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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 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)



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 , Andrea García Rodríguez , Elizabeth Kuiper , Svitlana Taran , Iana Maisuradze , Berta López Domènech , Giulia Torchio , Teona Lavrelashvili , 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 / 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


Western Balkans / WORKSHOP
Migration in Europe: the role of the Western BalkansMigration in Europe: the role of the Western Balkans
Helena Hahn led a session on “Migration in Europe: the role of the Western Balkans” as part of a Dialogue Programme for young experts and decision-makers from the Western Balkans. The session focused on the theme of “EU accession perspectives for the Western Balkans in a changed geopolitical environment and chances of membership by 2030“.

Hahn discussed the trajectory of EU-Western Balkan migration cooperation and the balance of EU versus Balkan interests against the background of enlargement. She also shed light on the need to focus on longer-term common priorities, such as legal labour migration and climate mobility.

Migration in Europe: the role of the Western Balkans
30 November 2023 - ,
Hanns Seidel Foundation
Migration / ROUNDTABLE
Migration and Domestic Security
Helena Hahn participated in a session on “Migration and Domestic Security” at the Central Europe Forum organised by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Brussels, which brought together experts from Central European countries.

Migration and Domestic Security
14 November 2023 - ,
Migration / INTERVIEW
Interview with Le Monde
Helena Hahn was interviewed by Le Monde about the EU’s plans to conclude more migration partnerships with third countries. 

Read the article here. (In French)

Interview with Le Monde
26 October 2023 - ,
Le Monde

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