Aleksandra Jolkina is a journalist and migration researcher focused on the EU, UK and Eastern Europe.  

Having started her career at a Latvian newspaper in 2007, Aleksandra has since lived and worked in London, Berlin and Bonn. She has been involved in several cross-border journalistic projects, including two investigations supported by (into alleged marriages of convenience in Ireland in 2010 and cancer drug prices across the EU in 2016). From 2015 to 2021, she worked for Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, covering German, (Eastern) European and world affairs for DW’s Russian Service. 

Alongside her work in journalism, Aleksandra completed a PhD in law at Queen Mary University of London (2021). Her dissertation examined the concept of marriages of convenience in EU and UK law in so far as it concerns the exercise of residence rights by EU citizens and their non-EU national family members. Aleksandra’s main research interests currently include EU free movement, as well as European and comparative migration & nationality law with a particular focus on the UK, Germany, and Russia. 

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Basic information

Aleksandra Jolkina
EU free movement, migration & citizenship law, Eastern Europe, Russia, post-Brexit developments in the UK
United Kingdom

Supported projects

Insane Prices

  • Healthcare
  • Science

RIGA - There are important disparities in the price of cancer medicines within the 28 EU member States. New cancer drugs are incredibly expensive for patients in some Eastern member states or simply not available because of shortages.

Latvian Brides, Asian Grooms, British Isles

  • Trafficking

RIGA - Hundreds of women come to Ireland each year to marry non-Europeans – with the sole aim of securing visas for their new husbands. Most of them are from poor Eastern European states such as Latvia and Lithuania, where the offer of a few thousand euros is enough to lure women into such a “sham marriage”.