Ali Ahmad Safi


Ali Ahmad SAFI, MA, is a PhD candidate in Migration Studies at the Department for Migration and Globalisation at the University for Continuing Education since October 2019. Besides being the member of the teaching staff, SAFI is working on the “Afghan Diaspora in Europe: The Agents of Peace and Development” – a project funded by Gesellschaft für Forschung Förderung – Niederösterreich.

  • Research Cluster: Migration Processes and Drivers
  • Research Cluster: Integration and Social Cohesion
  • Member of Teaching Staff

About the person

Ali Ahmad SAFI is a PhD candidate at the Department for Migration and Globalisation at the University for Continuing Education in Krems. He received his Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the European Peace University. Since 2015, he has consulted the Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC) on topics related to Afghanistan. As a trained doctor, SAFI has also worked in various international research and media organizations including International Crisis Group and Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen among others. At the department, SAFI’s research focus is on Afghan diaspora in Europe and their transnational activities and networks. 

His specific research interests include:

  • Return and reintegration
  • Diaspora politics
  • Diaspora organizations
  • Diaspora and Development
  • Remittances

Projects (Extract Research Database)

Completed projects

Afghan diaspora in Europe: The agents of peace and development

Duration: 01/10/2019–31/03/2023
Principle investigator for the project (University for Continuing Education Krems): Mathias Czaika
Funding: Bundesländer (inkl. deren Stiftungen und Einrichtungen)
Program: nfb

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Publications (Extract Research Database)

Safi, A. A. (2023). Review of the book, Refugee Cities: How Afghans Changed Urban Pakistan, Sanaa Alimia. Turkish Journal of Diaspora Studies, 3 (1): 143-145

Safi, A. A. (2021). Diaspora organisations and technology: The role of the Afghan-Dutch diaspora in fighting COVID-19. Routed Magazine und iDiaspora, Empowering Global Diasporas in the Digital Era: 1-3

Safi, A.A. (2019). Afghan refugees return 'home' to migrate again. In: Czaika M.; Rössl L.; Pfeffer T.; Altenburg F., Migration & Integration 8: Dialog zwischen Politik, Wissenschaft und Praxis: 223-232, Edition Donau Universität Krems, Krems

Lectures (Extract Research Database)

The Transnational Space: The Formation and Transformation of Afghan Diaspora Organizations in Europe


The bubbles of transnational space: The formation and transformation of Afghan diaspora organizations in Europe

Migration and Time: 19th IMISCOE Annual Conference, 29/06/2022


6th Human Vision Film Festival, Podiumsgespräch, 09/03/2022

The role of Afghan diaspora in a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan

Research Seminar, 20/01/2022

International QCA Paper Development Workshop 2021

International QCA Paper Development Workshop 2021, 13/12/2021

International PhD School on Migration and Socioecological Change

University of Utrecht, 27/09/2021

Empowering Global Diasporas in the Digital Era

iDiaspora and Routed Magazine, 22/09/2021

Deportation, its contestations and its aftermat

Oxford Migration and Mobility Network, 14/06/2021

Transnational engagement of Afghan diaspora organizations: Drivers of diasporic specialization

Messaging Migration and Mobility: 2021 IMISCOE Spring Conference, 22/03/2021

Transnational engagement of Afghan diaspora organizations

Migration research in Austria – current trends and challenges, 10/12/2020

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