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Kurdish migration. What are the latest developments and how does gender matter?
Fafo breakfast
Tuesday 5 April 2022, 08:30–09:45
Fafo, Borggata 2B, Oslo

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Kaziwa Salih


Karol Kaczorowski


Wendelmoet Hamelink


Joanna Bocheńska


Andrew Bush

Research Assistant Professor
Research director

Over the last decade, the Kurdish areas in the Middle East have seen several violent conflicts. Hundreds of thousands of Kurds have been uprooted from their homes and areas of origin. This adds a new chapter to an already long history of displacement and migration. In this seminar, we will investigate some of the gendered aspects of these recent migration flows. The seminar was held in English.

Violent unrest and the wars in Iraq and Syria have forced many Kurds to be internally displaced. Others left to settle in Europe. Also Norway has received large numbers of Kurds, mainly from the war in Syria, but also from Turkey and Iraq.

In this seminar we gathered a group of experts to offer their insights into Kurdish gender and migration. They

  • offered an overview of the most recent developments in these migration flows
  • provided new insights into the various reasons behind migration patterns
  • shed light on gendered aspects – how migration and resettlement has affected Kurdish women and men differently.
Download presentations (pdf)


Welcome by Åge A. Tiltnes, Fafo

Introduction by Dr. Nerina Weiss, Fafo

Introductions by 

Dr. Kaziwa Salih, Section of Kurdish Studies, Jagiellonian University: The exodus prompted by migration in southern Kurdistan. Vulnerability and empowerment of women

Dr. Karol Kaczorowski, CASPAR, Krakow University of Economics: Kurdish internal migration waves in Turkey and their impact on global Kurdish migration

Dr. Wendelmoet Hamelink, Centre for Gender Research, University of Oslo: Motivations of Kurdish women to leave Syria during the war

Dr. Joanna Bocheńska, Section of Kurdish Studies, Jagiellonian University: The Polish border crisis in autumn 2021: Kurdish women's difficult experiences

Dr. Andrew Bush, CASPAR, Krakow University of Economics: Students, Refugees, and the Struggle to Study in Kurdistan and Europe


Questions from the audience

Chair: Nerina Weiss, researcher, Fafo

Seminar and project

The seminar was organized by Fafo and Centre for Gender Research, University of Oslo.

eea norway grantsThe seminar was part of the project Activism and its Moral and Cultural Foundation: Alternative Citizenship and Women’s Roles in Kurdistan and the Diaspora (see also project web-site ALCITfem), funded by Norway Grants.


Practical information

The breakfast was a hybrid event. Watch recording of the broadcast.

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