Zvezda Vankova is a PhD candidate at the Law Faculty of Maastricht University in the Netherlands, as part of the TRANSMIC project. She works on the dissertation "Circular migration from the Eastern partnership countries to the EU – the rights of migrant workers in Bulgaria and Poland". Zvezda holds a BA degree in Public Administration and a MA degree in International relations from the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. She was awarded a scholarship by the Danish Agency for International Education (CIRIUS) and specialised European Studies at the University of Copenhagen (2004-2005).
- circular migration
- migration law and policies
- integration policies
- immigration detention
- human rights and labour migration standards
Professional career history
Zvezda Vankova worked as a central research coordinator of the latest edition of the Migrant Integration Policy Index (2015). As a researcher and program coordinator at the Open Society Institute Sofia, Zvezda Vankova has been an active participant in the development of immigration and integration policy of Bulgaria through policy and legal analyses, advocacy work and capacity building activities. Zvezda has contributed to the drafting of strategic documents such as the National Strategy for Migration, Asylum and Integration, legislative and policy mechanisms in the field of regular and irregular migration, and formulating recommendations on the necessary reforms. Ms Vankova has developed and delivered training courses on integration policies to hundreds of local authority staff and civil society representatives.
She was selected by the UNHCR Bulgaria to monitor the National Program for Integration of Refugees in Bulgaria as an independent expert and served as the Country Co-coordinator of the European Web Site on Integration for Bulgaria. Zvezda has contributed to the implementation of international policy instruments such as MIPEX, the Integration Evaluation Tool and AGDM of UNHCR. In the end of 2012 she founded the association Multi Kulti Collective supporting the integration of foreigners in the Bulgarian society.