Intensive Workshop on TRAFIG Research Methods in Jordan

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.

Dr. Momani discussed the case of Jordan, which has witnessed several waves of refugees, displaced persons, and forced migration from different countries. Jordan is now the second largest refugee host country per capita worldwide; doubtless that the Syrian refugee crisis is the most critical of them as it has had tremendous effects on Jordan. Thus, the TRAFIG project in Jordan will bring to light new information on Syrian refugees.

The workshop sessions were presented cooperatively between Drs. Tobin and Momani, in which they explained the qualitative and quantitative research methods that will be adopted by the project. Each method was explained with its general frame, examples and practical tips related to its implementation stage. The sessions were interactive in nature; the Jordanian researchers were encouraged to raise any questions, comments and queries, which resulted in lively discussion throughout the course of the workshop.

By the end of the workshop, Drs. Tobin and Momani explained the main duties that should be undertaken by the researchers in general and with particular relevance to specific TRAFIG themes. Dr. Tobin explained all the logistics, project time frame, and the legal issues related to the researchers and their role in the project. During the closure session; Dr. Momani renewed his gratitude to the EU for funding the TRAFIG project and for selecting Yarmouk University as their Jordanian partner. Further, Drs. Tobin and Momani expressed their confidence that the researchers will be able to undertake their duties well, particularly because all of them have experience in field research and they hold postgraduate degrees in relevant disciplines to the study.