GIZ Project: Pakistani Diaspora in Germany

A team of researchers from UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance were recently commissioned by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to quantitatively and qualitatively analyse the Pakistani diaspora in Germany. The project recognises that diasporas are heterogeneous and complex, as they consist of various individiual groups with different interests and agendas (whether formally organised or not). Conducted by Dr. Biljana MeshkovskaKatharina Koch , and Nasrat Sayed, the project aims to provide a comprehensive overview of Pakistani migrant organisations and associations based in Germany. Moreover, the profiles, characteristics, and activities of these initiatives as well as their development potential will be analysed. The study informs GIZ’s Programme Migration for Development, which focuses on best supporting development-oriented forms of return and promoting the capacity of migrants in Germany to engage in knowledge transfer to their origin countries.