Forced Displacement—Research and Transfer: Approaches from peace & conflict studies




  • Migration and Forced Displacement

Since 2015, the topics of “forced displacement” and “refugees” have been predominant topics of discussion in German and European politics, in the media and in the societies as a whole. These discussions show the urgent need of scientific expertise for political decision-makers in Europe, on the national, but also on the local level. At the same time, the academic field of ‘forced migration / refugee studies’ in Germany is characterized by great divisions and institutional diversity.
The project lies at the nexus of research and policy advice and has the following three goals:

  • to establish research networks and provide a state-of-the-art overview of refugee studies—in particular in Germany,


  • to pool the knowledge on forced migration, refugee politics as well as reception, integration and return,



  • to transfer that knowledge into politics, administration, civil society, the media and the public.

The project will run for two years and is conducted in co-operation with the Institute for Migration and Integration Studies (IMIS) at the University of Osnabrück.
It is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.


Project Leader

Project Team


  • BMBF - Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Duration of project

2016 until 2018


Grawert, E.

Rückkehr und Reintegration Geflüchteter (State-of-Research Papier 11).

IMIS/BICC , Osnabrück (2018)


Grawert, E.

Rückkehr und Reintegration Geflüchteter konstruktiv begleiten (Policy Brief series No. 11).

IMIS/BICC , Osnabrück (2018)


Kleist, J.

Flucht- und Flüchtlingsforschung in Deutschland: Akteure, Themen und Strukturen (State-of-Research Papier 01).

IMIS/BICC , Osnabrück (2018)


Etzold, B., & Schimpl, H., & Hamm, ., & Sonnack, .

Dokumentation: "Lokale Konflikte um die Aufnahme und Unterbringung von Geflüchteten: Welchen Beitrag leisten Bürgerbeteiligung und Konfliktmediation vor Ort?".

BICC , Bonn (2017)