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Eleonora Milazzo
Research Fellow
Dr. Eleonora Milazzo is Joint Research Fellow at the Egmont Institute and the European Policy Centre. Her current work focuses on the policy nexus between migration, climate change, and security.

Eleonora has held research positions at the Migration Policy Centre in Fiesole, the Refugee Studies Centre in Oxford, and Carnegie Europe in Brussels. Before turning to migration and asylum in the EU, she gained expertise in the area of climate change governance and EU-Russia relations at the Ecologic Institute in Berlin and the Russian International Affairs Council in Moscow.

She holds a PhD in Political Science from the European University Institute (2021) and was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at King’s College London (2021-2022). As part of her academic work, Eleonora focused on offering a normative account of the ethics of refugee protection in the EU. She has published in international academic journals on this topic and her book Refugee Protection and Solidarity. The Duties of EU Member States is due for publication with Oxford University Press in Spring 2023.

Eleonora advises UN agencies, NGOs, national authorities, and international research consortia on issues related to migration, displacement, development cooperation, and social inclusion.



Areas of expertise

Migration and asylum governance, social inclusion, climate change, EU-Russia relations

Current positions

EPC‑Egmont Research Fellow


PhD in Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute

MSc in Global Politics, Durham University

Double MA in International Affairs, MGIMO & LUISS

Erasmus Programme, Universiteit van Amsterdam

BA in Political Science, LUISS


Italian, English, French, Russian (basic), Romanian (basic), Spanish (basic)




Meloni and the EU align on the Mediterranean pivot
Eleonora Milazzo wrote a Commentary in cooperation with Maria Gargano on Meloni's more pragmatic stance towards migration and the impact of this 'Mediterannean pivot' on the New Pact on Migration and Asylum. 

The Commentary was published by Egmont Institute and is available here.

Meloni and the EU align on the Mediterranean pivot
04 October 2023 - ,
Egmont Institute
Migration / INTERVIEW
Interview with Expresso
Eleonora Milazzo was interviewed by Expresso on the current migration crisis and its impact on the approval of the New Pact on Migration and Asylum. 

Read the article here. (In Portuguese)

Interview with Expresso
21 September 2023 - ,
Interview with AlJazeera
Eleonora Milazzo was interviewed by AlJazeera on the criticism of the EU migration deal with Tunisia. 

Read the article here.

Interview with AlJazeera
02 August 2023 - ,

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