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AG Internationale Vernetzung

Task Force Global Research Collaboration in Forced Migration Studies

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Die AG Global Research Collaboration/ Internationale Vernetzung besitzt folgende Zielsetzungen:

  • Vernetzung mit anderen nationalen, regionalen und internationalen Netzwerken der Flüchtlingsforschung./ Bildung von strategischen Partnerschaften im Feld der Internationalen Flüchtlingsforschung. Initiierung einer offiziellen Partnerschaft mit der Canadian Association of Refugee and Forced Migrations Studies (CARMFS)
  • Unterstützung von internationalen und komparativen Forschungsprojekten der Flüchtlingsforschung. Insbesondere Vernetzung zu Akteuren der Flüchtlingsforschung im globalen Kontext.
  • Zugang zu internationalen Kontakten anderer Mitglieder des Netzwerks ermöglichen
  • Entwurf forschungsethischer Standards für internationale Zusammenarbeit in der Flüchtlingsforschung
  • Vermittlung von Kontakten in Herkunfts- und Erstaufnahmeländern von Geflüchteten

Global forced displacement has increased considerably in the last decade. The related social and economic challenges emerging from this movement of people seeking protection creates a need for solutions on a national and global level. The worldwide impact of these challenges, the lack of answers drawn from previous experience, and the lack of evidence-based knowledge in the refugee debate creates momentum for an international approach in refugee research. Forced migration studies cannot longer be bound to a national context and researchers need to understand the phenomena related to refugees and forced displacement in a transnational context.

The task force on global research collaborations therefore aims at:

  • Linking international networks and creating strategic partnerships with other international networks and associations in forced migration and refugee studies. Initiating an official partnership with the Canadian Association of Refugee and Forced Migrations Studies (CARMFS)
  • Fostering global research coalitions and support international and comparative research projects through providing contacts to stakeholders internationally
  • Providing access to international contacts of other members within the network refugee research
  • Drafting ethical framework for international research projects on refugees and forced migration and collaborating with other institutions concerned with this topic

As task force on global collaboration we plan to invite other networks and associations such as the International Association on Forced Migration Studies (IASFM) and the Canadian Association on Forced migration and Refugee Studies (CARFMS) for building strategic partnerships with the German network on refugee research. Through these partnerships we hope to foster international and comparative research in forced displacement. Furthermore, we aim to assess international networks and collaborations within the members of the network for refugee research in a short survey to provide access to these international contacts.

The considerable growth in refugee research and the specific vulnerability and marginalization of research participants highlights the need for a research ethic and a more sophisticated approach in ethical assessments. Given the differences in ethics assessment practice and expectations that are imposed on the ethical researcher in Europe, Canada, and North America it is not surprising that ethical evaluations differ substantially across cultures. Considering all these challenges implementing ethical research with refugees seems to be following different standards. In the absence of clear global guidelines or frameworks it leaves the ethical assessment up to the discretion of the researcher which is counter to the concept of global ethics standards.

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