Dr. Biljana Meshkovska

Affiliated researcher

Dr. Biljana Meshkovska is a researcher at UNU-MERIT's Migration Research and Development Group. Her topics of interest are human trafficking, sex work and recovery and (re) integration processes of trafficked persons. Her particular focus is on women who have been trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation in Europe. Through her research she has looked at issues such as the influence of criminal trials against traffickers on the (re) integration processes of survivors, as well as the stigmatisation of sex work, sex workers and trafficked persons. 

She has been a lecturer on the topic of human trafficking, as well as a tutor for online courses: 'Introduction to Governance in Theory and Practice’ and ‘Introduction to Political Science’. 

Selected publications by Biljana Meshkovska

Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Meshkovska, Biljana, Arjan E. R. Bos & Melissa Siegel, 2021, Long-term (re)integration of persons trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation, International Review of Victimology, Online, DOI: 10.1177/02697580211011445, More information
Meshkovska, Biljana, Nikola Mickovski, Arjan E. R. Bos & Melissa Siegel, 2016, Trafficking of women for sexual exploitation in Europe: Prosecution, trials and their impact, Anti-Trafficking Review, 6: 71-90, DOI: 10.14197/atr.20121665
Meshkovska, Biljana, Melissa Siegel, Sarah E. Stutterheim & Arjan E. R. Bos, 2015, Female Sex Trafficking: Conceptual Issues, Current Debates, and Future Directions, Journal of Sex Research, 52(4): 380-395, DOI: 10.1080/00224499.2014.1002126, More information

Research reports
Meshkovska, Biljana, Nasrat Sayed, Katharina Koch, Iman Rajabzadeh, Carole Wenger & Melissa Siegel, 2019, Afghan Diaspora in Europe: Mapping engagement in Denmark, Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, Study commissioned by Danish Refugee Council, More information

Meshkovska, Biljana, 2018, Life after trafficking: (re) integration processes of women that have been trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation in Europe, PhD disertation Maastricht University / United Nations University

Other (editorship, media appearance, keynote, etc.)
Meshkovska, Biljana, 2018, Sex work and trafficking: relationship, persisting stigma and a look toward the future, VN Forum, 2017-2 Migration and Development, More information