Portrait Simona Schreier


Simona Schreier is a PhD Candidate in Migration Studies at the Department for Migration and Globalisation since 2019. She is currently working on the project “From returning back to reintegration? A focus on Nigeria” as part of her PhD study.

  • IMISCOE Board Member of the PhD Network
  • Engaged in other projects on Africa and migration policy

About the person

Simona Schreier holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, specializing in criminology, sociology of law and criminal justice reform. Through her work for international organizations during the last years she has developed extensive experience with crime prevention and human rights issues, particularly on trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants, corruption and juvenile justice.


At the university, the focus of her work is on return and reintegration migration. In particular, the research aims to provide insight into the objective as well as subjective natures of return processes, living conditions and well-being of migrants returning back to their home country. The PhD research project focuses on Austria as the destination country and Nigeria as the origin country.

Her specific research interests include:

  • Return and reintegration
  • Border studies
  • Migration policy making and policy impacts
  • Human trafficking and smuggling of migrants

Projects (Extract Research Database)

Running projects

Return and reintegration processes: a focus on Nigeria

Duration: 01/10/2019–31/03/2023
Principle investigator for the project (University for Continuing Education Krems): Mathias Czaika
Funding: Bundesländer (inkl. deren Stiftungen und Einrichtungen)

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Lectures (Extract Research Database)

Encouraging assisted return programmes: The industry of migration management

Biennial Conference on Migration Research in Austria, 26/09/2022

The externalisation of assisted return migration in Nigeria

De-centring and Contesting Externalisation in West Africa and Beyond workshop, 19/09/2022

Assisted return programmes: The industry of migration management in Nigeria

19th IMISCOE Annual Conference Crossing borders, connecting cultures, 29/06/2022

How Non-Citizens Perceive the Obstacles and Opportunities to Naturalization in Austria

IMISCOE Spring Workshop: Citizenship from Paper to Practice: Perspectives on the on the Implementation Gap, 20/05/2022

18th IMISCOE Annual Conference ONLINE

18th IMISCOE Annual Conference ONLINE Crossing borders, connecting cultures, 07/07/2021

The Future of Mobility and Immobility Neuchâtel Graduate Conference of Migration and Mobility Studies

Neuchâtel Graduate Conference of Migration and Mobility Studies, 01/07/2021

How have assisted voluntary return programmes developed and evolved over time in Europe?

Migration research in Austria – current trends and challenges, 10/12/2020

The evolution and diffusion of assisted return programmes in Europe since the 1970s

Crossing Borders – Perspectives in Migration Research, 6th Biennial Conference on Migration and Integration in Austria, 17/09/2020

World Café on Return Migration

11. DialogForum - Dialog zwischen Politik, Wissenschaft und Praxis, Donau-Universität Krems, Österreich, 28/08/2019

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