The Highly Skilled Migrant Women is an initiative aimed at raising the awareness and increasing the exchange of experience and ideas with all relevant stakeholders on the challenges and solutions intended at facilitating the integration of highly qualified migrant women into the labour market. It is also wished-for to contribute as a reference page and a learning tool in order to address a severe knowledge gap on the subject. The intentional outcome of this initiative in the long run is to lead into more research, policy development, and specialized programmes, activities and initiatives focusing on highly skilled migrant women aimed at securing employment commensurable to their skills and experience. Moreover, this initiative would also include information and materials related to the broader field of international and regional migration, gender-sensitive policies, migrant women, highly skilled and career development tools.

About the Initiative

This website grew out of two initiatives in the field of highly skilled women and integration into the labour market. First, a research on intra-EU mobility of highly skilled women and their integration into the labour market (PhD programme 2012 – University of Vienna – see Survey Page) and second, a more operational project aimed at facilitating the re-integration of highly skilled migrant women into the labour market, pending support for implementation. More details will be posted in due course, but in the meantime please feel free to contact me, including request for advice, service or information. I can be reached at info@highlyskilledwomen.eu

If you would like to contribute to this webpage (with video materials, references, publications, announcements, inspirations, etc) please send me an e-mail.


My academic background includes a BA in International Development (1989-1993) and an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (1993-1995) focusing on International Migration (i.e., Immigration and Refugee Law, Cross-cultural Psychology/Integration, and International Migration Theory). My BA Honours thesis centred on a comparative study of the conditions of regular and irregular migrant domestic workers. As for my MA research work, it was truly multidisciplinary (involving the faculties of sociology, psychology and law – immigration) focusing on how the migratory process and the regulations binding migrant domestic workers influence their adaptation/integration into the host society. After my studies, I worked on project development/management, co-ordination of projects and activities, research, organization of events (i.e. high-level conferences, technical seminars, and meetings) and networking/liaison with various stakeholders in the field of international migration and human trafficking/forced labour.

Examples of Work:


Gender and Labour Migration Trainer’s Manual, OSCE, 2010 http://www.osce.org/publications/eea/2010/05/43874_1473_en.pdf

Guide on Gender Sensitive Labour Migration in the OSCE Region, OSCE, 2009 http://www.osce.org/eea/45864

Occasional Paper on Trafficking for Labour Exploitation in the Agricultural Sector, OSCE 2009 http://www.osce.org/item/38709.html

Activities & Projects (Developed/Managed)

5th High-level Alliance Conference “Human Trafficking for Labour Exploitation/Forced and Bonded Labour: Prosecution of Offenders, Justice for Victims”, OSCE, 2006

6th  High-level Alliance Conference “National Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism to Address THB: the Role of National Rapporteurs”, OSCE, 2007

Alliance Technical Seminar on the Function and Role of the National Rapporteur, OSCE, 2008

Alliance Technical Seminar on Trafficking for Labour Exploitation in the Agricultural Sector, OSCE 2009

“Sharing Experiences: Trends on Migration in Selected Candidate Countries & Lessons Learned from “New Countries” of Immigration in the EU” , European Social Fund, IOM Vienna 2003

Trafficking in Unaccompanied Minors for Sexual Exploitation in the European Union: Belgium, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, STOP Programme, EC DG-JHA, IOM Brussels (2001) Publicationiom_2001__trafficking_unacc  &   iom_2001__trafficking_unacc2