1. Forced Migration, Security and Conflict

This research theme focuses on the causes, consequences, and experiences of forced migrants. First, we explore the experiences of forced migrants in host countries, including their integration and transnational activities such as remittance behaviour and engagement with their country of origin. Second, we examine the conditions of forced migrants in host countries and relations with host communities. Third, we study the relationships between forced migration flows, labour market conditions and security in host countries and in home countries after return. Fourth, and overlapping with our research theme of return migration, our research includes both the perceptions and reintegration of forced migrants upon return, their multidimensional wellbeing and the sustainability of return migration in countries affected by conflict. Due to the policy relevance of this research theme, our researchers work in close collaboration with international organizations, NGOs and host and home country governments. The aim of our research on forced migration and conflict is to a) generate new knowledge on the causes, consequences and experiences of forced migrants, and b) enhance the effectiveness of policies that target forced migrants.

Contacts: Craig Loschmann and Melissa Siegel


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