Migration & Security Research Team



Lilou is a French Master’s student in public policy and comparative politics at Sciences Po. As a feminist and dedicated advocate for asylum seekers and refugees, she hopes to promote an intersectional and inclusive approach to migration studies.



Iliana was born and raised in Mexico City. Currently she is a student of the Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action at Sciences Po. For her, migration and security implies guaranteeing the rights of people on the move without regards to the legal status in which they fall. It entails achieving safe migration –often hindered by a rhetoric of national security and sovereignty– by bridging the gaps between international legal obligations and its actual implementation through suitable public policies.


Originally from the Netherlands, Loïs is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in International Security at Sciences Po. To Loïs, migration does not equal insecurity, yet the securitized narrative thereof more than often implies so. She is driven to deconstruct the toxic portrayal of migrants, in particular of incoming asylum-seekers and refugees, to raise awareness of this very matter and strive for change and justice.


Mélissa is French-Algerian and currently a first year Master’s student in International Public Management. To her, focusing on ‘Migrations & Security’ is looking up at the way the current security and policy approaches towards migrants deny more and more their fundamental rights. That is why debating of migrations and security today is about insuring an effective application of the international legislation in this matter – out of nationalistic interests. It is also the need to draw a new perspective on these interlinked issues; to advocate for more inclusivity.


Silvana is from Verona, Italy ans she is now in her second year studying International Development at Sciences Po. Migration & Security is about upholding the human rights of people leaving their countries of origin for better opportunities or fleeing conflict, climate disasters and poverty, and about highlighting the social and economic opportunities of the exchange of cultures and human experiences.