Elaine Byrne works within the Irish Contact Point of the European Migration Network (EMN), which is based in the ESRI. The overall objective of the EMN is to improve the availability of, and access to, information concerning migration and asylum at European and Member State level in order to support policy- and decision-making in the EU. Previously, Elaine worked in the Combat Poverty Agency and the Social Inclusion Division of the Department of Social Protection. She holds a BSc. in Social Science.