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.

"Some things should be kept unclear"

Researching Congolese in The Netherlands

By Catherina Wilson, Oussama El Khairi and Sapin Makengele, 11.04.2022

A small team from Leiden University undertook exploratory research amongst the Congolese community in The Netherlands to better understand both their local embeddedness and their trans... Read more

Whole-COMM

Whole-COMM

Whole-COMM is a new Horizon 2020 project which aims to study integration policies targeting post-2014 migrants in small and medium-sized towns and rural areas.

Immigrant integration is an increasingly salient issue in contemporary Europe and beyond. While we know a lot about integration policie... Read more

Meet TRAFIG Team member Simone Christ

Meet TRAFIG Team member Simone Christ

Meet Simone Christ, who managed the TRAFIG fieldwork in Germany implemented by the Bonn International Center for Conflict Studies (BICC), and find out more about her experience, her motivation and her work in the TRAFIG project.

Four years ago, we at BICC, in collaboration with our partners, responded to a call by the European Union asking for alternative solutions and innovative ideas for tackling protracted displacement. In our previous research projects on displacement, we saw how people relied on their own resources—particularly connectivity and mobility—to escape protracted displacement despite adverse and constraining conditions. This is where we wanted to start: How can displaced people use mobility and connectivity as resources to get out of the precarious living conditions and the enduring situation of limbo they experience in protracted displacement? Four years later, I can now look at these aspects from the perspective of refugees in Germany, as I led the German case study ... Read more

All for a Bag!

All for a Bag!

By Catherina Wilson (Leiden University)

Letting it be: Congolese in The Netherlands

On a cold, winter afternoon in early 2021, I visited Philo (all names have been anonymized), a Congolese lady, at her place. We had been introduced by an acquaintance a couple of months before. Around the same time, I was to start research on Congolese migrants in The Netherlands and I was eager to interview Philo for this purpose. During previous encounters, she had shown interest in participating. Read more

Meet TRAFIG Team member Bishara Msallam

Meet TRAFIG Team member Bishara Msallam

I wish I could do more

Meet Bishara Msallam - Program Officer (Legal and Community Empowerment) at DIGNITY Kwanza - and find out more about her experience, her motivation and her work in the TRAFIG project.

I am Bishara Msallam, an advocate working with DIGNITY Kwanza, a Tanzanian NGO that i... Read more

BRIDGES: Assessing the production and impact of migration narratives

BRIDGES: Assessing the production and impact of migration narratives

BRIDGES: assessing the production and impact of migration narratives” is a Horizon 2020 project that analyses the causes and consequences of narratives in a context of increasing polarisation and politicisation around migration issues in Europe. The project pursues a three-fold objective: Read more

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The camp and the city: Insights from a multi-stakeholder community consultation in the port of Lavrio in Attica (Greece)

The camp and the city: Insights from a multi-stakeholder community consultation in the port of Lavrio in Attica (Greece)

by Filyra Vlastou Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Introduction and context

During June and July 2021, the Greek team carried out a set of multi-stakeholder community consultations (MSCC) in the port of Lavrio. The small town of more than 7,000 inhabitants in southern Attica had hosted th... Read more

Which solutions for displaced people?

Which solutions for displaced people?

Insights from a multi-stakeholder community consultation in the city of Cuneo, in the Piedmont region (Italy)

By Pietro Cingolani (FIERI)

Introduction and context

On Friday, 23 May 2021, the Forum of International and European Research on Immigration (FIERI) team organised a multi-stakeh... Read more

Forced displacement in 2021: much to commemorate, little to celebrate

Forced displacement in 2021: much to commemorate, little to celebrate

Published in the OECD Blog series 'Development matters'

It is primarily the responsibility of states to provide durable solutions to people in protracted displacement. A state-centred approach, however, risk underestimating or even disregarding the ambitions and capacities of displaced people the... Read more

Connecting the dots: Understanding community sponsorship as a network

Connecting the dots: Understanding community sponsorship as a network

By Caitlin Katsiaficas and Martin Wagner (ICMPD)

The momentum behind the community sponsorship of refugees has been building steadily in Europe, in parallel with growing global interest in this approach. The conflict in Syria has spurred several states to take action, with Belgium, France, Germ... Read more

MIGNEX - Aligning Migration Management and the Migration–Development Nexus

MIGNEX - Aligning Migration Management and the Migration–Development Nexus

One of the largest-ever EU-funded research projects on migration, MIGNEX aims to help tackle the challenges of global migration with a long-term vision for better outcomes. We seek a better understanding of how migration and development affect each other and of the roles that policy can play. The... Read more

Meet TRAFIG Team member Rola Faris Al-Massad

Meet TRAFIG Team member Rola Faris Al-Massad

Meet Rola Faris Al-Massad - a member of the TRAFIG research team at Yarmouk University, Jordan - and find out more about her experience, her motivation and her work in the TRAFIG project.

I am Rola Faris Al-Massad, a Ph.D student in Psychological Counseling at the Faculty of Education at Yarmou... Read more

Doing field research during a Pandemic: what TRAFIG researchers in Italy have learned

Doing field research during a Pandemic: what TRAFIG researchers in Italy have learned

By Giulia Gonzales, Floriana Russo, Yonas Sium and Emanuela Roman, FIERI – Forum of International and European Research on Immigration

Between September 2020 and February 2021, the FIERI team implemented the TRAFIG survey in Italy. The survey was carried out by three interviewers, Giulia Gonzale... Read more

Considering kin and countrymen – challenges to social networks among Syrians in Tripoli, Lebanon

Considering kin and countrymen – challenges to social networks among Syrians in Tripoli, Lebanon

by Robert Forster

Since the 1990s, Youssef had earned a good living in Damascus. He and his brother owned a series of artisan workshops in addition to over 20 apartments that they rented out in a lower-income neighbourhood to the south of the city centre. He and his wife raised three boys and eigh... Read more

Forced migration as a fragmented process: (Im)mobility in Una-Sana Canton, Bosnia

Forced migration as a fragmented process: (Im)mobility in Una-Sana Canton, Bosnia

Insights from field research at the EU external border in Bosnia and Herzegovina

by Philipp Themann

The Bosnian Canton Una-Sana at the European Union's external border is currently the end of the line for thousands of refugees. With the devastating fire in Camp Lipa just before Christmas, thei... Read more