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Thursday, 21 February 2019

New Research Project \ Trajectories of reintegration and social change

The voluntary return of refugees—e.g. to conflict areas—raises many questions about its sustainability and the medium- and long-term prospects of the returnees. A new research project of the peace and conflict research institute BICC investigates trajectories of reintegration and the impact of forced displacement, migration and return on social change in the Western Balkans, West Africa and the Middle East.

Map: BICC

The qualitative research project “Trajectories of reintegration: The impacts of displacement, migration and return on social change” is planned to last for three years. It provides a long-term investigation of the living conditions of returnees against the background of the socio-political context in the countries of origin, transit and in the receiving countries. "What is important for us are the different framework conditions in the context of reintegration - i.e. the stage of conflict or reconstruction as well as the perspectives that arise for the people", explains Markus Rudolf, BICC project manager. The researchers will also take into account demographic characteristics of returnees such as educational level, socio-cultural background, social class, age and gender, and networks of refugees when investigating reintegration processes.

The project will collect its own primary data in several months of field research in the Western Balkans, West Africa and the Middle East and evaluate statistics from international organisations. “The overall objective of our qualitative comparative analysis of long-term reintegration in different contexts is, thus, to generate empirical knowledge on the sustainability of these processes and to create a fact-based foundation for the development of guidelines for respective development cooperation initiatives”, Markus Rudolf points out.

The project “Trajectories of reintegration: The impacts of displacement, migration and return on social change” is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in the framework of its Special Initiative “Tackling the root causes of displacement, reintegrating refugees”.

Press release “Neues Forschungsprojekt \ Wiedereingliederung Geflüchteter und sozialer Wandel“ (pdf, in German)