Claire Healy

Research Officer, International Centre for Migration Policy Development

Dr Claire Healy is Research Officer at ICMPD’s Anti-Trafficking Programme. She is the author of The Strength to Carry On: Resilience and Vulnerabilities to Trafficking and Other Abuses among People Travelling along Migration Routes to Europe (2019), and Targeting Vulnerabilities: The Impact of the Syrian War and Refugee Situation on Trafficking in Persons. She is also co-author, with Roberto Forin, of Trafficking along Migration Routes: Bridging the Gap between Migration, Asylum and Anti-Trafficking and has been working with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission on anti-trafficking reporting and policy since 2014.

Working at ICMPD since 2011, Claire has coordinated research projects on trafficking and migration at the Brazilian land borders and on child begging in Europe, co-authoring a study on child begging for the European Commission. Her study on citizenship acquisition was published by the Portuguese Migration Observatory, and she co-authored a study and manual on combating trafficking for exploitation through begging, as well as authoring studies, reports, book chapters, academic articles and policy briefs on various migration and trafficking issues. Claire was previously a post-doctoral fellow at Lisbon University Institute, and, during 2007-2009, Advisor at the Portuguese Government’s High Commission for Immigration. From 2005 to 2007, she worked in Dublin, Ireland, as a Research Consultant for a number of NGOs in the fields of trafficking, refugees and migration. Claire has a PhD in Migration History and she has done voluntary work with the children of refugees and migrants in Germany, Portugal and Ireland. She has also worked as a translator and interpreter and is fluent in English, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Irish and French.

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