Online Workshop

Local integration of refugees in light of the 2030 Agenda: CRRF and beyond - Connecting Development with Forced Migration and Refugee Studies

November 5 - 6, 2020

In a world of almost 80 million displaced people according to official numbers, forced migration has become a major issue of global development just as much as of humanitarian and political concern. Achieving the global goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations in 2015 will not be possible unless the plight of millions of refugees and the needs of their hosting communities—most of which are located in low- and middle-income countries—are addressed in a more sustainable manner than in the past. Protracted violent conflicts have made secure return a distant prospect in most of today’s major refugee situations. At the same time, resettlement into third countries has also remained a privilege for only a fraction of those displaced. Under these conditions, important international documents, such as the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) adopted by UN member states in 2016, call for a paradigm shift: Instead of keeping refugees in camps, countries are called upon to promote the local integration of displaced people. Several refugee hosting countries, most notably in Africa and the Middle East, have begun to implement this new approach.

  • English
Thursday, November 5, 2020
14:00 - 17:15
Welcome and Introduction

Keynote address

  • Anna-Katharina Hornidge (DIE): Displacement in the global realm and the role of development research in the 21st Century

Panel 1: Local integration of refugees in Sub-Saharan Africa


  • Evan Easton-Calabria (University of Oxford): Political Economy and Culture

  • Hassan Aden (Peace Research Institute Oslo): Education

  • Samuel Agblorti (University of Cape Coast): Political Ecology

Moderation: Jana Kuhnt (DIE)

Short wrap-up of the afternoon

Friday, November 6, 2020
09:00 - 13:00
Good morning & Day 1 recap
Panel 2: Local integration of refugees in the MENA region


  • Ramona Rischke & Nader Talebi (DeZIM & BIM): Sociology and Development Economy

  • Katharina Lenner (University of Bath): Social Policies and Governance of Migration

  • Markus Loewe (DIE): Political Economy

Moderation: Benjamin Schraven (DIE)

Roundtable: interconnecting research disciplines

How can we get the different disciplines working on flight and migration together and increase their interconnections?


  • Christiane Fröhlich (GIGA)

  • Olaf Kleist (DeZIM)

  • Kristof van Assche (University of Alberta)

Moderation: örn Grävingholt (DIE)



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