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Olivia Sundberg Diez
Policy Analyst
Olivia Sundberg Diez is a Policy Analyst for the European Migration and Diversity Programme. Her work has primarily focused on the human rights implications of EU policy concerning irregular migration, particularly return and readmission practices.

Olivia graduated summa cum laude with an MA in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action at Sciences Po (Paris), specialising in European studies and migration. She also holds a first class BA in Philosophy from University College London. She has previously worked as a Programme Director at the educational charity Debate Mate, at a range of UK think tanks including Reform and the Centre for Social Justice, as a consultant for the European Council on Foreign Relations, and as a communication and public speaking coach across Europe, Latin America and Asia.


European Migration and Diversity


Areas of expertise

Return and Readmission, External dimension of EU migration policy, Integration, Common European Asylum System

Current positions

Junior Policy Analyst


Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action, Summa Cum Laude, Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po, Paris

BA in Philosophy, First Class (Hons), University College London


Spanish, English, French, Swedish (intermediate)



EPIM Policy Update May 2020
By Marie De Somer , Alberto-Horst Neidhardt , Olivia Sundberg Diez , Helena Hahn - 25/05/2020
The upcoming New Pact on Migration and Asylum: Will it be up to the challenge?
By Alberto-Horst Neidhardt , Olivia Sundberg Diez - 29/04/2020
European and African perspectives on asylum and migration policy. Seeking common ground
By Olivia Sundberg Diez , Matthias Lücke , Leonie Jegen , Franzisca Zanker - 22/04/2020
EPIM Policy Update March 2020
By Marie De Somer , Alberto-Horst Neidhardt , Olivia Sundberg Diez , Nicolò Maganza - 03/03/2020
EPIM Policy Update December 2019
By Marie De Somer , Alberto-Horst Neidhardt , Olivia Sundberg Diez , Nicolò Maganza - 17/12/2019


Migration / OP-ED
What you don't hear about Spain's migration policy
Olivia Sundberg Diez wrote an Op-ed on Spain's pushbacks ahead of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)'s judgement on 13th February 2020, border practices in Morocco, and the closing space for Search and Rescue (SAR) efforts also in this region. 

The article is available here 

13 February 2020 - ,
EU observer
Migration / SPEECH
Beyond Return: In search of durable and humane solutions for people in a precarious or irregular residence situation
Olivia Sundberg Diez spoke at the ‘Beyond Return’ Conference organised by Belgian civil society and taking place at the Belgian Federal Parliament. She presented on post-return risks and the structural shortcomings of EU return and readmission policy in tackling them.

09 December 2019 - Belgian Federal Parliament,
Current trends in the area of asylum
Olivia Sundberg Diez participated in the European Asylum Support Office (EASO)’s workshop on ‘Current trends in the area of asylum and related analytical interests’, organised by EASO’s Information Analysis Sector together with the EASO Consultative Forum. The workshop contributed to the 2019 Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the European Union.

09 October 2019 - ,
European Asylum Support Office (EASO)

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