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As a PhD researcher, I study the role of refugee camps in conflict mobilities, focusing especially on Uganda's Nakivale Refugee Settlement. I work on issues of conflict mobility, refugee and camp history, the refugee research industry, repatriation and circular return. Take also a look at the website of our new research collective (Silent) Voices from the Field. => => (Silent) Voices is a collective of researchers from the field of development and (post-)conflict studies working in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe who strive for an open dialogue on the practice of transnational collaboration in academic field research. ::::::::::: https://www.gicnetwork.be/silent-voices-about/
Th is article examines the migration-asylum nexus in the microcosm of Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya by focusing on refugees and asylum seekers who move onward from a first refuge, in Central-East Africa. By drawing on qualitative ethnographic field research in Kakuma, the article outlines how such "secondary movements" cause many anxieties, as the d...
Issue 3 of the Congo Research Briefs presents a condensed and early analysis of dynamics of secrecy and concealment in relation to the circular movements of Congolese refugees between Nakivale and eastern DRC. In this paper, the realities that Nakivale’s inhabitants present to the “outside world” allow a better understanding of the role and positio...
This paper is one of the outputs of the WOTRO funded project "Returning to Stability" and aims to contribute to the emerging debate on the political dimensions of return by focusing on the sudden ‘spontaneous’ return of 11,6001 Congolese refugees who were forced back from exile in South Sudan to their home areas in Faradje, in northeast DRC. This i...
Almost twenty years on from the decade of voluntary repatriation, Jolien Tegenbos and Koen Vlassenroot explore how scholarly understanding of the process of ‘return’ has evolved and how it has largely been determined by policy priorities.
Focus on the political dimensions of refugee return in 3 key areas: Faradje (DRC's Haut-Uélé province), Kalehe (DRC's South Kivu province) and Burundi. The project “Returning to Stability” was funded by NW-WOTRO Science for Global Development and resulted in a report, an interactive map and 2 research briefs based on two months of fieldwork in 2019 in each key area by research teams that are based in the focus areas. REPORT: http://refugee-rights.org/new-report-returning-to-stability-refugee-returns-in-the-great-lakes-region/ The project was a collaboration between the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) in Kampala, Uganda; Actions pour la Promotion Rurale (APRu) in Faradje, DRC; Groupes d'Etudes sur les Conflits et la Sécurité Humaine (GEC-SH) at the Center for University Research of Kivu (ISP-Bukavu) in Bukavu, DRC; an organization in Burundi; and the Conflict Research Group (CRG) at Ghent University in Belgium.
(Silent) Voices is a collective of researchers from the field of development and (post-)conflict studies working in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe who strive for an open dialogue on the practice of transnational collaboration in academic field research. https://www.gicnetwork.be/silent-voices-about/