Contact person:
Josepha Wessels
  • Swedish Research Council
Responsible at MaU:
Josepha Wessels
Collaborators :
  • Ellen Lust - University of Gothenburg
  • Kristen Kao - University of Gothenburg
  • Isabell Schierenbeck - University of Gothenburg
  • Mine Eder - Koc University
  • Göteborgs universitet
  • Yarmouk University
  • Koc University
  • Andrea Spehar Göteborgs universitet (project manager)
Time frame:
02 September 2019 - 01 September 2025

About the project

Migration is primarily an urban phenomenon and one that creates new economic, social and political challenges. This research program asks how urban municipalities address forced migration, considering how it not only changes the social composition of neighbourhoods but also influences norms and behaviours within them. The program will implement collaborative research projects in cities hosting influxes of Syrian refugees in Jordan, Sweden, and Turkey. This program provides an infrastructure for collaboration between international scholars with expertise in migration studies, political science, and anthropology in Sweden and the Middle East. Using innovative methods including large N surveys, elite interviews, urban ethnography, and experiments using virtual reality 360-video technology, this program investigates and analyzes the nexus between political and social institutions in shaping processes of integration and fills a critical gap in migration studies.

Hosted at the Centre on Global Migration (CGM), School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg (UG), it consolidates collaboration with the Program on Governance and Local Development (UG),  the School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University and the Migration Research Centre at Koc University, Istanbul.