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Helena Hahn
Policy Analyst

Helena Hahn is a Policy Analyst within the European Diversity and Migration programme and is also involved in the EPC’s ongoing work to strengthen transnational think tank cooperation. Her main interests include border management, EU migration cooperation with third countries, EU funding, climate-induced displacement as well as refugee integration policies

She joined the EPC in 2020. She previously gained experience at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) in Washington, DC, the Brussels Mission of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Vienna, Austria.

Helena holds a Master in International Affairs (MIA) from the Graduate Institute in Geneva (2019), where she focused on security studies, migration and urban policy. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in World Politics from Leiden University College The Hague (2016).


European Migration and Diversity


Climate-induced displacement and migration: What role for the European Union?

Areas of expertise

Migration governance, climate change and migration, EU migration cooperation, EU funding, borders and technology, resettlement, refugee integration, think tank cooperation

Current positions

Policy Analyst


Master in International Affairs, Graduate Institute, Geneva
BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges, Leiden University College The Hague


English, German, French, Italian (basic)



Migration / COMMENTARY
What next for EU migration and asylum policies? Launch of EPC-Odysseus Network series
By Alberto-Horst Neidhardt , Evangelia (Lilian) Tsourdi , Helena Hahn - 04/06/2024
Strategic foresight / OUTLOOK PAPER
Europe in the world in 2024: From voting to geopolitics
By Amanda Paul , Jamie Shea , Ivano di Carlo , Shada Islam , Helena Hahn , Mihai Sebastian Chihaia , Ricardo Borges de Castro , Elizabeth Kuiper , Svitlana Taran , Iana Maisuradze , Berta López Domènech , Giulia Torchio , Raúl Villegas - 21/02/2024
Political agreement on the New Pact – a cause célèbre?
By Helena Hahn - 21/12/2023
The EU’s approach to climate mobility: Which way forward?
By Helena Hahn , Melanie Fessler - 26/10/2023


Migration / INTERVIEW
Euronews’s live coverage of the European Parliamentary elections
Helena Hahn was invited to join Euronews’s live coverage of the European Parliamentary elections on June 10 to speak about the election results, the rise of the far-right, and the next European Commission President.

10 June 2024 - , Belgique/Belgie
Migration / INTERVIEW
Die Route der Schlepper verschiebt sich einfach weiter
Helena Hahn was interviewed by Der Spiegel about the effectiveness of the new EU-Lebanon migration deal.

 Read the interview here (in German).

13 May 2024 - , Belgique/Belgie
Migration / OP-ED
Die Schwachstellen des EU-Migrationspakts
Helena Hahn published an op-ed on how the EU’s increased push to conclude migration cooperation agreements with non-EU countries risks heightening its strategic dependencies and undermining the implementation of the New Pact reforms.

Read the op-ed here (in German).

03 May 2024 - ,

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