Franzisca Zanker

Migration Governance, Emerging Markets & Developing Countries, Africa


Main research interests

  • Refugee and migration governance
  • Peace processes
  • Civil society

Franzisca Zanker is a senior researcher and head of the research cluster ‘Patterns of (Forced) Migration’ at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute at the University of Freiburg. She has a PhD in political science from University of Tübingen. Her research interests include refugee and migration governance, peace processes and, civil society. She has conducted fieldwork in Liberia, Kenya, South Africa and the Gambia. She is the co-founder of the research network ‘African Migration, Mobility, and Displacement’.

Within the framework of MEDAM, Franzisca led the WAMiG project (The Political Economy of West African Migration Governance) which was conducted by the ABI. WAMiG analyses the political dimension of migration governance and highlights the interests, stakes and stakeholders in West Africa.


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    From a 🇪🇺 perspective, such support mustn't even be altruistically motivated.

    Providing refugees real long-term prospects within the region can serve as a sustainable alternative for those who consider costly & dangerous onward-migration to more attractive destination countries.

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    🇺🇬 is one of the youngest countries worldwide—w/ an enormously growing young working-age population. These young people will need jobs.

    One could expect ppl. who struggle economically to have more negative attitudes toward refugees & other immigrants due to competition.