Topics: Development Policy
International Relations
Migration
Regional focus: Europe
Russia and Eurasia
Origin: Latvia
Fellowship: Richard von Weizs├Ącker Fellow

Marija Golubeva has been a Member of the Latvian Parliament (2018-2022) and Chair of the European Affairs Committee. In 2021- 2022, she has been the Minister of Interior and has been responsible for home affairs, migration and border protection policy. She has developed and implemented the Latvian response to Ukraine refugee crisis after the outbreak of Russian aggression in Ukraine and has furthered cooperation with Ukraine and Moldova in the Home Affairs sector.

Marija has a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge. She has taught Politics at Riga Stradins University and briefly worked for the Latvian government before joining the think-tank PROVIDUS where she led policy research on a range of topics, including integration and migration. In 2013-2014, she worked for the consultancy company ICF in Brussels. Before being elected in 2018, she has been an independent policy consultant, providing analysis and advice on EU humanitarian and development aid, education policy and migration policy, and working with stakeholders in the Western Balkans, Ukraine and Central Asia.