Samira grew up just north of Amsterdam, in a town called Uitgeest. After attending secondary school, she studied public administration at the University of Leiden. There she specialised in the origins of radicalisation and terrorism. While at university, she became politically active with the Jonge Democraten, or ‘Young Democrats’ political youth organisation. It is in this period, when Samira fostered her early ambitions to one day be an elected MEP. Her political goals developed further as her professional career took off. Samira began her career as a trainee with the greater Amsterdam metropolitan region’s governance structure. Later she worked as an advisor in the municipal government of Amsterdam proper. She then moved on to join the staff of the leadership of the National Dutch Police. While working at the police, Samira was the national project manager for inclusive policies.
Samira quit her job at the police, when on 4 June 2019 the Kiesraad (Electoral Council) formally announced the European Election results for the Netherlands. She had been elected to European Parliament, as one of its youngest members. Samira Rafaela, MEP will give voice to a new generation of Europeans that will form a new European Coalition to support the EU for years to come.