Anas Ansar

PhD Researcher

Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
Research Associate in Research Group Beyond Slavery: Dependency in Asian History
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Academic Profile

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.

Ph.D. in Development Studies, University of Bonn, Germany

European M.A. in Migration and Intercultural Relations, University of Oldenburg, Germany and University of Stavanger, Norway

M.A. in International Relations, Faculty of Social Science, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Diploma in Democracy and New Media, Center for Politics, University of Virginia, USA

B.A. in International Relations, Faculty of Social Science, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Research Associate in Research Group Beyond Slavery: Dependency in Asian History, University of Bonn, Germany

Junior Research Fellow, Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Research and Communications Officer, Migrating out of Poverty Research Consortium, University of Sussex, UK

Research Assistant, Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

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

  • 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"
  • 2023. Ansar, A., Khaled, A.F.M. "Bangladesh’s ready-made garments sector rebound: Revisiting gendered labor precarity and dependency". In Asian Journal of Comparative Politics, 0(0).
  • 2023. Ansar, A., Khaled, A.F.M. "In search of a Rohingya digital diaspora: virtual togetherness, collective identities and political mobilisation". Humanit Soc Sci Commun 10, 61.
  • 2022. “Claiming Space and Contesting Gendered Refugeehood in Exile: Issues and Factors of Rohingya Refugee Women’s Civic Engagement in Diaspora". In International Quarterly for Asian Studies.
  • 2022. Bangladeshi women migrants amidst the COVID-19 pandemic: Revisiting globalization, dependency and gendered precarity in South–South labour migration. In Global network, a journal of transnationalaffairs.
  • And Abu Faisal Md. Khaled. 2021. From solidarity to resistance: host communities' evolving response to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. In Journal of International Humanitarian Action 6/16.
  • 2020. 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. DOI: 10.1080/13602004.2020.1819126
  • And Tasneem Siddiqui. 2019. Social Cost of Migration on Families Left Behind in Bangladesh. Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit 2019.
  • 2017. 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, 97–108. DOI: 10.1111/imig.12326
  • 2016. The Global Economic Crisis and the Future of Migration: Issues and Prospects, What Will Migration Look Like in 2045? by Bimal Ghosh. In Two Homelands Journal 44, 181–182. London.  Online access: here
  • 2014. The Muslims Are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism and the Domestic War on Terror by Arun Kundnani. In Nordic Migration Journal, 59–60. New York. 
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