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 Center for Conversion (BICC), the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN, University of Erlangen Nuremberg), the German Development Institute (DIE, Bonn) and the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS, University of Osnabrück).



“You can’t understand someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes”. A multi-perspective conversation across professional boundaries.

October 30, 2021 – Conference on Migration and Media Awareness (CMMA), Hamburg

With this intervention at the CMMA 2021, FFVT invites actors from research, politics, public administration, media and civil society to a dialogue in order to facilitate an exchange of experiences and knowledge.

Online Discussion

FFVT on point: Forced Migration in Afghanistan and Afghan Refugees in the Region

November 8, 2021 – – Online

In August 2021, the rapid breakdown of the Afghan government and the subsequent takeover by the Taliban surprised many people in Germany, in the USA, and in allied countries. In the preceding months and after the government collapse, the situation of forced migrants in Afghanistan and Afghan refugees in the region has further deteriorated due to a persisting fragile and complex situation. Therefore, FFVT on point takes up the issue to discuss and assess the current situation together with academics and practitioners.

Online Conference

Refugees: Integration, Harmonisation, Solidarity, Hospitality or what? Philosophies,Policies and Practices in Turkey and Germany

November 26, 2021 – Istanbul

Turkey is hosting several million refugees, mostly from Syria but also many other countries. Germany, too, has a long tradition of hosting large numbers of displaced persons and migrants. Both states,and its societies and municipalities share long experiences with migration and the challenges to social cohesion. However, there are major differences in the respective country’s trajectories and perspectives. The conference aims to facilitate an open conversation and cooperation between German and Turkish academics enriched by some international experts on how to think about and how to govern (new) diversity with the view to also underpin the practical challenges especially on the level of municipalities in both countries.

Online Workshop

FFVT Scholarly Workshop „Forced Migration and Dynamics of Political Mobilisation: conceptual approaches, comparative and case studies“

December 7, 2021

This Workshop invites scholars to look into forced migration from the angle of political mobilisation. Abstracts can be submitted until 13 September 2021.


Going local: refugees'/migrants’ integration processes at the local level. Italo-German experiences in the European context

February 9 - 11, 2022 – Villa Vigoni

The purpose of the colloquium is to discuss migrants’/refugees’ integration processes at the local level, highlighting barriers and enablers, as well as the recent trend toward a (g)localisation of refugee/migration research from an Italo-German perspective.

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 Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) 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.

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