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.

TRAFIG Fieldwork in Greece

TRAFIG Fieldwork in Greece

In Greece, the restrictions applied during Covid-19 pandemic along with the two new Laws adopted since the beginning of 2020, have further tightened migration controls, protection and reception systems, and asylum procedures. Although some expert interviews took place online in May, fieldwork in Gre... Read more

Meet TRAFIG Team member Eva Papatzani

Meet TRAFIG Team member Eva Papatzani

Meet Eva Papatzani, a member of the Greek TRAFIG research team at the School of Spatial Planning and Development, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (A.U.Th.). She is a PhD Candidate in Urban Social Geography at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Architecture of the National... Read more

Doing research on migration and asylum: Responsibilities and limits

Doing research on migration and asylum: Responsibilities and limits

On June 30, we kicked of the H2020 projects' joint webinar series ‘Zooming in on Migration and Asylum’ with a discussion on ‘Doing research on migration and asylum’. Triggered by recent publications by UNHCR and the IDMC, Carolien Jacobs (Leiden University) took the opportunity to reflect, on beh... Read more

Asylum reception during the pandemic: How can systems become more resilient?

Asylum reception during the pandemic: How can systems become more resilient?

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a number of far-reaching impacts on daily life across Europe, and asylum systems are no exception. With the outbreak, the accommodation of applicants and beneficiaries of international protection in reception facilities has posed several concerns related to the health and care of both residents and staff which have spurred a host of changes across European reception systems and facilities – with important implications for residents. Reception is a key first step in providing an effective solution to displacement for asylum seekers in Europe. It is not only part of a state’s obligation to provide protection and access to asylum, it is also the first entry point into receiving societies, providing orientation, accommodation and other key introductory services. Covid-19 has had a significant impact on both the functioning of reception systems and facilities and on the lives of asylum seekers and refugees in reception. Read more

Meet TRAFIG Team Member Muhammad Mudassar Javed from SHARP Pakistan

Meet TRAFIG Team Member Muhammad Mudassar Javed from SHARP Pakistan

Meet Muhammad Mudassar Javed, the director of TRAFIG partner SHARP-Pakistan. He has studied Social Anthropology and has worked for many years with refugees, asylum seekers, IDPs, prisoners, women and children. In his work, he focuses on expanding the reach and impact of the capacity building work... Read more

COVID-19 and its impact on displacement situations in Pakistan

COVID-19 and its impact on displacement situations in Pakistan

Notes on the challenges caused by COVID-19 and the pandemic's impact on displacement situations in Pakistan

The number of COVID-19 cases in Pakistan continues to grow. The total number reached 10,513 as of 23 April 2020, with 224 deaths. In urban areas, 3 registered Afghan refugees (02 in Peshaw... Read more

"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