Everlasting War in Halabja Province

The first stage of the German-Kurdish joint research project “Everlasting war? Long-term socio-economic consequences of war in the Halabja province” is scheduled to be completed at the end of April 2019. The project is currently being carried out by the University of Halabja and the Felsberg Institute for Education and Academic Research, located in Germany based on an idea of Dr. Polla Khanaqa, the director of Kurdistan Institution for Strategic Studies and Scientific Research (KISSR) and with the help of Dr. Yousif Goran, the KRG Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

During this first stage, six researchers have developed data collection tools aimed at conducting a survey among the students of the University of Halabja regarding their socio-economic situation. A focal point of the research deals with the risks of brain drain as a consequence of political and armed conflicts. In order to validate the obtain data, a smaller group of students from the University of Slemani have also responded to the same set of questions. In total, over 400 students from six different departments (Law, English, History, Social Sciences, Physics and Basic Physical Education) and all B.A. stages have participated in this data collection phase.

During the next couple of weeks, the gathered data is going to be analyzed. First results will be presented at the 3rd International Kurdish Studies Conference in London. Ms. Silvia Nicola, the researcher from the German partner institute, is expected to return to the KRI in June for a second data collection phase. The focus will be laid then on interviews with household members in the Halabja province.