Nicola Delvino Senior Researcher, Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity

Nicola Delvino is a Senior Researcher at the Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity at COMPAS, and a Human Rights Consultant for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) – Regional Office for Europe.

His research has been focusing on EU and national laws and policies on irregular migration; and on local practices responding to the presence of migrants with irregular status. He is now leading a project researching laws and policies allowing “safe” reporting of crime by irregular migrants in the USA and in Europe, and assessing the legal and political replicability in Europe of good practices from the USA. In addition, Nicola has been supporting research for two initiatives of the Global Exchange: the C-MISE initiative and the annual Autumn Academy.

Prior to joining COMPAS, Nicola worked and researched on asylum, migration and human rights policies in Europe for Brussels-based NGOs, in particular as the Executive Officer on Asylum and Migration of Amnesty International’s European Institutions Office. He subsequently worked as a Justice & Home Affairs Officer in the political section of the British Embassy in Rome. Nicola holds a Masters Degree in Law from the University of Bari (Italy) and studied EU law at ULB Brussels (Belgium).

Nicola is a visiting scholar at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies of the University of California – Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, where he is currently based.


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Blog Posts


City Initiative on Migrants with Irregular Status in Europe (C-MISE)

Sarah Spencer, Nicola Delvino and Nathan Grassi | March 2017 to February 2019