Leana Podeszfa

Network building for human rights protection of rejected asylum seekers after their deportation

Leana Podeszfa

Leana Podeszfa

Fellowship
Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs
Period of the Fellowship
2012
Project
Network building for human rights protection of rejected asylum seekers after their deportation
Project description

The Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs annually sponsors 24 German-speaking young professionals and university graduates from all disciplines who are committed to improving the world of tomorrow. During the 13-month programme, Fellows work in two or three international organizations that are active worldwide – non-governmental or non-profit organizations, or business enterprises. The Fellows’ own practical questions serve as their project proposals and determine their workstations anywhere in the world. Her focus was on what happens to failed asylum seekers after they have been deported. As a Mercator Fellow, she aims to set up a network to monitor human rights violations against failed asylum seekers post-deportation.

Short biography

Leana Podeszfa studied politics and development studies in Nottingham and Oxford. She interned with the International Organisation for Migration on human trafficking and irregular migration. During her studies, she worked for the International Tracing and Message Service of the Red Cross, and as a researcher on deportation for the Fahamu Refugee Programme. Her focus was on what happens to failed asylum seekers after they have been deported. As a Mercator Fellow, she aims to set up a network to monitor human rights violations against failed asylum seekers post-deportation.