Lejla Sunagic

Lejla Sunagic

Lejla Sunagic is a PhD student at Lund University, specializing in qualitative research. Her research centers on the field of forced migration, with a specific focus on the secondary migration of Syrian refugees to Europé. Before pursuing PhD studies, she gained valuable work experience in the development and aid sectors in the Balkans, Middle East, and Africa.

Interview with Lejla Sunagic

Current affiliation
  • Lund University
Hosting institute
Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies
Key expertise

Profile according to FFVT taxonomy

Fields of research
Scientific topics

Academic education / CV

PhD candidate


Q1. Who are you?

I have a well-balanced career that spans both research and humanitarian and development work. I am currently persuing my PhD at Lund University that focuses on the secondary migration of Syrians to Europe. The aim is to understand their perceptions of risk related to clandestine journeys.

Q2. What was your motivation to apply for the FFVT fellowship? Why Germany?

I am thrilled to be part of the vibrant academic community with expertise in migration. My research is multidisciplinary, focusing on the intersection of migration and risk. While I have found excellent guidance regarding risk research at my home university, I see this as an opportune moment to balance and enrich my understanding by learning from the migration research community.

Q3. What do you expect from the fellowship?

I anticipate making progress towards the finalization of my PhD project. I am seeking exchanges with fellow researchers to gain inspiration, receive critical reflections, and foster networking for potential future collaborations.

Q4. What is the focus of your work, and what is innovative about it? / What are your planned outcomes and activities for the fellowship period? And how do they relate to your FFVT hosting institution/ the FFVT cooperation project?

My research is situated at the nexus of forced migration and refugees´studies. I am conducting narrative research to gain insight into individuals' perceptions of risk associated with clandestine journeys—examining how these risks are rationalized prior to migration and how perceptions evolve years after settling and achieving migration goals. By amplifying the voices of refugees, my research aims to unveil biases and distortions in migration studies. This endeavor seeks to bridge the divide between academic research and the lived experiences of refugees, thereby offering valuable insights for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers.

During my fellowship, I plan to conceptualize two manuscripts, furthering my understanding of the multifaceted dynamics surrounding migration and risk perception.  I am keen on exploring the post-doc reseeach co-operation.