Eleonora Milazzo

Research Fellow
Eleonora Milazzo is Research Fellow at the Migration Policy Centre, where she works on research-to-policy engagement.

She is also an associate fellow at the Egmont Institute in Brussels.

Thematically, her work focuses on EU migration and asylum policies, social inclusion, development cooperation, and the policy nexus between migration, climate change, and human security.

Eleonora has a background in think-tanking, policy analysis, and academic research.

Before joining the MPC, Eleonora worked as Joint Research Fellow at the European Policy Centre and the Egmont Institute in Brussels. Previously, she gained professional experience at the Refugee Studies Centre in Oxford and Carnegie Europe in Brussels. She also carried out research on climate change governance and EU-Russia relations at the Ecologic Institute in Berlin and the Russian International Affairs Council in Moscow.

In addition to her think-tanking experience, Eleonora consults for UN agencies, international organisations, NGOs, national authorities, and international research consortia on policy issues related to migration policies, development, and social inclusion.

Regarding her academic background, Eleonora holds a PhD in Political Science from the European University Institute (2021) and was a Postdoctoral Researcher at King’s College London. She is a political theorist by training and carried out research on the ethics of migration and refugee protection in the EU.

She is the author of the book Refugee Protection and Solidarity. The Duties of EU Member States (Oxford University Press, 2023).

Research focus/Fields of interest: EU migration and asylum policies, research-to-policy engagement, ethics of migration and refugee protection.
Core disciplines: politics, policy analysis, political theory.
Book

  • Milazzo, Eleonora (2023), Refugee Protection and Solidarity: The Duties of EU Member States. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Milazzo, Eleonora (2023), Asymmetric Interstate Solidarity and Return Sponsorship. Journal of Common Market Studies 61(5): 1179-1193.
  • Milazzo, Eleonora (2020), Failing Solidarity: Justified or Excused? Assessing EU Member states’ Arguments in Defence of the Failure to Share Responsibility for Refugee Protection. Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric 12(02): 189-218.

  • Working papers

  • Ponzo, Irene, Milazzo, Eleonora, and Orlando De Gregorio (2023), Project-based migrant integration governance. Under review.
  • Milazzo, Eleonora (2021), Return sponsorship in the EU asylum system: a normative assessment. Migration Policy Centre Working Paper 2021/92.

  • Policy papers, reports, and briefs

  • De Brouwer, Jean-Louis and Eleonora Milazzo (2024), A Pact. So What?. Commentary. Brussels: Egmont Institute.
  • Milazzo, Eleonora (2023), The Nexus Approach: Thinking and Acting Strategically in Times of Permacrisis. Discussion Paper. Brussels: European Policy Centre.
  • Milazzo, Eleonora and Maria Gargano (2023), Meloni and the EU align on the Mediterranean pivot. Commentary. Brussels: Egmont Institute.
  • Milazzo, Eleonora (2023), “Migration’s Ticking Clock.” European Council Experts’ Debrief April 2023. Brussels: Trans-European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA).
  • Milazzo, Eleonora (2023), Climate-induced displacement. Reconnecting emergency responses to long-term adaptation needs. Commentary. Brussels: Egmont Institute.
  • Milazzo, Eleonora (2023), “Includ-EU Policy Brief on access to healthcare.” International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Office for the Mediterranean.
  • Milazzo, Eleonora and Peter Bosch (2022), “Recommendations to the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union: Fundamental Rights and Migration.” Brussels: Trans-European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA).
  • Milazzo, Eleonora (2022), “Includ-EU Policy Brief on labour inclusion.” International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Office for the Mediterranean.
  • Milazzo, Eleonora (2022), Protection Here, There or Elsewhere? Why We Need to Consider How Non-arrival Policies Complicate the Dilemma. Symposium on the ethics of migration policy dilemmas. Fiesole: Migration Policy Centre.
  • Milazzo, Eleonora (2022), “Includ-EU Policy Brief on Participation and Intercultural Exchanges.” International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Office for the Mediterranean.
  • Milazzo, Eleonora (2022), “Includ-EU Policy Brief on Inclusive Education.” International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Office for the Mediterranean.
  • De Brouwer, Jean-Louis and Eleonora Milazzo (2021), Challenges and priorities of the EU’s response to the situation in Afghanistan. Policy Brief. Brussels: Egmont Institute.
  • Milazzo, Eleonora (2021), “Includ-EU Policy Brief on Housing Inclusion.” International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Office for the Mediterranean.
  • Milazzo, Eleonora (2021), “Innovative Housing Solutions for Third Country Nationals. Technical Guidelines for Municipalities.” International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Office for the Mediterranean.

  • Blogs

  • Hahn, Helena and Eleonora Milazzo (2024), Can the EU achieve a more coherent policy on climate mobility? The nexus approach could help. Blog. Fiesole: MPC.