Forced migration


The interrelationship between forced displacement and civil wars is a crucial topic for the interplay between societal change and organized violence. BICC conducts empirical research on internally displaced people's and refugees' mobility- and survival strategies as well as on their transnational networks. We 'follow' the refugees in our research, focusing on displaced people in regions of civil war (Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, Afghanistan/Pakistan), in zones of transit as well as in Germany.  We also look into causes of displacement, forced immobility and approaches to protracted displacement. In the framework of these topics, BICC also conducts research on topics, such as the nexus between humanitarian aid and development cooperation, on border regimes and governance as well as the political economy of forced displacement, integration and employment. Our insights gained in this field are based on intensive fieldwork that captures the prospects and practices of refugees.

Furthermore, the nature of our applied research is characterized by transdisciplinary interaction with researchers, politicians and practitioners. In our work, we not only contribute to academic debates but give direct advice to policymakers in our analyses and recommendations.

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