In November 2018, GLD and its partners were awarded a 17.9 million SEK (approx. 2 million USD) grant to study the integration of Syrian refugees in Jordan, Turkey, and Sweden. Kristen Kao (GLD, University of Gothenburg) and Andrea Spehar (University of Gothenburg) serve as Co-Principal Investigators, with Ellen Lust (GLD, University of Gothenburg), Isabell Schierenbeck (University of Gothenburg), Mine Eder (Bogazici University), and Josepha Wessels (Malmö University) assisting.
Migration is primarily an urban phenomenon and one that creates new economic, social and political challenges. This program examines how urban municipalities address forced migration, focusing on changes to neighbourhoods' social compositions and influences on norms and behaviours therein. The program will implement a series of collaborative research projects in cities hosting influxes of Syrian refugees in Jordan, Sweden, and Turkey.
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This project asks how urban municipalities address forced migration as well the effects of changes in neighborhood compositions on the social norms and behaviors of refugee and host population members. SIPGI implements collaborative research projects in cities hosting Syrian refugees in Jordan, Sweden, and Turkey. The project fills a critical gap in migration studies through its innovative methods – including large N surveys, elite interviews, urban ethnography, and field experiments with virtual reality 360-video technology. The project also provides an infrastructure for collaboration between international scholars with expertise in migration studies, political science, and anthropology in Sweden and the Middle East. SIPGI is a collaborative effort between GLD, the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg, the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University, and the Migration Research Centre at Koc University, Istanbul.
SIPGI is hosted at the Centre on Global Migration (CGM) at the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg (GU), in collaboration with the Program on Governance and Local Development (GU), the School of Arts and Communication (K3), Faculty of Culture and Society at Malmö University, and the Migration Research Centre at Koc University, Istanbul.
This project is supported by the Refugee Migration and Cities: Social Institutions, Political Governance and Integration in Jordan, Turkey, and Sweden grant (Swedish Research Council - 2018-03700), PIs: Kristen Kao and Andrea Spehar.