This presentation will offer an overview of more than three decades of flight, displacement and resettlement and their impact on the people of Afghanistan. Millions of Afghans have been exposed to experiences as refugees and internally displaced persons - often several times within their lifetime. This had major consequences for the individual Afghan as well as for society at large leading amongst other things to the breakup of former social support networks, alterations of people’s worldviews, and the creation of new social and political relations. Other noteworthy effects are the rapid urbanization processes, the high level of politicization, in particular of the younger generation, and the creation of transnational networks and the use of modern means of communication.
Lecture by Gabriele Rasuly-Paleczek