor

Experienced independent international affairs advisor. Zlatko holds a Degree in Economics and a MA in Management from the University of Zagreb. He acquired more than 25 years of progressive working experience in developing and managing a full spectrum of migration management and migration governance programmes - from border management and curbing irregular migration to return, readmission and resettlement. He also managed programmes aimed at international protection and combatting trafficking in human beings and related forms of exploitation, as well as labour migration programmes and Migration and Development programmes.

For five years, Zlatko served as the Chief of IOM Mission and Director of Bureau of IOM in the Russian Federation. He spent 10 years at various senior management positions in Central Asia (e.g. Regional Coordinator for IOM in Central Asia, Chief of Mission in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Representative for Uzbekistan). In the early 2000s, he served as Regional Resource Manager and Regional Coordinator for Programme Development for IOM in Southeast Asia and Pacific Region.  Zlatko managed numerous large-scale humanitarian operations, such as Return and Reintegration of Refugees in Sierra Leone, and East Timor; Resettlement of Hmong people refugees from Cambodia to USA. He also managed an operation of return and reintegration of internally displaced persons in 1997 in Tajikistan, as a part of peace accords process signed on June 27, 1997. He began his career in UN in 1993 during the dissolution of former Yugoslavia. During these years, he held management positions in Yugoslavia Emergency Programme, Family Reunion Programme, and worked as a Coordinator for Medical Evacuations of Refugees from Bosnia and Herzegovina to the third countries.