Maryam Ekhtiari is a Ph.D. student in Sociology at Koç University. She received her M.A. in Sociology from Marmara University in 2020 and her B.A. in Clinical Psychology from University of Tabriz in 2014. Her primary research interests lie in the area of forced migration, social integration of immigrants, informal labor migration, and transit migration with a particular focus on irregular transit migration of Afghan refugees from Iran to Turkey. Beside her ongoing studies, she also worked as a research assistant in several research projects including migration-development nexus (MIGNEX), advancing alternative migration governance (ADMIGOV), and DEFining and Implementing Novel Evidence-based psychosocial interventions (RE-DEFINE).