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Save the Date: 5th Conference of the German Network for Forced Migration Studies, 17-18 September 2024, Bonn.
We are pleased to announce that the international Conference of the German Network for Forced Migration Studies (NWFF) jointly organised with collaborative project “Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer" (FFVT)  will be hosted in Bonn in September 2024. More information will follow shortly!


FFVT Fellowship programme

Strengthening the ties between German research to international Forced Migration and Refugee Studies is a core concern of the project “Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer (FFVT).” So far, German research is only inadequately represented in the international scientific landscape. The Bonn peace and conflict research institute BICC, the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN), the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) and the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at the University of Osnabrück are working together as partners to increase the visibility of research in the international scientific landscape.

Call for Applications


Ukraine: Forced Migration Information Hub

Besides causing widespread destruction and immense suffering, the Russian attack on Ukraine on 24 February 2022 also forced many people to leave their homes. This has led to mass forced migration and displacement, unprecedented in Europe in this scale and speed since World War II. For this reason, the FFVT project has set up a “Forced Migration Information Hub”. 



Equitable International Research Cooperation – From affirmations to practice

October 23 - 24, 2023 – Bonn

Ensuring equitable research collaboration between partners from low-, middle-, and high-income countries is emphatically affirmed by all guiding strategy documents of Germany’s foreign and research policy. One pertinent example is the Africa Strategy of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, which highlights the need for a joint development and implementation of research activities with partners from low- and middle-income countries.

During their joint workshop, the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) and the German Commission for UNESCO will invite experts to discuss concrete recommendations on what framework conditions are needed such that research collaboration (including also local stakeholders from low- and middle-income countries) can live up to the affirmation of equity. Individually selected experts from ministries and research funders as well as scientists, including from the field of development and forced migration research, will be invited to join the debate.

***Participation by invitation only.***


Ukraine: 18 Months of Displacement – What Do We Know So Far?

November 27 - 28, 2023 – IMIS Osnabrück, online

After 18 months of war driven displacement in and from Ukraine and even longer lasting research on relating topics, it is time for an interim summary. In this two-day workshop we aim to (a) take stock of the state of research on forced migration and integration of displaced persons in and from Ukraine, (b) facilitate feeding evidence into the public domain, and (c) identify research gaps and encourage future research collaboration.


New "Report Globale Flucht" published at S. Fischer Verlag

April 26, 2023

The Report Global Flight is the first regularly published German-language publication on the topic of flight. It is published annually by the joint project "Flight and Refugee Research: Networking and Transfer" (FFVT). This is the start of a new series on one of the most pressing issues of our time. The annual Refugee Report provides in-depth knowledge on global refugee movements and their consequences. The focus in 2023 is on flight as a result of the Ukraine war.


Lived transnationalism in times of violent conflict – Cross-border connections and mobilities of people, goods and capital

March 27 - 28, 2023 – Bonn

On 27/28 March 2023, BICC hosts the interdisciplinary symposium “Lived transnationalism in times of violent conflict – Cross-border connections and mobilities of people, goods and capital” in Bonn. The symposium is organized by the FFVT project in cooperation with the IMISCOE Standing Committee on Migrant Transnationalism (MITRA). It aims to provide a space of engagement for both established scholars and PhD candidates in the fields of (forced) migration studies as well as peace and conflict studies, who are working on the transnational entanglements of diverse actors in violent conflicts.

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Expert Roundtable (hybrid): The Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) in Ethiopia: Meaningful Involvement of Regional and District Governments

February 27, 2023 – IDOS, Bonn and online

In 2017, Ethiopia initiated a policy shift aimed at phasing out the purely camp-based approach to refugee response in the country. Following this decision, the country has become one of the implementing countries of the CRRF. However, the issues of local participation and involving the voices of local actors in shaping efforts to find more predictable and inclusive solutions to the protracted plight of refugees have been the subject of recent academic and political debates.

The roundtable brings together researchers and practitioners active in Ethiopia and beyond. The event features inputs from experts representing the four co-organising institutes, Gambella University, Jijiga University, the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) and the DeZIM Institute, and the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS).

The event starts at 14:00h CET / 15:00h EAT.


Promoting localised research and equitable partnerships in Forced Migration Studies at the UN High Commissioner’s Dialogue

December 7 - 8, 2022 – International Conference Centre in Geneva (CICG)

On 7 and 8 December 2022, the cooperation project Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer (FFVT) participates in the United Nations High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges: Development Cooperation in Geneva. At this event, FFVT joins forces with international partner institutions and networks active in the field of Forced Migration Studies to contribute an innovation lab that highlights the relevance of localised research and knowledge production, equitable partnerships, the promotion of research infrastructure in countries of the Global South, and the active participation of refugees in research processes. This kind of locally grounded research is crucial for humanitarian and particularly development endeavours, as it strengthens local research capacities and, through appropriate local participation throughout the research process, it leads to context-specific solutions that enable more tailored policy advice.

In order to advance the issues of localised research and equitable partnerships in Forced Migration Studies, FFVT works together with the Local Engagement Refugee Research Network (LERRN), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the UNHCR Global Academic Interdisciplinary Network (GAIN), and the UNHCR Sergio Vieira de Mello Academic Chairs.

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