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).


War in Ukraine

The media appearances and publications by colleagues from the FFVT network on the current events in Ukraine can be found here. Please direct your media enquiries by e-mail to ....

Online Discussion

Brown Bag Lecture \ Deprovincialising Kurdish Politics: Forced Migration and Activism Across Kurdistan, Turkey and Europe

May 24, 2022 – Online

Looking at the two recent episodes of mass displacement of Kurds (1990s and mid-2010s) carried out by the Turkish state, the Brown Bag Lecture on 24 May 2022 (11am to 12pm, CET), will shed light on how forced displacement influences the dynamics of political mobilisation in Kurdish contentious politics. Gülay Kilicaslan will discuss the role of forced displacement in transforming the dynamics of contentious politics and the politics of scale in the processes of actors’ mobilisation in a settler–colonial context.

Online Discussion

The transformative potential of inclusive and localized refugee and forced displacement research

May 24, 2022 – Online

The online discussion takes place on 24 May 2022, 14:00-16:00 (CEST). The discussants will explore how academic findings and initiatives that can support decision-making processes to improve the lives of refugees, forcibly displaced persons, and host communities.
The event is organised by the Global Academic Interdisciplinary Network (GAIN), co-convened by UNHCR and the University of Essex.

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FFVT Summer School 2022 "Displacement, Governance and Human Rights"

July 10 - 15, 2022 – Nürnberg

How has international refugee law evolved, which gaps remain and how can we address them? How are refugees protected in the different regions of Europe, Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East? Which challenges are refugees exposed to locally? These and many additional questions are at the core of the FFVT Summer School 2022 "Displacement, Governance and Human Rights".


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.

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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