In today’s age of information, glorified multitasking, and the forever sought-after appearance of a busy life, describing oneself can become a burdensome task. Thankfully for my anxiety levels, which in many people tend to rise sharply when presented with the question “Who are you?”, my identity revolves around one undeniable fact: I am a migrant.
I am a member of Romania’s large diaspora; I live in Belgium; I grew up in Latin America; I have completed studies in the USA, Netherlands, Spain and Germany. So yes, being a migrant is all I know.
It only makes sense, then, that my work focuses on the management of the migration regime.
As a PhD Researcher at the University of Twente, I was part of the Post Crisis Legitimacy of the European Union Innovative Training Network, under the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.
My research focused on the work of bureaucrats that assess applications for refugee status in Romania and in the Netherlands, and how their actions contribute to the goal of policy harmonization in the European Union.
Currently, I am employed as an Associate Policy Analyst at the Migration Policy Institute – Europe. Prior to the start of my PhD, I worked as a public affairs consultant in Bucharest, Romania, and as an adviser for international relations to the Romanian minister for agriculture and rural development.
Beyond my work, I enjoy several other activities that keep me from losing my mind during downtime. Chief among these are triathlon and traveling, but anything that keeps me occupied or allows me to spend time with my family and friends is always welcome.