At the Peer-to-Peer Migration Politics Colloquium promising early-stage researchers present the current status of their work and discuss ideas and challenges of their research projects. At the last colloquium meetings these researchers, among others, have presented their work:
Hannah Pool is a doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. Her dissertation focuses on how social relationships and economic interactions facilitate mobility in undocumented migration trajectories from Afghanistan to Germany. Her research is based on qualitative interviews and a multi-sited ethnography in Iran, Turkey, Greece, Bosnia, and Germany.
Valentin is a research assistant at the Integrative Research Institute Law & Society at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In his PhD project „Home of the Others” Valentin studies the application of Country of Origin Information (COI) in asylum appeal adjudication in Germany. Due to evidentiary uncertainty, courts apply different forms of extrajudicial knowledge and become, thus, both knowledge-producing and knowledge-processing institutions. The project examines the use of COI in refugee status determination in administrative courts in Germany. Drawing on an interdisciplinary socio-legal perspective, the research contributes to the overarching question as to how the interpretative work of judicial institutions fulfills not only a legal but also a political role.
Zekarias is a doctoral researcher at Bielefeld Graduate school in History and Sociology (BGHS) at Bielefeld University, Germany. In his PhD research Project “Migrants’ Remittances and Rural Livelihood: Concomitant considerately? Evidence from the Rural Ethiopia”, Zekarias studies the association of remittance and livelihood. He explores how remittances (in the form of cash, kind even ideas, beliefs, and experience) sent by Ethiopian immigrants in Europe, the USA, South Africa back to their families, and communities are impacting the livelihood of households and communities in the country of the origin.
Contact: abel.zekarias [at] uni-bielefeld.de