Anas Ansar
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Anas Ansar, M.A.

University of Bonn
Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
Research Associate in Research Group Beyond Slavery: Dependency in Asian History
Niebuhrstraße 5
D-53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 / (0)228 / 73 62570


In the Shadow of Humanitarian Crisis:
The Rohingya Refugees and the Other Face of Modern Slavery in South East Asia

In my current Ph.D. Project at the Bonn Center of Dependency and Slavery Studies, I look at the various entanglements of the Rohingya refugees in Southeast Asia between rightlessness and exploitation on one hand; and their agency, negotiation and resilience on the other hand. I do that in the context of multiple forms of dependencies apart from the economic, viz. cultural, lingual, spatial etc. By looking at the processes that result in a significant part of refugees ending up in forms of dependency, my research explores the question to what extent social capital has an impact on the processes of dependencies among refugees.


  • 2019–2022                 Ph.D. in Development Studies, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2015–2017                 European M.A. in Migration and Intercultural Relations, University of Oldenburg, Germany and University of Stavanger, Norway
  • 2012–2013                 M.A. in International Relations, Faculty of Social Science, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 2010                             Diploma in Democracy and New Media, Center for Politics, University of Virginia, USA
  • 2008–2011                 B.A. in International Relations, Faculty of Social Science, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Academic Positions

  • 2019–present             Research Associate in Research Group Beyond Slavery: Dependency in Asian History, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2018–2019                 Junior Research Fellow, Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 2014–2016                 Research and Communications Officer, Migrating out of Poverty Research Consortium, University of Sussex, UK
  • 2013–2014                 Research Assistant, Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Engagement with the United Nations

  • 2018–2020                  Regional Focal Point on Migration (South and Central Asia), UN Major Group for Children and Youth (UNMGCY)

Participation in Centers, Scientific Associations, Collaborative Projects

  • Research Project Coordinator, "Impact of Migration on Families Left Behind" commissioned by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
  • Research Associate and field coordinator, "Climate Induced Migration in Bangladesh" in collaboration with Climate and Development Knowledge Network, University of Sussex, UK
  • Research Associate "Cross Border Movement of Rohingya Refugees: Vulnerability and Coping Mechanism in Bangladesh" in Collaboration with the University of Sussex, UK
  • Research Associate, "Impact of Migration on Poverty and Local Development in South Asia"
  • Research Associate, "Mainstreaming Migration in the Development Strategies of Bangladesh"

Selected Publications

  • The Unfolding of Belonging, Exclusion and Exile: A Reflection on the History of Rohingya Refugee Crisis in Southeast Asia. In: Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. Published online: September 17, 2020. DOI: 10.1080/13602004.2020.181912622
  • With Tasneem Siddiqui: Social Cost of Migration on Families Left Behind in Bangladesh. Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit 2019.
  • Challenges in Access to Health Care Among Involuntary Migrants in Germany: A Case Study of Migrants' Experiences in Oldenburg, Lower Saxony. In: Journal of International Migration (IOM) 55/2 (February 2017), 97–108. DOI: 10.1111/imig.123263
  • The Muslims Are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism and the Domestic War on Terror by Arun Kundnani. New York 2014. In: Nordic Migration Journal, 59–60. Online access: here.
  • The Global Economic Crisis and the Future of Migration: Issues and Prospects, What Will Migration Look Like in 2045? by Bimal Ghosh. London 2013. In: Two Homelands Journal 44 (2016), 181–182. Online access: here4.
  • With Abu Faisal Md. Khaled, From solidarity to resistance: host communities' evolving response to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. In: Journal of International Humanitarian Action 6/16, 2021.
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