Europe-Asia Research Platform on Forced Migration

Research Programs

Launched by IWM, in collaboration with Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (CRG) in Calcutta in June 2020, the research platform on Forced Migration places a particular focus on South Asia and its European-Asian Dimension. This collaboration advances cooperation between European and South Asian institutions and academics, while working toward innovative knowledge production on forced migration and border regimes.

The series of activities and workshops aim to enhance research capacity, facilitate exchange of knowledge, and policy expertise in forced migration studies in and between Europe and South Asia. Bringing together scholars, policy makers and practitioners from different disciplines and regions, the platform aspires to decentering Europe-focused scholarship, debates, and policies on forced migration.

Europe-Asia Research Platform on Forced Migration benefits from ongoing projects on Europe’s Futures, and networks evolving from workshops such as “The Global Compacts on Refugees and Migrants and the Architecture of Global Politics of Migration” organized in and by IWM as well as the research platform The Challenge of Urban Futures at the University of Vienna and Cities and Human Mobility Collaborative at the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at the New School for Social Research.

Watch and Listen

Round Table with Ranabir Samaddar, Alex Aleinikoff, Roger Zetter, and Ayşe Çağlar: Covid-19 Pandemic and the Spectral Presence of Migrant Workers and Refugees. Listen here

Lecture with Paula Banerjee and Sandro Mezzandra: Covid-19: Redrawn Borders, Redefined Lives. Watch here

Lecture with Samita Sen and Ranabir Samaddar: Covid-19: Public Health and the Sudden Visibility of Migrant Workers. Watch here

Partners and Collaborators

In partnership with IWM and MCRG.

It collaborates closely with Cities and Human Mobility Collaborative at the Zolberg Institute on Migration and MobilityNew School for Social Research and the research platform  The Challenge of Urban FuturesUniversity of Vienna.

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Forced Migration Seminar Series

The Seminar Series on Forced Migration is coordinated by Ana Ćuković at the University of Vienna. For more information please contact:


Heads of Project

Ayşe Çağlar
Permanent Fellow, IWM
Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna

Ranabir Samaddar
Distinguished Chair in Migration and Forced Migration Studies, Calcutta Research Group


  • Thinking Through Migration, -
  • Eastern European Temporary Migrants: Fault Lines of Differential Inclusion in the EU Labour and Mobility Regimes, -
  • Territorial Differentiation of Refugee Protection in the Aegean Sea, -
  • Migrants' Access to Healthcare in Turkey, -
  • Forced Displacement and Access to the Labour Market: The Case of Gaziantep, -
  • Migration Industries and Transnational Governance of Queer Migration in Turkey, -
  • Eastern European Temporary Migrants: Fault Lines of Differential Inclusion in the EU Labour and Mobility Regimes, -
  • Forced Migrants, Gender, and Race in a Satellite City, -
  • Thinking Through Migration, -