The impact of Covid-19 restrictions on the lives of applicants and beneficiaries of international protection in reception in select European countries
Private Stakeholder Meeting
9 June 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a number of far-reaching impacts on daily life across Europe, and asylum systems are no exception. In this context, the accommodation of applicants and beneficiaries of international protection in reception settings poses many concerns related to the health and care of residents and staff. Since the outbreak, a variety of measures have been put in place in different reception systems and centres, including restrictions on movement, quarantines, the pausing of education- and work-related activities, and bans on or separate accommodation for new arrivals. The c... Read more
H2020 Webinar series
A number of EU-funded Horizon 2020 research and innovation projects focus on migration and asylum, issues which remain at the top of the agenda for European policymakers and publics alike. In this new webinar series, we join forces to expand our collective knowledge base on some of today’s most pressing dynamics, including protracted displacement, the notion of crisis in the field of migration and asylum, internal displacement, refugee-driven solutions, and alternatives to current migration governance. The series aims to facilitate evidence-based discussions and action at multiple levels.
TRAFIG, ADMIGOV, MAGYC, and MIGNEX are co-organizing the webinar series. We invite other H2020 projects in the field of migration and displacement research to contribute as well. Please contact us, if you wish to provide insights from your project. Read more
Webinar: Corona-prevention and Syrian Refugees in Jordan
- Webinar, University of Bergen
On 9th of February 2020, the first interactive TRAFIG stakeholder workshop took place in Irbid, Jordan. It kicked off a series of events in the TRAFIG focus countries. This first workshop aimed at discussing viable policy options and good practices and thereby supporting the identification of possible solutions to protracted displacement. Organised by Yarmouk University in cooperation with BICC, CMI and ICMPD, it further built on the preliminary research results of the TRAFIG project. The workshop participants were invited to contribute to the analysis of these results.
At the opening of the workshop, the vice-president for administrative affairs of Yarmouk University, Prof. Anis Khasawneh, addressed in his welcome remarks the significance of the Syrian crisis for Jordan as a major h... Read more
The preparation of the European part of the TRAFIG fieldwork started with a workshop held in Torino, Italy on 21-22 October 2019. The workshop was organised and hosted by the Forum of International and European Research on Immigration (FIERI) – leader of TRAFIG Work Package 6, which investigates protracted displacement in Europe. The whole FIERI team involved in the TRAFIG project participated in the workshop together with the project coordinator Benjamin Etzold from BICC (Germany). In addition, Panos Hatziprokopiou and Eva Papatzani from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) – the other WP6 partner – participated via Skype on the first day of the workshop. Read more
Is there protracted displacement in the European Union?
… asked Albert Kraler, partner of the TRAFIG consortium at the CEASEVAL Project Final Conference “Refuge Europe – a question of solidarity?” at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany, on 1st October, 2019.
The TRAFIG project took another opportunity to present, test and discuss the TRAFIG concept and some preliminary findings in the framework of the final conference of the CEASEVAL project – a sister H2020 project – on 1 and 2 October 2019 in Chemnitz, Germany. The Conference titled “Refuge Europe – a question of solidarity?” focused on asylum in the European context thematising questions of harmonisation and solidarity within the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and how everyday borders impact the lives of asylum seekers and refugees in the EU. Read more
TRAFIG’s Congo team started the empirical research of Workpackage 4 with a workshop in Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu province, located in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo beginning of September 2019. In contrast to the other countries under study of TRAFIG, the focus in DRC is not on refugees, but on internally displaced persons (IDPs) that seek refuge within their own country. In South Kivu province, there are no IDP camps, which means that people seek shelter within host communities. Upon arrival in these communities, they are often hosted for the first days or weeks by relatives or friends. Read more
Yarmouk University and CMI hosted an intensive workshop July 30th and 31st 2019 that aimed to shed light on the main research methods that will be adopted by the TRAFIG project. The workshop presented an overview of the project objectives, main hypotheses, main themes, methods, and the desired outputs of the project. Drs. Sarah Tobin and Fawwaz Momani discussed the project activities being implemented in eight countries in Africa, Middle East, and Europe, and they also discussed that the project targets refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and protracted displacement (PDS), investigating their transnational connectivity and mobility. Read more
TRAFIG panel on responsibility sharing and solutions to protracted displacement at the 16th Annual IMISCOE Conference in Malmö (27-29 June, 2019)
A panel organised by members of the TRAFIG consortium at this year’s Annual Conference of the IMISCOE Research network in Malmö (Sweden) provided an opportunity to present the TRAFIG concept, to discuss the role of mobility in ensuring broader access to (durable) solutions and to critically examine various aspects of “active refugee admission policies”, including through resettlement and complementary pathways. The discussions of the panel specifically informed about ongoing work on the governance of displacement. Read more
The University of Sussex (Brighton, UK) was the chosen location for a gathering of several TRAFIG members over a couple of days (5-6 June 2019). Colleagues from across Europe, with several others from around the globe joining virtually, met to discuss the progress so far in Work Package 3, which is dedicated to analysing the governance of displacement. We heard presentations on the draft reports from Pakistan, Jordan, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Italy and Greece. We discussed in particular overarching policy trends in a cross-country comparison, and how these reports will inform our empirical work in the near future. Read more
The policy roundtable “What solutions for Protracted Displacement?” was organised on May 22, 2019 in Brussels by the International Centre for Migration and Policy Development (ICMPD) and BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion). This event provided a space for 36 participants from a variety of sectors, including EU institutions, governments, civil society organizations, think-tanks, and academia to discuss possible policy options and solutions to protracted displacement. During the event, stakeholders contributed to the discussion with their perspectives and knowledge on policy development and perspectives on how to address the needs of refugees and IDP’s in conjunction to their host communities. Read more