Blog

In our TRAFIG Blog we share insights of our project activities. TRAFIG researchers introduce themselves and tell stories from our empirical field work. We also inform about recent policy events relevant to the themes (protracted) displacement as well as refugees and IDP’s mobility as well as translocal connectivity. We also welcome external contributions. If you wish to publish a short piece that addresses some of our TRAFIG themes, please write to contact@trafig.eu.

"I’d say 100% of the IDPs are still connected to the place of origin in one way or the other"

Notes on data collection, analysis and COVID-19 in Congo

The title of this blog gives you a little sneak preview into the discussion we had about our data. It was raised by one of the researchers of the team and agreed upon by his fellow researchers. Keep an eye on forthcoming publications to lea... Read more

Migrant integration in times of the lockdown. Some reflections from Italy

Migrant integration in times of the lockdown. Some reflections from Italy

by Ferruccio Pastore, FIERI

If there is a silver lining, however thin, in the crisis we are going through, it has to do with the greater reflexivity it forces upon us. Isolation and routine disruption make us reflect more upon things we too often took for granted. Among these, the nature of our... Read more

The EU’s shield and the institutionalisation of protracted displacement

The EU’s shield and the institutionalisation of protracted displacement

TRAFIG researchers are deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation at the Greece-Turkey border, on the Aegean islands and, of course, in Idlib. We are irritated about the political framing of recent developments, in particular by the European Union. 'Shielding Europe from refugees' and keeping... Read more

Exploring asylum governance in Italy: the mismatch between regulatory frameworks and protection needs

Exploring asylum governance in Italy: the mismatch between regulatory frameworks and protection needs

Forced migrants and asylum seekers who have reached Italy over the last years often find themselves in situations of protracted precariousness, vulnerability and marginalisation, both in terms of their legal status and socio-economic conditions. Such situations of protracted displacement are largely... Read more

After the Forum:  new directions in global refugee policy

After the Forum: new directions in global refugee policy

In December 2019, more than 2,000 people met in Geneva for the first Global Refugee Forum. Bringing together representatives of governments, international organizations, NGOs and the private sector, the event was described by UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi as a “unique opportunity to put in place the... Read more

TRAFIG Fieldwork has started in Ethiopia

TRAFIG Fieldwork has started in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian research team started fieldwork in October 2019 in Addis Ababa among Eritrean refugees who are beneficiaries of the Ethiopian government’s Out of Camp Policy (OCP). In Addis Ababa the team undertook fieldwork in three localities: Gofa Mebrathayil, Hayahulet and Bole-Harabssa inhabited... Read more

ADMIGOV - Advancing Alternative Migration Governance

ADMIGOV - Advancing Alternative Migration Governance

The H2020 AdMiGov (Advancing Alternative Migration Governance - 2019-2022) project, is designed to promote an alternative migration governance model, that takes seriously the principles laid out in documents of the United Nations, in particular starting from the New York Declaration (NYD) and the S... Read more

Migrant camps in Europe: the Greek case in retrospective and the European migration regime

Migrant camps in Europe: the Greek case in retrospective and the European migration regime

On 5 November 2019, Dr. Panos Hatziprokopiou visited the University of Bonn and gave a lecture on “Migrant camps in Europe: the Greek case in retrospective and the European migration regime” in the context of the Lecture Series “Ankommen, Zurückkommen oder modernes Nomadentum - Arriving, Returning,... Read more

Meet TRAFIG researcher Joachim Ruhamya of the Congolese Team

Meet TRAFIG researcher Joachim Ruhamya of the Congolese Team

My name is Joachim Ruhamya Mugenzi. I work as teacher and researcher at the Institut Supérieur de Développement Rural (ISDR-Bukavu), where I am the Executive Director of CREGED - Centre de Recherche et d’Expetise en Genre et Développement (Research and Knowledge Centre on Gender and Development)... Read more

Can cross-border networks secure survival?

Can cross-border networks secure survival?

EU research project on transnational dimensions of forced displacement

Naila and her family have had to flee often. In 1990, they left their home town north of Kabul in Afghanistan to escape from the civil war. For three years, they sought refuge in a village near Jalalabad. Following a bomb atta... Read more