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Helena Hahn
Policy Analyst

Helena Hahn joined the EPC in 2020. She is currently a Policy Analyst within the European Diversity and Migration programme and 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 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 transnationalisation

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 / 2022 MEDAM Assessment Report
Refugee protection in the EU: Building resilience to geopolitical conflict
By Matthias Lücke , Helena Hahn , Silvia Carta , Martin Ruhs , Mehari Taddele Maru , Paweł Kaczmarczyk , Karolina Łukasiewicz , Marta Pachocka , Tobias Heidland - 13/10/2022
Future-proofing resettlement policies: Next steps for resettlement and community sponsorship in the EU
By Olivia Sundberg Diez , Helena Hahn , Silvia Carta - 06/12/2021
EPIM Policy Update December 2020
By Marie De Somer , Alberto-Horst Neidhardt , Olivia Sundberg Diez , Helena Hahn - 09/12/2020
EPIM Policy Update September 2020
By Marie De Somer , Alberto-Horst Neidhardt , Olivia Sundberg Diez , Helena Hahn - 18/09/2020


Migration / INTERVIEW
EU leaders to focus on migration at summit
Helena Hahn was interviewed by RTE radio Dublin on the Special European Council meeting, taking place on 9/10 February 2023, and the asylum situation in Europe in the context of Russia's war in Ukraine. 

Listen to the interview here.

EU leaders to focus on migration at summit
06 February 2023 - ,
RTE radio Dublin
Future of Europe / PANEL DISCUSSION
Brussels, my love? The EU’s migration muddle and tanks for Ukraine
Helena Hahn participated in Euronews' talk show, "Brussels, my love?" The episode focused on the EU's migration challenges, the negotiations on the New Pact on Migration and Asylum and the Union's position on sending weapons to Ukraine. 

Watch the full episode here.

Brussels, my love? The EU’s migration muddle and tanks for Ukraine
06 February 2023 - ,
Schengen / INTERVIEW
Interview with ORF
Helena Hahn was invited to comment on the outcomes of the final European Council summit of the year on Austria’s main television news programmePrior to the EUCO, the Austrian government had vetoed Romania’s and Bulgaria’s bid to join the Schengen area while calling for reinforced EU borders and additional support from the European Commission to stem migrant arrivals. Her contribution focused on the limited effectiveness of border walls and the implications that an expanded Schengen area would have on reducing secondary movements within the EU.

Interview with ORF
16 December 2022 - ,
ZIB 2 News, ORF

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