Conflict Resolution Lab

In collaboration with the Evens Program in Mediation and Conflict Management 
Active Project

Refugees in Town: Assessing the "Local Turn" of Forced Migrants Integration

Nora Meissner, BMI Fellow
Academic Advisor: Prof. Adriana Kemp, Head of the School for Social ad Policy Studies

The overall research project examines how cities deal with the social and economic incorporation of forced migrants. The research focuses on the challenges and the opportunities that local governments face as they mediate between national migration control policies and the influx of asylum seekers in precarious socio-legal situations.

In addition to a qualitative extensive case study analysis of 2 central cities (Tel Aviv and Jerusalem), this year, we expanded the research to Haifa as a third central city in Israel to elicit variation of how different localities exhibiting characteristic differences in dealing with “aliens” or unclassifiable others within the nation-state (see previous report).

We also treat Haifa as a case study by itself due to the relatively few numbers of refugees residing there and the only currently evolving situation on the ground. Following Çağlar and Glick Schiller (2015), we seek to contribute to the literature seeking a “multiscalar perspective” on relationships between migration and localities by researching cities that are not central gateways to migration and yet important for grasping new dynamics of refugees dispersal, such as in Haifa.

The Boris Mints Institute Conflict Resolution Lab engages in several research projects, trying to bring new insight to the field of conflict resolution and learn from the success and failure stories of the past in order to build a toolbox for facing the conflicts of the future.


Dr. Sami Miaari

Lab Head

Faculty of Social Sciences, TAU

Dr. Nimrod Rosler


Department of Public Policy


How to politely and productively disagree
By Christian Jarrett, 15th October 2020

Dr. Hameiri's research quoted by the BBC