Migration

Around 80 million people have been forcibly displaced by war or political violence worldwide. Several millions more have fled because of environmental disasters and socio-economic marginalisation. As there is no immediate end in sight to this steadily increasing global trend, forced migration is one of the central challenges in world politics today. We focus on the background of this phenomenon in the regions of origin.


  • GIGA Talk | 11/01/2022

    Labour Migration in the Gulf – Building Wealth on Precarity

    Migrant workers live in precarious conditions in the Persian Gulf region. Migration regulations prevent naturalisation; for many, however, the region is a second home. This GIGA Talk offers analysis of the structural problems in the regional labour market and a discussion of the consequences for international cooperation.

    GIGA Focus Nahost | 6/2021

    Ageing, Temporary Migrants: Life beyond Retirement in Dubai

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE), while exhibiting one of the highest shares of migrant workers in its national work force globally, has very restrictive immigration policies. In this GIGA Focus, the Author analyses transnational inequalities premised on citizenship and social security in the Global South.

    Dr. İdil Akıncı

    Visiting Fellow

    Panel Discussion | 09/11/2021

    Climate Migration: Implications for Peace Policy

    In order to maintain sustainable peace in times of global warming, German foreign policy must recognise the connection between climate change, migration and conflict and develop approaches to solutions. IFSH and GIGA jointly invite all interested parties to a digital discussion event.

    GIGA Focus Nahost | 5/2021

    How EU Pressure Hampers Circular Migration between Niger and Libya

    Under pressure from its European partners, the Nigerien government has prohibited Nigeriens to transport international migrants north from Agadez towards Libya or Algeria. This law does not only affect international migrants, but also the local population, as this analysis shows.

    Mattea Weihe

    Mounkaila Abdou

    Research Project | 01/09/2020 - 31/08/2022

    Teaching Immigration in European Schools

    Migration has always been an intrinsic part of human societies across the globe. People have been mobile to lead a nomadic life, to explore the planet, to flee persecution and violence, to find work, or to pursue education. Yet, migration is often dealt with as a side-topic in school curricula. This stands in stark contrast to its omnipresence in public debates. This project brings academic knowledge of migration to European classrooms to convey a more comprehensive understanding of migration and hereby foster students’ critical thinking.
    National Geographic, 2020-2022

    GIGA Working Paper | German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) | 08/2020

    State(s) of Negotiation: Drivers of Forced Migration Governance in Most of the World

    Focusing on North Africa, the Middle East, and the Horn of Africa, this paper offers an analytical framework to better understand forced migration governance across space and time from a more global, pluralist perspective in a logic of iterative theory-building.

    Cooperation Event | 30/06/2020

    Webinar Series "Zooming in on Migration and Asylum"

    With its launch back-to-back with the World Refugee Day 2020, this webinar series draws upon the research teams involved in different H2020 projects and their respective findings. The webinars was held once a month from June 2020, with the lead rotating between partners.

    Chapter in edited Volume | 12/2020

    Mobility and Climate Justice in the Mashriq

    This volume offers fresh perspectives on the relationship between climate change and human migration, questioning the pessimistic prisms of ‘security’ and market-oriented approaches to ‘adaptation’ that currently guide policy.


    Research Project | 01/06/2021 - 30/11/2021

    A Different Kind of Refugee: A Case Study of the Emirates’ Syrian Migrants Seeking Citizenship in Europe

    In the absence of access to citizenship rights and permanent residencies in the Gulf States, Syrian migrants of the Gulf are increasingly seeking alternative permanencies elsewhere. Through an ethnography in Berlin and Hamburg, this project aims to explore how Syrians, born and raised in the UAE, navigate the ‘asylum seeking route’ to Western Europe, taking into consideration the situation in Syria and its effects upon their relationship to citizenship and future plans, within the Gulf and Europe. AvH, 2021

    Dr. İdil Akıncı

    Visiting Fellow

    GIGA Focus Nahost | 5/2021

    How EU Pressure Hampers Circular Migration between Niger and Libya

    Under pressure from its European partners, the Nigerien government has prohibited Nigeriens to transport international migrants north from Agadez towards Libya or Algeria. This law does not only affect international migrants, but also the local population, as this analysis shows.

    Mattea Weihe

    Mounkaila Abdou

    Routledge Studies in the History of the Americas | 09/2021

    From Victimization to Political Action? Understanding the (Un)Existing Political Participation of Central American Immigrants in Mexico

    Indi-Carolina Kryg

    Office of the President / Doctoral Researcher

    GIGA Talk | 11/01/2022

    Labour Migration in the Gulf – Building Wealth on Precarity

    Migrant workers live in precarious conditions in the Persian Gulf region. Migration regulations prevent naturalisation; for many, however, the region is a second home. This GIGA Talk offers analysis of the structural problems in the regional labour market and a discussion of the consequences for international cooperation.

    GIGA Forum | 11/01/2022

    Labour Migration in the Gulf – Building Wealth on Precarity

    Migrant workers live in precarious conditions in the Persian Gulf region. Migration regulations prevent naturalisation; for many, however, the region is a second home. This GIGA Forum offers analysis of the structural problems in the regional labour market and a discussion of the consequences for international cooperation.

    Panel Discussion | 09/11/2021

    Climate Migration: Implications for Peace Policy

    In order to maintain sustainable peace in times of global warming, German foreign policy must recognise the connection between climate change, migration and conflict and develop approaches to solutions. IFSH and GIGA jointly invite all interested parties to a digital discussion event.

    Welt | Quote | 27/08/2021

    Merkels Bekämpfung der Fluchtursachen – die ernüchternde Bilanz

    Dr. Christian von Soest

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of RP 2

    Deutsche Welle | Quote | 09/06/2021

    Wie die USA Einwanderung verhindern wollen

    Indi-Carolina Kryg

    Office of the President / Doctoral Researcher

    11/01/2022

    Labour Migration in the Gulf – Building Wealth on Precarity

    11/01/2022

    23/08/2021

    Climate Change, Human Mobility, Violent Conflict

    Federal Foreign Office Berlin: 23/08/2021

    30/06/2021 - 03/07/2021

    Climate and Mobility Justice in the Mashriq

    Conference 30/06/2021 - 03/07/2021

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