Social and Political Participation of Refugees: Transnational and Biographical Perspectives
In this panel we will focus on the social and political participation of refugees from a transnational as well as a biographical perspective. Even though there are rarely formal barriers of social and political participation of refugees, most of the refugees are social and politically active in diverse fields on local as well as transnational level. However, there exists a research gap regarding the social and political participation of refugees as well as its gendered dimensions.
We are inviting papers based on biographical case studies of social and political participation of refugees. Above all, the following questions should be discussed: What are the resources, opportunities and barriers for social and political participation of refugees on the local, national and transnational level? How is individual or collective agency and opportunities for participation influenced not only by the structures of migration societies in a globalized world but by the biographical resources and strategies of the refugees as well? What are methodological challenges for using biographical methods in the research field of refugees’ social and political participation?