21. Nov 2020
 —  CET

Lessons Learned, Best Practices, Outlook

  • Soner Ö. Barthoma
  • Önver A. Cetrez

In the final session of the conference we will highlight the most prominent findings of the RESPOND research that has been conducted in the last three years. When we first drafted this project our point of departure was not a theory-driven research. We aimed at making sense of the migration reality by looking at people's lives, engaging with them and with various stakeholders and practitioners who were working in the field of migration. Therefore, we aimed to promote more bottom-up oriented findings. RESPOND tried to scan the policies by analysing legal and political frameworks that govern migration in different contexts. In the last three years we have conducted research in 11 countries and 66 cities, interviewed 539 refugees and more than 220 stakeholders and held numerous network meetings and focus groups.


  • Chair

    Soner Ö. Barthoma is independent researcher with a background in political science. He has broad research interest in various inter-disciplinary topics, amongst forced migration, governance and discourse theories, European politics, Turkish foreign policy, late Ottoman period and genocide studies, history of the modern Middle East and its political regimes, identity politics, cultural heritage and revitalization of endangered languages. He is board member of Stichting Inanna Foundation in the Netherlands and Mor Ephrem Stiftung in Germany; initiated and coordinated various international projects, most recently Erasmus+ Aramaic-Online (2014-2017) and Surayt-Aramaic Online Project (2017-2020) He has edited two volumes on the 1915 genocide, published various articles on identity, migration and integration related topics.

  • Chair

    Önver A. Cetrez is Associate Professor and lecturer in Psychology of Religion and Cultural Psychology at Uppsala University, is the Principal Investigator of the Swedish team and the coordinator of RESPOND. Dr. Cetrez has profound expertise in studies of migration, refugees, health and acculturation. He is also a member of the Regional Ethical Board in Uppsala. He has led two similar research projects, both financed by the Swedish Research Council, one among Iraqis in Sweden (2010-2013), the other among Syrians in Turkey (2014-2016). Dr. Cetrez held the position as Deputy Director of the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul during the years 2014-2016.