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Forced Migration and Organized Violence: A Comparative Study in Europe and the Americas


Freie Universität und Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Lateinamerika-Institut (FU) und Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaft (RUB)



01.08.2019 — 31.12.2025
Der Grenzwall zwischen Mexiko und den USA in der mexikanischen Grenzstadt Tijuana

Der Grenzwall zwischen Mexiko und den USA in der mexikanischen Grenzstadt Tijuana
Bildquelle: Pia Berghoff

Forced Migration and Organized Violence (ForMOVE) is a joint research project between the Faculty of Social Science at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the Institute for Latin American Studies (LAI) at Freie Universität Berlin. It will run from summer 2019 to the end of 2025.

The DFG funded project will compare and contrast forms of forced migration in its interrelation with organized violence. The project follows a transnational focus and comparison between the four transit countries Turkey, Jordan, Mexico and Colombia, respectively the two regions of Europe and the Americas.

It will employ diverse quantitative and qualitative methods such as ethnographic visits to immigrant shelters and organizations, narrative biographical interviews with migrants, and the conduction of a standardized longitudinal survey.

Our interdisciplinary and international team consists of researchers from Freie Universität Berlin and Ruhr-Universität Bochum. The team members based at the Institute for Latin American Studies of the Freie Universität Berlin work mainly about Mexico as a transit country whereas the team members of the Faculty of Social Science of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum focus on Turkey.