Dr Ave Lauren is a migration expert in economic migration for the European Migration Network (EMN). The EMN is a European Commission-coordinated expert network to provide up-to-date, objective, reliable and comparable information on economic migration and asylum to inform policy development at national and EU levels. Ave finished her PhD in economic geography at the University of Cambridge, where her research explored the rising socio-economic heterogeneity among new migrant communities in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area and the role of companies in community-making and identity-formation processes of highly-skilled migrant groups. Her previous work has looked at Eastern European migrant communities in London and post-refugee communities in Toronto, Canada. She has also held a fellowship at the John W Kluge Center at Library of Congress in Washington, DC, working on issues related to the highly-skilled immigration to the United States.