The German Network of Forced Migration Researchers

is a multi-disciplinary network of academics in Germany with a focus on forced migration, refuge and asylum, as well as international academics focusing on these issues with regard to Germany. We collect and distribute relevant information about researchers, research projects and publications. Our objective is to enhance the academic exchange and collaboration between scholars in Refugee Studies in Germany. The network aims at advancing research on forced migration, furthering an academic debate on the issues of forced migration, refuge and asylum and promoting the public and practical relevance of Refugee Studies.

The network was established by J. Olaf Kleist, Nora Markard and Jochen Oltmer in June 2013 in Berlin, following a conference on the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the German asylum law reform of 1993.

Since February 2015, the network has its own blog, which is edited by Marcus Engler and Ulrike Krause.

Since April 2015, the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – DFG) supports the associated academic network on fundamental issues of forced migration studies ‘Grundlagen der Flüchtlingsforschung’.

Since 2016 The German Journal for Refugee Studies (Z’Flucht: Zeitschrift für Flüchtlingsforschung) is published in collaboration with Netzwerk Flüchtlingsforschung.

In 2017 the Young Refugee Researchers group was founded.

In October 2018 the network was renamed “Netzwerk Fluchtforschung” (Network Forced Migration Studies) by its members  (from “Netzwerk Flüchtlingsforschung”, “Network Refugee Studies”), and established as a non-profit association (eingetragener Verein).

The network homepage is primarily in German. If you require more information in English, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the relevant co-ordinators listed below.

For inquiries about international collaboration please contact our Task Force on Global Research Collaboration in Forced Migration Studies.

Network Steering Committee

Working groups

The thematic working groups are coordinated by members of the network. An overview of existing working groups with contact details can be found here.

Contact Netzwerk Flüchtlingsforschung


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