Migration PhD course at PRIO; Join the MIGNEX End-User Panel; Final conference of the GOVCIT project; Solidarity and membership in Scandinavia seminar;
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PRIO Migration Research Update | June 2019


Doing Migration Research Today: Concepts, Ethics
and Communication

A new Migration PhD course is being organised by PRIO 30 October - 1 November. Participants are offered an introduction to key themes in contemporary migration research, including governance, citizenship, transnationalism and belonging, demonstrating how themes speak to or intersect with prevailing contention over migration, at societal, family and individual levels, in Europe and globally. Held at PRIO, lecturers will be: Jørgen Carling, Marta Bivand Erdal and Cindy Horst. For more information and applications, follow this link. Application deadline: 31 July 2019


Open Position: Senior Research Fellow (Postdoc)

The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) invites applications for a three-year, full-time position within the project Future Migration as Present Fact (FUMI), funded by the European Research Council. The position provides the opportunity to work in a leading international research institution with an interdisciplinary environment. It is classified as a Senior Researcher position within PRIO’s seniority and salary system. ​The research fellow will carry out extensive ethnographic research in West Africa and must have specific regional and linguistic expertise in addition to excellent analytical and writing skills. A second research fellow position within the same project, for a survey research specialist, will be announced in 2020. More information here.


H2020 MIGNEX Project: On communication and impact

The MIGNEX project 'Aligning Migration Management and the Migration-Development Nexus' has just published a milestone document on communications and impact. Given the project’s ambitious impacts – achieving policy change through rigorous research – a detailed strategy was essential. The end-result stays true to their initial statement: “We believe that communications is more than just editing and design, it is an ethos.” Click here to download the published handbook


Join the MIGNEX End-User Panel

The MIGNEX project is recruiting members for its End-User Panel (EUP). The EUP provides a means for the project to engage with a large and varied group of end users, including the policy community, academic community, civil society and private sector. The EUP is an innovative platform for exchange between the research team and potential end users of the results. The panel, which will ultimately consist of more than 100 potential end users, respond to questions in an annual survey and have an opportunity to vote on topics to be covered in the project’s publications. For more information and to apply follow this link


Latin American perspectives on migration and humanitarian crises

What could be the lessons of Latin American responses to high levels of Venezuelan emigration, in the face of what some describe as a humanitarian crisis? Dr Diego Acosta shared insights from his recent book "The National versus the Foreigner in South America: 200 Years of Migration and Citizenship Law" (2018) during a seminar at PRIO, co-organised by the Migration Research Group and the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies. South American responses are characterized by a mix of openness and restriction, where visas, border control, and various temporary statuses play a central role. Building on practitioner experiences from Caritas Norway, implications for Venezuelans on the move, and communities where they arrive, as well as lessons for other contexts, were discussed at the seminar.


Trust, migration and public institutions

On 13 June PRIO, in cooperation with Caritas Norge, hosted a breakfast seminar presenting the findings of the project "Trust across Borders: State institutions, families and child welfare services in Poland and Norway". The aim of the seminar was to shed a light on the trust and communication in the meetings between immigrants and public institutions in Norway. Shared challenges, but also modes of improving communication and trust between the health sector, the welfare administration (NAV), the Child Welfare Services, and civil society actors, were discussed, with the conclusion that trust both can be, and needs to be, continuously built. A recording of the seminar (in Norwegian) is available at this link.


PRIO Master's students

Three of the Master's students affiliated with the Migration Research Group, as part of the PRIO-UiO MA programme have graduated from the University of Oslo this spring. Mathias Tjønn's thesis analysed how a century of Italo-Libyan relations and shared colonial past has informed and shaped current Mediterranean migration policies. With a focus on the current Italian context, Davide Bertelli has analysed how migrants' sense of belonging and political participation influence each other at a local level. Back to Africa, Ole Halvorsen has written a paper developing a theory of transit migration as an opportunity for rebel organizations, empirically demonstrating how transit migration impacts on rebel capacity, with the case study in the Malian Sahel.


On norms of good citizenship in diverse societies

How are membership in increasingly diverse societies and participation as active citizens in such societies related? The recently concluded ACT (Active Citizenship in Culturally and Religiously Diverse Societies) project, funded by the Research Council of Norway, sought to find out. The summary report of insights from the ACT project, draws on a review of conceptions of active citizenship and the empirical data on everyday experiences of active citizenship collected in Oslo and Copenhagen, integrating theoretical models with empirical findings. Active citizenship takes on a range of forms of participation and belonging, requiring us to rethink norms about good citizenship as only taking place in the public sphere, and as limited to a single, national, community.


Migration, trust and Child Welfare Services

Against the backdrop of the ‘crisis of trust’ in the Child Welfare Services in Norway among sections of the migrant population, the ‘Trust across Borders’ project was funded by the Polish-Norwegian Bi-lateral fund, an EEA funding mechanism. The project set out to bring Norwegian and Polish professionals from governmental institutions and non-governmental organisations together, to contribute to increased mutual understanding, system-knowledge, and reflection. Through participatory group-based activities, ‘best practices’ for trust-building based on work already being implemented were identified. Marta Bivand Erdal, Lubomiła Korzeniewska, Natasza Kosakowska-Berezecka & Magdalena Żadkowska share conclusions and offer recommendations for trust-building efforts in the PRIO paper Building Trust across Borders: Polish-Norwegian exchanges on child and family welfare. A review of literature on Trust, Migration and Child Welfare Services has been published in English, Norwegian and Polish


Everyday acts of contributing as ‘admission tickets’ to belong

Mette Strømsø's article examines the centrality of contributing to questions of belonging in Norway. Building on the diversity of individuals living within a shared national space, the study identifies how everyday acts of contributing were conceived of by the participants as ‘admission tickets’ to belong. The study investigates the participants' motivations and desires for contributing and unveils how, given their migration background (internal, international or non‐migrant), they respond to expectations of contributing from different positions of ontological security. The participants reveal ontological (in)security at different geographical scales, and they seek to manage this less secure position of national or local belonging through their acts of contributing in everyday life.

Upcoming events



Assisting and protecting refugees in Europe and the Middle East - politics, law, and humanitarian practices

What are the current trends when it comes to assisting and protecting refugees and asylum-seekers in Europe and in the Middle East? How do political decisions regarding refugees taken in one region affect assistance and protection in other regions? ​Migration management policies and practices in Europe and the Middle East are usually studied and discussed separately. In this one-day seminar we explore three interconnected themes which are axiomatic to today's refugee response: criminalization of humanitarian aid, containment of refugees and practice of humanitarian lawyering. The event is open to all and free: follow this link for registration and more information.  


Governing and experiencing citizenship in Multicultural Scandinavia

What are the relationships between policies and laws on citizenship and experiences of belonging, recognition and sense of community? The Governing and Experiencing Citizenship in Multicultural Scandinavia (GOVCIT) project has studied relationships between citizenship and integration, by examining policies, lived experiences and interactions between them. During the final conference, the research team will present key insights and findings from the project. Click here to register for the conference.


Solidarity and membership in Scandinavia today

​During this seminar Will Kymlicka (Queen's University, Canada)  and researchers from the 'Governing and Experiencing Citizenship in Multicultural Scandinavia' research project will shed light on and discuss: What kinds of membership ensure recognition and redistribution in diverse societies? Put more crudely: Which ties are sufficient to bind? These questions are posed specifically in the context of Scandinavia, known for its 'Nordic model' welfare states, where public debate increasingly connects concerns over immigration with the future prospects of welfare states. The seminar will be hosted at Interkulturelt Museum, Tøyenbekken, 18:00-19:30. Follow this link for registering.

Recent Publications

Journal articles
Erdal, Marta Bivand (2019) Negotiation dynamics and their limits: Young people in Norway deal with diversity in the nationPolitical Geography 79.

Strømsø, Mette (2019) Investigating everyday acts of contributing as ‘admission tickets’ to belong to the nation in NorwayNations and nationalism. DOI: 10.1111/nana.12536: 1–21.

Strømsø, Mette (2019) Parents' reflections on choice of neighbourhood and their transformative potential for future conceptualisations of the nationPopulation, Space and Place. DOI: 10.1002/psp.2246.

Geha, Carmen & Cindy Horst (2019) Exporting 'active citizenship': foreign support for citizenship education in the Arab worldCitizenship Studies. DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2019.1604629.

Erdal, Marta Bivand & Mette Strømsø (2018) Interrogating boundaries of the everyday nation through first impressions: experiences of young people in NorwaySocial & Cultural Geography. DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2018.1559345.
Book chapters
Horst, Cindy (2019) Refugees, peacebuilding and the anthropology of the good, in Bradley, Megan; James Milner; & Blair Peruniak, eds, Refugees' roles in resolving displacement and building peace. Washington DC: Georgetown University Press (39–54).

Erdal, Marta Bivand; Lubomiła Korzeniewska; Natasza Kosakowska-Berezecka & Magdalena Żadkowska (2019) Building Trust across BordersPRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.

Korzeniewska, Lubomiła; Marta Bivand Erdal; Natasza Kosakowska-Berezecka; & Magdalena Żadkowska (2019) Trust across Borders: A Review of the Literature on Trust, Migration and Child Welfare Services Gdańsk.

Korzeniewska, Lubomiła; Marta Bivand Erdal; Natasza Kosakowska-Berezecka; & Magdalena Żadkowska (2019) Tillit over grensene: En gjennomgang av kunnskap om tillit, migrasjon og barnevern [Trust across Borders: A Review of the Literature on Trust, Migration and Child Welfare Services] Gdańsk.

Korzeniewska, Lubomiła; Marta Bivand Erdal; Natasza Kosakowska-Berezecka; & Magdalena Żadkowska (2019) Zaufanie Ponad Granicami: Przegląd Literatury Badawczej Dotyczącej Kwestii Zaufania Społecznego, Migracji, Oraz Instytucji Pomocy Społecznej i Ochrony Praw Dziecka [Trust across Borders: A Review of the Literature on Trust, Migration and Child Welfare Services] Gdańsk.

Brekke, Jan-Paul; Simon Roland Birkvad; & Marta Bivand Erdal (2019) Losing the Right to Stay: Revocation of immigration residence permits and citizenship in Norway - Experiences and effects 9. Oslo: Institute for Social Research - Institutt for Samfunnsforskning.

Midtbøen, Arnfinn H.; Simon Roland Birkvad; & Marta Bivand Erdal (2018) Citizenship in the Nordic Countries Copenhagen: TemaNord, Nordic Council of Ministers.

Recent Blog posts

The EU-Turkey Refugee Deal Cost Refugees the Most

Note: On 18 March 2016, the EU and Turkey agreed on a deal to stop refugees from crossing the Mediterranean. At that time, Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert and Pinar Tank warned that the agreement was advantageous for Europe and Turkey but not for the refugees whose rights to protection were severely compromised. Three years later the… Read more »


Eid Celebrations and Muslim Generosity

Today is Eid, the Muslim festival that marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. Families and friends will gather today to enjoy good food and each other’s company. Many Norwegian Muslim children look forward to celebrating Eid, and for many people the social aspects are just as important as the festival’s religious significance. In addition, many Muslims use Eid as an occasion to help those who are less fortunate... Read more »


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