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Menahil Tahir

Menahil Tahir, M.Sc.

Doctoral Researcher


Institute of Anthropology
Oettingenstr. 67
80538 Munich

Room: C U110


Main Areas of Research:

  • Conflict-induced migration
  • Return migration (repatriation)
  • Protracted displacement and identity
  • Sensory ethnography

Regional Focus:
Pakistan and Afghanistan

Academic Career

  • 2021 – Present: PhD Anthropology, Institut für Ethnologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU)
  • Assistant Editor (October, 2020—present) with the NUST Journal of International Peace and Stability, published at the Centre for International Peace and Stability, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • 2017 – 2019: Master of Science in Peace and Conflict Studies, Centre for International Peace and Stability, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan

Details of Doctoral Research

Title: Where is Home? The Lived Experiences of Afghan Migrants in Pakistan

Abstract: Afghans form one of the largest refugee populations in the world for decades. As a consequence, Pakistan – being a neighbour of Afghanistan – continues to remain a prominent refugee (and asylum seeker) hosting country in different times and over generations. Bureaucratically speaking, these Afghan immigrants in Pakistan are categorised into registered refugees (around 1.28 million, who possess Proof of Registration), documented Afghan citizens (approximately 900,000, whose status was not determined as refugees but were allowed to stay in Pakistan based on the Afghan Citizenship Card) and the asylum seekers (over 600,000, who left Afghanistan after the Taliban took charge of the affairs of the country in August 2021). The experiences of the recent immigrants are much different than what was experienced by the Afghan immigrants in the last quarter of the 20th century. In this context, this research is predominantly concerned with the process of migration as being lived by the Afghans in Pakistan in the recent time, and the structures and networks established and/or mobilised during this process – developing a deeper context-specific understanding of the complexities involved.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr Martin Sökefeld
Funding: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD; Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst)


  • Tahir, M. (2024). Family ‘Opening’ the Field From Ethnographic Odds to Ethnographic Teamwork. In T. Burger, U. Mahar, P. Schild, & A.-M. Walter (Eds.), The Multi-Sided Ethnographer: Living the Field beyond Research (pp. 133-150). Bielefeld: transcript. url:
  • Makki, M., & Tahir, M. (2021). Mapping normalcy through vernacular security-development in post-conflict North Waziristan. Conflict, Security & Development, 21(5), 565-592. doi:
  • Imdadullah, Bakare, N., & Tahir, M. (Eds.). (2019). Kashmir Conflict: Changing Dynamics and the Prospects for Peace. Islamabad: NUST Press.