TRAFIG, Transnational Figurations of Displacement, is an EU-funded Horizon 2020 research and innovation project. From 2019 to 2021, 12 partner organisations will investigate long-lasting displacement situations at multiple sites in Asia, Africa and Europe and analyse options to improve displaced people’s lives.

Displacement is normally regarded as a temporary phenomenon. Yet, about 16 million people— more than two thirds of 20.4 million refugees worldwide—have been in exile for long periods of time without prospects of return, resettlement or local integration. The number of internally displaced persons who cannot return is unknown. Both groups find themselves in protracted displacement.

The project aims at generating new knowledge to help develop solutions for protracted displacement that are tailored to the needs and capacities of persons affected by displacement. TRAFIG looks at how transnational and local networks as well as mobility are used as resources by displaced people to manage their everyday lives.

TRAFIG will:

  • provide academic evidence on refugee movements and protracted displacement
  • analyse which conditions could help to improve displaced people’s everyday lives
  • inform policymakers on how to develop solutions to protracted displacement.



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#4: Comparing Crises – „Migration Crises“ in the Middle East and North Africa

27 October 2020, 13:00 - 14:30 CET

The narrative of „crisis“ has been dominant in European discourses on migration in recent years. Migration, especially South-North movement towards the EU is often associated with a diverse set of political, social, economic and security risks. This perception is extremely Eurocentric, as migration to Europe is minimal compared to other world regions, and as... Read more

#3: Access to Europe: Governing the entry of third-country nationals in the European Union

With a view to contributing to the discussion on the EU’s “New Pact on Migration and Asylum”, the webinar examines these questions and presents the findings of research undertaken on “Entry Governance” of the Advancing Alternative Migration Governance (AdMiGov) project, funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Presentations will examine how access is fr... Read more

Staying Connected No. 3 09/2020