Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer
The cooperation project “Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer” (FFVT) aims to strengthen interdisciplinary forced migration and refugee research in Germany. To this end, the project, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), brings together research on migration, development, conflict and violence, climate change, health, governance and human rights and other topics. In this way, FFVT supports the networking of researchers and institutes working in all relevant research fields dealing with forced migration. To provide young academics with teaching and training opportunities in forced migration and refugee studies, it plans to establish study and graduate programmes. Furthermore, FFVT plans to promote the internationalisation of German research activities further and, therefore, offers a global fellowship programme, among other things. The dialogue between academia, practitioners, the media and politicians is another key element of its work. FFVT is to contribute to establishing a sustainable infrastructure for research on forced migration and refugee studies in Germany to facilitate excellent academic work in this field.
To focus and connect the scientific debates, FFVT sets changing accent topics in the course of the project. The current accent topic is: "(Im)mobility and global standards of refugee protection".
FFVT is jointly run by the Bonn International Centre for Conflict Studies (BICC), the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN, University of Erlangen Nuremberg), the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) and the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS, University of Osnabrück).
War in Ukraine
Here you can find the Ukraine: Forced Migration Information Hub with the sections FFVT in the media and providing policy advice (transfer activities), Information sources and FFVT Ukraine Experts (under construction). Please direct your media enquiries by e-mail to ....
Brown Bag Lecture \ Beyond Humanitarian Aid: Is there a role for civil society to resolve refugee crises? A case study of Rohingya refugees
August 16, 2022 – Online
Based on his research experiences, in this Brown Bag Lecture, Palash Kamruzzaman will focus on the Rohingya refugee crisis as a case study and share his views on the potential role(s) of civil society towards a dignified and sustained solution to the crisis.
Cities of Migrant Solidarity: An International Dialogue
September 1, 2022 – Documentation Centre for Displacement, Expulsion, Reconciliation
Cities are key sites for understanding migrant integration and refugee protection around the world. While nation states typically claim authority over the selection and acceptance of migrants and refugees, cities tend to be the places where migrants and refugees integrate into the social fabric of society, where they participate in economic and social life, and where they develop a sense of belonging. In fact, many cities protect and include inhabitants who are denied legal status by nation states. These cities are known internationally by many names, such as sanctuary cities, solidarity cities, or cities of welcome. “Cities of Migrant Solidarity: An International Dialogue” brings together international experts, practitioners, and policy makers to present diverse approaches and experiences on the capacity of cities to support vulnerable migrants and refugees.
4th Conference of the German Network for Forced Migration Studies
September 28 - 30, 2022 – Chemnitz
The network conference is considered as a means for communication and networking of researchers in the field of forced migration.
In 2022, it is organized at TU Chemnitz by the Chair of Human Geography with a focus on European Migration Research, led by Prof. Dr. Birgit Glorius, in cooperation with the German Network for Forced Migration Studies and FFVT.
The Call for Papers, Panels & Posters addresses scholars of all disciplines who are researching issues of forced migration and refugees. They are invited to submit abstracts for papers, panel sessions, roundtables, and posters. Proposals can cover the entire field of research on displacement and refugees and thematically related areas.
Forced migration and refugee studies in the East. Is there a need for acknowledging the Global East as yet another epistemic concept?
October 17 - 18, 2022
Recent wars in Ukraine and Armenia or the refugee drama on the Belarusian border require reconsidering how we think about the world. Notably, the simple binary of the Global North and the Global South epistemologically disregards the experiences of the post-Soviet countries and generally the Global East. This workshop aims (a) to sketch the state-of-the-art of forced migration research on the countries east of the EU, (b) to discuss the concept of the Global East and (c) to consider how to facilitate and expand research collaboration and research.
We invite papers to address these issues.
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.