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In the middle of the twentieth century, political and scientific discussions about the "European refugee problem" initially developed in the USA and Europe in view of flight and expulsion because of the National Socialist reign of terror and the Second World War. At conferences such as those in Évian or Bermuda, international political and social actors discussed possible solutions, and international organizations were founded to deal with the "refugee problem" – the Intergovernmental Committee on Refugees, the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), later the International Refugee Organization (IRO).

On the one hand, millions of refugees and so-called “displaced persons” repeatedly became the object of political action, on the other hand, they themselves acted very actively and influential in a variety of ways within this emerging and changing refugee regime.

The Negotiating Migration Working Group at the University of Osnabrück's professorship of Modern History and Historical Migration Research is researching this development of the modern migration regime in several research projects based on the negotiation processes between a large number of actors; both on the big political stage and in the eligibility interviews in the field offices of the gatekeeper organizations.




Our working group member Sebastian Musch wrote a review about the Book "Destination Elsewhere. Displaced Persons and Their Quest to Leave Postwar Europe" by Ruth Balint.

On July 7, Lukas Hennies gave a lecture in Osnabrück at the invitation of the Historical Association Osnabrück on the topic "Between the Waffen-SS and the British Army of Occupation".

From June 16 to June 18, the workshop of our working group took place where we discussed the projects and upcoming publications.

On June 13, our working group member Jessica Wehner participated in the panel discussion "Geschichte(n) in der pluralen Gesellschaft  - Erinnern und Konflikt" in Osnabrück. 


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You can find the Conference Report for our Conference "Labeling and the Managment of Displacement - Current Research on 'Displaced Persons' and 'Heimatlose Ausländer' in the Aftermath of World War II" by Maik Hoops & Jessica Wehner here.