Call for Papers: Complexities and Challenges in Afghan Migration Research and Policy Event, 8-9 April 2013, Brussels

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

The Event

The IS Academy Migration and Development: A World in Motion project is hosting a two-day event on Afghan migration. The first day of the event will focus on the state-of-the-art in research on migration from and in Afghanistan. The second day will be a policy debate on return migration to Afghanistan and unaccompanied minors in Europe from Afghanistan. The results of the first day will inform the discussions at the policy debate on the second day.

Day 1: Research Day

Afghanistan has been host to the largest refugee crisis in the history of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. Over six million refugees have returned to the country since 2001. Although refugee movements have subsided, migration to and from Afghanistan has continued in various forms. Today, the largest number of unaccompanied minors in European states originates from Afghanistan, labour flows to Iran from Afghanistan have continued at high rates, and irregular movements continue as Afghans continue to seek to migrate to Europe. There are many questions for the future of migration to and from Afghanistan, and with the removal of the NATO troops and a possible increase in insecurity in the country, it is reasonable to assume that migration flows will only increase.  At the same time, the policy response has been focused on return – whether the voluntary repatriation of refugees, the voluntary return of other migrants through temporary or permanent schemes, assisted or non-assisted, and through enforced returns or deportations. How can these seemingly conflicting trends be understood and appraised?

This event seeks to bring together scholars, policy makers, and other interested parties to discuss the current state-of-the-art in migration to and from Afghanistan. Topics to be covered include:

•       Temporary and permanent return migration

•       Assisted Voluntary Return

•       Unaccompanied minors

•       Regional migration dynamics

•       Circular migration

•       Asylum and Refugees

•       The role of UN agencies, international and national NGOs

•       Afghan diaspora and transnationalism

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts of up to 250 words are to be submitted by 8 February 2013.

Notifications of acceptance by 28 February 2013.

Please send a paper title and abstract, including your name, title, and institution to:<>

For more information please visit:

Day 2: Policy Day

The policy debate will consist of invited speakers from governments and research institutes in the EU region, civil society and international organizations. The central question of the policy event is: In what way should there be EU-Afghan cooperation in the field of asylum and migration?

Participants from the research day are welcome to attend the policy day and are encouraged to participate in the open forums. A more detailed agenda for the policy day will be posted on the above website soon.

IS Academy: Migration and Development Project The IS Academy: Migration and Development Project is a five year study funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs that focuses on evidenced based research for policy making. The project focuses on the five countries of: Afghanistan, Burundi, Ethiopia and Morocco, and these four groups in the Netherlands. In 2011, a survey was administered by the University of Maastricht’s Graduate School of Governance and its research partner, Samuel Hall Consulting (, with 2000 households in Afghanistan on migration and development for this project. Some of the results from this survey will be presented and shared at the conference.


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