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Global Migration-seminarier

Tanken med seminarierna är att presentera aktuell forskning om migration och integration ur olika synvinklar, samt visa på den tvärdisciplinära bredden inom fältet. Vi vill även skapa en plattform för kunskapsutbyte och samarbete, både mellan forskare från olika discipliner och mellan forskare och praktiker. För mer information om aktuella Global Migration-seminarier och våra andra aktiviteter, se vårt kalendarium. Beskrivning av tidigare seminarier finns på den här sidan.

Tidigare Seminarier

Höstterminen 2017

September 20, 2017
Go Home? The Performance Politics of UK Immigration Control
Yasmin Gunaratnam, Goldsmiths College, University of London

During this Global Migration Seminar we learned about the experiences from the project ’Mapping Immigration Controversies’, that investigated the effects of UK government publicity campaigns on immigration. We will see how the UK’s campaigns were not so much oriented to macro-economic concerns and the implementation of the law, but rather sought to perform and pump-up a toughness on immigration by mobilising images and emotions.

Dr Gunaratnam discussed how the emotions produced and circulated by the government campaigns can ’stick’ to a wide range of Others, including those seemingly not the direct targets of the campaigns, with repercussions away from the primary scenes of address.

With regard to methodology and ethics, she discussed how research on immigration is itself implicated in stretching-out the spatio-temporalities of these affective practices through provoking memory and imagination, fantasy and projection. By asking people questions about the campaign, drawing their attention to it and reminding them of it, the researchers were always at risk of re-staging immigration and bordering affects so that both the government campaigns and research can become part of a relational and excessive network of bordering.

Henrik Malm Lindberg, Delmi and Researchers at University of Gothenburg

The Delegation’s mandate includes formulating policy questions and initiating research, as well as presenting studies that are relevant from the perspective of migration policy development. The research Delmi provides is intended as a basis for future policy decisions, as well as to contribute to societal debate.

Delmi’s studies in the field of migration are organized within the framework of five thematic subject areas, for the purpose of emphasizing research that is relevant to policy, and in order to address a diversity of migration policy-related approaches.

The Minclusion Project - Research and Development of Mobile Applications for Arabic Migrants in Sweden
Minclusion project team, University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology

For the newly arrived in Sweden, it is important to integrate quickly into Swedish society. The Minclusion project strives to develop mobile tools for language learning and intercultural communicationaimed at facilitating the integration into Swedish society of the large number of Arabic- speaking persons newly arrived in Sweden.

The project also aims to improve the pedagogic connection to achieve the learning effect that is absent in the existing mobile applications. Creating a mobile platform adapted to the needs of the target group, together with tools for integration and a professional network, will improve the possibilities for newly arrived persons to get included in Swedish society.

Tuomas Martikainen, Director of Migration Institute of Finland

The presentation provides an overview of the main international migration flows to and from Finland in the post-WWII era. The two key phenomena are Finnish migration to Sweden from 1950s to the 1970s and growing immigration to Finland since the end of the Cold war. It was also discussed how the situation has shaped Finnish migration-related debates.

Dr. Velasco discussed the conflicting interests within American society and political parties to form a comprehensive immigration reform. In particular, during the 2015-2016 American presidential campaign, immigration became a central topic of debate.

Donald Trump statements about building a wall between the US-Mexican border as well as banning the arrival of some Muslim majority countries contrasts with the view Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton who favored a broad immigration reform.

Who are the main interest groups in favor of or against a comprehensive immigration reform? What are the possibilities to achieve a comprehensive immigration reform in the United States in the near future?

Methodological Challenges in Migration Research - the Example of HIRE.
Sol Pia Juarez, Centre for Health Equity Studies, Stockholm (CHESS); Gunilla Priebe, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy; Olof Wrede, Kris- och traumamottagningen, VästraGötaland Region.

This presentation involved an evaluation of health promotive actions targeting asylum seekers: pragmatic challenges, ethical considerations and validity in research. This recognized how decisions are a natural part of all research; although the scientific ideal is to base them on objective scientific grounds alone the research process always includes negotiations in relation to pragmatic challenges and ethical considerations.

When a research area is relatively new like "migration and health", the study population diverse and possibly in a vulnerable position the researcher is faced with many delicate decisions. It is then of utmost importance to discuss the tension between pragmatism, ethics and their effect on scientific validity.

This was discussed during the seminar this from the point of departure of philosophy of science as well as practical experiences from our current research project, where we evaluate Region Västra Götalands health promotive program targeting asylum seekers. The research project comprises both qualitative and quantitative parts.

The seminar started with presentations from Gunilla Priebe, Institute of medicine, and Olof Wrede, "Kris- och trauma-mottagningen". Sol Juarez, member of the CGM advisory board, sociologist, and associate professor at CHESS in Stockholm, then reflected on their research experiences in relation to her own work within the field of Migration studies.


Governing the Deportation Limbo - The Selective Control of Rejected Asylum Seekers in Denmark and Sweden
Annika Lindberg, Institute of Sociology, University of Bern

In the past years, Danish and Swedish governments have increased their efforts to remove rejected asylum-seekers from the territory, by expanding immigration detention and establishing departure centers (Denmark) or withdrawing welfare support (Sweden) for rejected individuals. Using ethnographic methods, Annika Lindberg explored the everyday dynamics of control in immigration detention and departure centers, as well as the ambivalent role of humanitarian and grass-root organisations in contesting these practices.

While these measures all aim at ’motivating’ voluntary return, their immediate effect seems to have been that an increasing number of individuals absconds and remain in a condition of ’detainability’. It was argued that these practices, rather than enhancing control, curiously reflect a politics of abandonment and state desertion, with severe implications for targeted individuals. Moreover, they provoke questions of whether unpredictable and partial enforcement is not necessarily the result of state ’failure’, but an inherent feature of migration control.

Building on preliminary findings from ethnographic field work in immigration detention and removal centers in Denmark and Sweden, the seminar explores how state efforts to control and remove rejected asylum-seekers are translated into practice.

GülInanç, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

The lecture explored the global responsibilities of academia regarding access to education for migrants and shared experiences on working with transit migrants in South East Asia through the Open Universities for Refugees (OUR), an independent academic initiative, building knowledge networks and consortia to offer higher education to displaced communities in Malaysia and Indonesia working with the transit migrants from Afghanistan, Somalia, Myanmar, Yemen, Pakistan, Syria and Iraq.

Vårterminen 2018

Negotiating Distance after Migration - Sending and Carrying Things Across Borders
Kathy Burrell, Dept. of Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool

This seminar considered the role of sending and carrying things in the reconfiguration of relationships across borders after migration. In particular, it discussed how sending things especially highlights the emotional, economic and physical/infrastructural distances involved in post-migration connections.

Based on interviews undertaken with Polish and Zimbabwean migrants in the UK, Dr Burrell’s research underlines several points about post-migration sending and carrying.

First, it asserts the role of care in these transnational practices - that for all the social obligation tied up with the practice of sending, there is an underlying care and emotional commitment which ultimately drives these activities.

Second, it considers in more detail what is actually sent back and forth, why the materiality of these objects is so important to this practice, and the economic asymmetries they also embody.

Third, it acknowledges the practical dimensions and hurdles of sending and carrying, emphasizing the need to think more carefully about the significance of post-migration infrastructures and the 'infrastructuring' practices migrants routinely undertake.

Exile as Context, Exile as a Methodological Tool for Understanding Circulation of Knowledge
Karolina Enquist Källgren, History of Ideas, University of Gothenburg

Exile is a historic event, and a political social condition, recurring throughout history. The seminar explores how exile can be understood as a context in history, with particular implications for method and historic interpretation. This entails a specific way of constructing historic space, as well as time.

Drawing on Koselleck’s concepts room of experience and horizon of expectations, the idea of a particular exile historic space will be discussed. Since exile is the movement of people from one place to another, exile as context is a methodological approach within the larger historical theory of circulation of knowledge, but with certain specific traits.

One of these traits is the way in which exile maintains contact between locations, and thus also cultural and socio-political contexts. Another, is the translation or transposition of concepts and ideas between languages. A third, is the turn towards a "universal" or large-span history of canon. These traits are discussed as parts of the larger theoretical field of circulation of knowledge by relating them to Isabelle Stengers’ concept of propagation.

Bordering Practices – Accidental Crackdowns and Humanitarian Border Work
Presentations by Polly Pallister Wilkins and Darshan Vigneswaran, both University of Amsterdam

The Limits of Humanitarian Borderwork - Polly Pallister-Wilkins
As borders have become more restrictive and thus more dangerous there has been a corresponding increase in the inclusion of humanitarian narratives and actions by actors at the border. These actors include state policy makers and border guards but also include traditional humanitarian organisations and grassroots volunteers and activists.

Through their actions these humanitarian border workers seek to not only in the case of border guards, govern the border, but also to relieve the suffering caused by the border and save lives. As border workers, such actions are constitutive of the border itself and therefore we can question to what extent such humanitarian actions are a way of securing, maintaining and strengthening the border.

Life-boats and Narratives about Women's Lives Across Borders - A Meeting Between Art and Science
Ann-Dorte Christensen, Aalborg University, Marit Benthe Norheim, Visual artist

The book ’A Shipload of Women’s Memories.Narratives across Borders’ (Aalborg University Press 2017) is the outcome of a unique collaboration between Ann-Dorte Christensen, professor of sociology and the visual artist Marit Benthe Norheim.

Marit Benthe Norheim’s art project ’Life-boats’ consists of three sailing sculptures that symbolize different stages in women’s lives: Longing - the young woman about to embark on life; Life - the pregnant woman in mid-life; Memories - the older woman. The book is linked to Memories and its figure heads.

Ann-Dorte Christensen has written the 18 portraits of the women over the age of 70 with roots in different countries based on a biographic-narrative approach. Each story is analysed as a unique account of individual experiences of strength, pain and love. The stories are, at the same time, a source of knowledge about major events in society over the past decades where flight, migration and encounters between different cultures have been common in many societies.

Project Website: https://www.life-boats.com/

The Politics of Return - Exploring the Future of Syrian Refugees in a Question of Repatriation
Ahmet İçduygu, Director Migration Research Centre Koç University (MiReKoc)

Eight years in to the civil war in Syria and with no peace in sight, governments and aid agents have already begun to consider the repatriation of Syrian refugees. It is puzzling that beyond the solution of voluntary repatriation, which is mostly accepted in principle as the preferred solution, even involuntary repatriation (often formulated with the notion of "safe return") is on the agenda, and seems to be voiced frequently in a context of creating "safe zones" in Syria, and returning refugees to those zones.

While the principle of non-refoulement - namely, that an individual may not be returned to a country where s/he fears persecution - is the "most essential component" of refugee protection, and there seems to be no hope of a peaceful dawn for Syria in near future, without any doubt it is very problematic to go into the any debate on the return of Syrian refugees to their homes.

However, in the complex interaction of domestic and international politics, it appears that neither the option of integration in the hosting first countries of asylum nor that of resettlement at the third countries is seen as likely viable possibility, but the idea of making them to return home becomes a politically preferred one.

Elaborating the recent "return-debates" on Syrian refugees, and putting these debates in a comparative perspective with the case of Afghan refugees who have been subject to various repatriation programs over the last two decades, it was argued that it is the politicization of international refugee regimes in general, and the absence of responsibility ("burden") sharing in specific, which rationalises the growing acceptance of involuntary repatriation as a solution to the global Syrian refugee question.

It was also argued that politically-driven repatriation strategies often fail to protect refugee rights, limit the likelihood of successful reintegration, and cannot fully create a sustainable return and resettlement process.

Multinational Maids: Stepwise Migration in a Global Labour Market
Anju Mary Paul, Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, Yale-NUS College, Singapore

Migrant domestic workers are adopting stepwise international labor migration as part of long-term mobility projects for themselves and their families; "Multinational" mobility is not restricted to the global elite.

Drawing upon surveys with more than 1,000 Filipino and Indonesian migrant domestic workers in Singapore and Hong Kong, and in-depth interviews with well over 200 of these workers in Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Canada, and the United States, Anju Paul documents how some migrant domestic workers are agentically adopting stepwise international labor migration as part of long-term mobility projects for themselves and their families.

In her talk, Dr Paul laid out the building blocks that have led to the emergence of this global phenomenon, highlighting similar patterns of stepwise migration among other migrant groups, including migrant nurses, IT professionals, foreign academics, and international students.

Translating Policies into Practice – Organising Labour Market Integration of Foreign-born Persons in the Gothenburg Metropolitan Area
Andreas Diedrich, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg

This seminar explores integration efforts from an organisation theory perspective, with a starting point in the current research programme "Organizing labour market integration of foreign-born persons - theory and practice".

Previous research in organisation theory has shown how integration activities in Sweden partly are based on a management logic where integration equals being integrated in the labour market, and where "integration" in one way or the other is considered measurable.

The perspective is also in many cases that the state knows best what the labour market needs, and which interventions are needed to integrate people. This is a clear top-down approach which differ from other countries like for example Canada, where immigrant organisations, private individuals and others have a greater influence and cooperation in identifying the needs.

And, thirdly, the same wordings, ideas and solutions for the "integration problem" are brought forward as new innovations year after year, even though the results are often lacking. What does all this mean for the integration efforts?

Andreas Diedrich will highlight the different practices that have gained foothold in the public, private and non-profit sectors under the umbrella "labour market integration".

How are these initiatives organised through ideas, people, tools and actions, and what consequences can this mode of organisation have for the foreign born individuals which are affected by the measures, those who propagate them and the others involved in the initiatives?

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Labor Migration and Industrial Relations: How employers' use of migrant labor shape the trajectories of institutional continuity and change
Sandra Engelbrecht, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

The last two decades' deepened European integration and expansion of the European Union (EU) open market, and the increased labor migration associated with it. In the process, Germany and the Scandinavian countries have become main countries of destination for EU internal labor migration and service provision.

This has created new opportunities and challenges for political economic actors. While recent literature has made causal claims about the potential impact of these developments, and particularly emphasized the pressure for change originating from them, it largely remains unclear how increased labor and service mobility can cause long-term institutional change, and to what extent the pressure for change has transformed to actual change in the industrial relations.

The purpose of this research project has therefore been to uncover how these processes play out, and investigate to what extent the pressure for change originating from labor and service mobility in the EU open market has led to actual change in industrial relations institutions.

Building upon existing accounts of varieties of liberalization (Thelen, 2014), I propose a typology of trajectories of institutional continuity and change that captures the interaction between employers' and trade unions' responses at the sectoral levels, and uncovers the causal mechanisms leading to change. Theorizing these causal processes enables us to recognize the role of employers in driving these processes, along with either passive or active coalitional support from the side of trade unions and the state.

The presentation offers some insights based on case studies of the German, Norwegian, and Swedish construction and low skilled service sectors, and the German manufacturing sector, where I demonstrate how sectoral differences in the interaction between employers and trade unions trigger distinct causal processes, which in turn contribute either to institutional continuity or different forms of liberalization of the sectoral industrial relations institutions.

Höstterminen 2018

Shahram Khosravi, Professor, Stockholm University

The main focus of this talk is post-deportation outcomes. It focuses on what happens to Afghan asylum seekers after deportation from Sweden.Based on the experiences of Afghan deportees, Khosravi argues that deportation, rather than being the end of migratory adventure, becomes just another phase of their deportspora, in which they are exposed to a continuum of expulsion.

The ’infected border’ -Comparative notes across the North Atlantic
Lunch Seminar 17 September 2018

In both Europe and the United States, we see how The Border is being used as an emotional resource for infectious politics of fear, and how using idioms of contagion and disease justifies policies for defending it from “outbreaks”.

Possibilities, obstacles and challenges for unaccompanied children and their reception in a municipality in a Swedish big city-region.Live Stretmo will discuss the possibilities and obstacles as well as the challenges that the youths in the study meet, but also which relations and what support that was provided within the framework of the municipal reception of unaccompanied children.

Global Migration Seminar for PhD-students at the University of GothenburgOctober10, 09:15-11:00, Room C417, School of Global Studies, Campus Linné. In addition to brief research topics presentations, the focus will be on discussing how we can establish forum for doctoral candidates across university disciplines. CGM will present what support and what opportunities we can offer migration scholars at the university through our network.

Barbara Hines Founder of the Immigration Clinic, University of Texas at Austin
Denise GilmanDirector of the Immigration Clinic, University of Texas at Austin
Gregor Noll – commentatorProfessor, Department of Law, University of Gothenburg

(A cooperation between the Law Clinic (Rättspraktiken) and the Centre for Global Migration, University of Gothenburg)

Centrum för Global Migration presenterar den nya studie (oktober 2018) som utförts på uppdrag av Göteborgs Stad, och som handlar om hur nyanlända uppfattar mottagande och integrationsverksamheten i Göteborg.
Dessutom görs en uppföljning avförra årets "Dialogue workshop on knowledge gaps in migration related practice".

Global Migration Seminar with Maja Cederberg, Oxford Brookes University/ Universityof Gothenburg, November 7, 09:15-11:00, Room C417, School of Global Studies, Campus Linné.

This seminar explores the narratives of highly educated female migrants from the Baltic countries living and working in the UK.How do theytalk about their educational and professional experiences and aspirations, and how has migration contributed to shaping their career trajectories?

Andrew Canessa, University of Essex, UK
(CGM and Social anthropology at SGS)
International borders, cross-border communities and the transforming experience of otherness.
The presentation is based on a paper with the same name by Giacamo Orsini, Andrew Canessa, and Luis Martinez. The paper draws on three studies conducted in Melilla and Morocco, Lampedusa and Tunisia, Gibraltar and Spain.
Beyond their most physical manifestations as fences, gates and border guards, international borders are social constructs that are experienced by individuals as they attempt to cross them.   Structured on the ground as relatively fixed lines, the functioning of international borders transform through time as the crossing is alternatively allowed or negated depending on the mutating relations amongst bordering countries.   As a consequence, cross-border communities’ experiences of the border space they inhabit vary through time, as local social, cultural, and economic life structures around the border on both sides of it.   Here we draw thus on three studies conducted since 2008:  Melilla and Morocco, Lampedusa and Tunisia, Gibraltar and Spain.  By looking at the recent history of local cross-border relations there, this work analyses how the tightening of previously porous borders worked to alter existing sociocultural, economic and political close relations across both sides of the frontier.   As Lampedusa and Melilla became spots on the European external border, locals’ almost osmotic relations with Tunisia and Morocco diminished significantly, effecting a profound transformation of individual and communities’ experiences of sameness and otherness.   Similarly, despite its geographical fixity, throughout the 20th century the border between Gibraltar and Spain worked both as a bridge - when the economic, social and political differentials it generated functioned as incentives for locals to cross it - and as an almost insurmountable obstacle - when Spanish authorities closed it between 1969 and 1985.   The aim of this work is thus to unpack the many ways in which borders transform local linguistic, cultural, ethnic and economic constellations of neighboring "Others".  Professor Andrew Canessa is a social anthropologist at the University of Essex, UK, and has worked for many years with Aymara speakers in highland Bolivia. Among his research interests are indigenous studies, Latin America, especially the Andes, gender and sexualities, ethnic and racial identities.   He is currently finishing an ESRC funded project "Bordering on Britishness: An Oral History Study of Gibraltarian Identity". The project explores how Gibraltar evolved from an overwhelming Spanish speaking in the beginning of the 20th century to one which is increasingly anglophone and where most people passionately reject any association with Spanishness.

How do young people in contemporary Sweden reflect on their ethnic identity and what is the role of Others in the stories they tell of how they became aware of their ethnic identity or their belonging to a specific ethnic group?   Before the seminar (from 8:30), the participants are invited to breakfast in the kitchen at the School of Global Studies.

The seminar presents the results from two recent studies on young people’s ethnic identity. The first study is about what types of stories young people connect with their ethnic belonging and identity. The second study deals with what the role "others" play in the stories told by young people regarding how they became aware of their ethnic belonging and identity.  Both studies are part of the GREEN-project, "Gothenburg Research on Ethnicity-related Experiences and identity Narratives" which is an interdisciplinary cooperation between the Department of Psychology at University of Gothenburg and the University of Minnesota, USA. The GREEN- project examines young people’s identities and  experiences , with a focus on the stories young persons tell about who they are and what they have experienced.  Those stories are individual and are shaped by our background and our experiences - our stories tell the history of us and who we are as individuals.

Ylva Svensson, Psykologiska institutionen, Göteborgs Universitet samt Högskolan Väst
Cecilia Ekström, Institutionen för globala studier, Göteborgs Universitet
Ove Sernhede, Institutionen för pedagogik, kommunikation och lärande, Göteborgs Universitet 

(CGM och Social Resursförvaltning, Göteborgs Stad)
Konferensen riktar sig till anställda inom Göteborgs Stads Sociala Resursförvaltning som arbetar i områden klassificerade som utsatta men även personer som arbetar med relaterade frågor i andra förvaltningar, kommuner i Västra Götaland, hos Länsstyrelsen eller Västra Götalandsregionen.  Arrangeras av Centrum för Global Migration och Göteborgs Stad, Social Resursförvaltning - Social Utveckling.

Dr. Alebachew Kemisso, Centre for Comparative Education and Policy Studies, Addis Ababa University
Discussant: Professor Helena Lindholm, School of GLobal Studies
(Seminar within the Sida-project ’Research Training Partnership Programme in International and Comparative Education’.)

Education has been recognised as a human right since the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948, and since then education, particularly primary education, has become part of several international human rights treaties and conventions.   Most Sub Saharan African (SSA) countries including Ethiopia, Republic of South Africa, Kenya and Uganda have ratified several of the international conventions which have a bearing on the right to education.   Regarding education for refugees, UNHCR in its 2012-2016 education strategy stated that promoting human potential through education and training as its pillar strategic intervention areas.   For UNHCR, refugee education is at the heart of its mandate, and central to its mission of finding durable solutions to refugee. SSA countries are currently struggling to improve access, quality and equity of education for refugees.   However, a closer examination of performances in refugee education in SSA countries highlight several key challenges including, among others, financing; participation in education; quality and equity; curriculum and medium of instruction; and coordination with ministries of education.   This study, therefore, seeks to examine how the right to education for refugee children is guaranteed in SSA region and the challenges that schools and teachers face in implementing these rights.

Peter Esaiasson, Department of political Science, University of Gothenburg

he project examined how asylum seekers’ opinions about Swedish society and its’ institutions develop during the asylum process. This was made through an online survey panel composed of people applying for asylum in Sweden. The aim of the project was to give asylum seekers as group a voice in the public debate, and to find answers to questions regarding the organization of the asylum application process and the integration of newly arrived refugees. 

Anna Bredström, Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society, REMESO; Linköping University
Branka Likic Brboric, Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society, REMESO; Linköping University
Norma Montesino, School of Social Work, Lund University 

Gain insight on current multidisciplinary discussions from academic and practical perspectives. Make connections with students and student organizations working directly with these issues.  In the morning, there will be seminars with invited guest researchers from Lund University and Linköping University. The seminars will be followed by a panel discussion including representatives from IM Swedish Development Partner and The Swedish Network of Refugee Support Groups, FARR.  After the panel discussion, there will be an open fair with different (student) organisations presenting their work.

Vårterminen 2019

Speaker: Jenny Phillimore, University of Birmingham, UK.

This seminar will discuss the application of the concept of bricolage to understand the experiences of superdiverse urban populations, and their practices of improvisation in accessing health services across healthcare ecosystems.  Please note the different location of the seminar! Participants are invited to breakfast before the seminar, from 8:30, in the staff room at the Department of Sociology and Work Science.

By using the concept of healthcare bricolage and an ecosystem approach, we render visible the agency of individuals as they creatively mobilise, utilise and re-use resources in the face of constraints on access to healthcare services. Such resources include multiple knowledges, ideas, materials, and networks.   The concept of bricolage is particularly useful given that superdiverse populations are by definition heterogeneous, multilingual and transnational, and frequently in localities characterised as ’resource-poor’, in which bricolage may be necessary to overcome such constraints, and where mainstream healthcare providers have limited understanding of the challenges that populations experience in accessing services.   The ’politics of bricolage’ as neoliberal strategies of self-empowerment legitimizing the withdrawal of the welfare state are critically discussed.   Conflicting aspects of bricolage are made explicit in setting out tactics of relevance to researching the practices of bricolage.  Jenny Phillimore is a professor of Migration and Superdiversity at the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology at the University of Birmingham, UK, and director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity.    She is a world leading scholar in refugee integration, superdiversity and access to social welfare with a particular focus on public health, as well as publishing and development of the community research methodology.   Over the past decade she has managed teams of researchers focusing on access to health, education, employment, training, and housing integration with a particular focus on integration and organisational change in the UK and EU.   Currently she leads the international SEREDA project which aims to understand the incidence and nature of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) experienced by women, men and child refugees who have fled conflict in the Levant Region.

Josephine Greenbrook, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg and the Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and the Law, University of Edinburgh

The current Swedish law places clinicians in a gatekeeper role in granting undocumented migrants’ right to healthcare access, exclusively relying on clinicians’ assessments of whether patients without legal residency status should be provided ’care that cannot be deferred’. This seminar will present preliminary findings on how ’care that cannot be deferred’ is experienced, understood, and applied by physicians working in Swedish medical practice. 

The theoretical framework of legal consciousness acknowledges the known gap existing between the law in writing and the law in its everyday practical application when embodied by individual actors in society. Limited research has explored legal consciousness in medical contexts, and limited knowledge exists surrounding how the intrusion of law in medical ethics and medical authority impacts clinical work and patient rights. Conflicts and dissonance between law and medical ethics can be saliently observed in Sweden, where current law (Act 2013:407) forcibly places clinicians in a gatekeeper role in satisfying undocumented migrants’ right to healthcare access, exclusively relying on clinicians’ assessments of whether patients without legal residency status should be provided ’care that cannot be deferred’. Following the new law’s introduction in 2013, the National Board of Health and Welfare and the health professions alike have decried the legal terminology used in the law for its unspecific nature, its incompatibility with medical ethics, and its inapplicability in medical contexts. The seminar will present preliminary findings from qualitative phenomenological work exploring how ’care that cannot be deferred’ is experienced, understood, and applied by physicians working in Swedish medical practice, in the effort to contextualize the perceived meaning ascribed to their gatekeeper role through the lens of legal consciousness theory.   The novel data which will be presented contributes to the limited body of empirical work exploring legal consciousness in medical professionals, suggesting that whether or not physicians hold legal knowledge, when law conflicts with foundational medical ethics and principles of non-discrimination, the intrusion of law in the medical profession leads to the explicit, and often collective, rejection of law. Josephine Greenbrook is currently a lecturer at the Institute of Health and Care Sciences at Sahlgrenska Academy, as well as being affiliated to the Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and the Law at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Law, where the present research is hosted. Josephine holds a diverse background, having studying psychology prior to expanding to medical jurisprudence and medical ethics, whilst also touching base in sociology, healthcare science, social anthropology, and social work along the way. She is also involved in humanitarian work, including being part of the psychiatric team at the Rosengrenska Foundation, catering to undocumented migrants in the Gothenburg region, as well as being involved in a variety of global mental health efforts abroad.  


Workshop for those intending to apply for Swedish Research Council’s (VR) research project grants during the spring, especially the call within migration and integration, but also for migration related project applications in VR:s calls in other subject areas.

A seminar devoted to the improvement of any research proposals you plan to submit to The Swedish Research Council (VR), spring 2019. During the seminar, submitted draft applications are discussed in order to assist the author(s) in improving the quality of the applications. The seminar is open for everyone who wants to contribute, you do not have to bring your own draft application. In order to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to contribute to the discussion, we kindly ask you to make your intention to participate known in advance so that we can distribute the drafts to all participants.

Deliang Chen, August Röhss Chair, Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Gothenburg

Changes in environment in which people live represent a critical factor for migration. This talk focuses on slow-onset disasters and gradual environmental degradation, and the implications of these changes in terms of the populations affected, depending on the global climate warming targets, will be compared and discussed.

Changes in environment in which people live represent a critical factor for migration.   Climate change has been and will be an important part of environmental changes. We know that both gradual climate change such as global warming and slow- or sudden onset natural disasters like drought influence population migration patterns but in different ways. This talk focuses on slow-onset disasters and gradual environmental degradation, especially aridification/desertification and reduced fresh water resources under current and future climates. The implications of these changes in terms of the populations affected, depending on the global climate warming targets, will be compared and discussed. Deliang Chen is a world renowned climate researcher and elected member of six leading Academies in the world. He has served on numerous international and national committees and boards, as well as advised various governmental, intergovernmental, and international non-governmental bodies including funding agencies. Recent examples include: chair of the Nomination Committee of the Stockholm Water Prize; member of the Science Committee of the VOLVO Environment Prize; Chair of the Earth Science Division of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences; and member of the Board of Stockholm Resilience Centre as well as Bolin Centre External Science Advisory Group.   He also acts as a Coordinating Lead Author in Working Group I of the IPCC's sixth assessment report, and serves as an editor for several international scientific journals.

Seminar with Anne White, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), United Kingdom on Understanding the impact of migration on societies of origin, using the example of Poland.

Conventional wisdom on migration, and conventional migration scholarship, tend to see the impact of migration on sending countries in terms of loss, such as "brain drain". Contemporary scholars focus more helpfully on how migration creates ties between specific countries. However, because the impact of migration on sending countries is usually studied in connection with development policy, researchers devote most of their attention rather narrowly to the collective impact of so-called diasporas, asking what they can contribute to their countries of origin. This approach ignores many dimensions of migration impact and is particularly unsuitable for understanding the mobility of EU citizens, for whom migration is often a family or individual project undertaken with little or no reference to its effects on communities of origin. Moreover, by focusing on diasporas, the analyst may be tempted to ignore the lives of stayers - the people who actually experience migration impact in the sending country - and/or to overstate the impact of migration. In her new co-authored book (White et al 2018), White argues that a comprehensive and non-normative analysis of migration impact should take as its starting point existing social trends in countries of origin, and explore how these trends (among different sections of society) may be reinforced or counteracted by migration-related influences. It’s usually assumed that migration impact - in the sense of improved housing and standards of living - happens mostly in the lives of rural and small-town labour migrants and their families. Social change in the sense of changing habits, attitudes and lifestyles happens most visibly among educated people in big cities. However, it would be false to assume that these are two separate processes. Migration blends with other globalisation and Europeanisation influences to shape the lives of individuals in Warsaw and Wroclaw, just as in Polish small towns and villages. Anne White is Professor of Polish Studies and Social and Political Science at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London. She is the author of Polish Families and Migration Since EU Accession (Policy Press, 2011, 2017); with K. Goodwin, of Invisible Poles (UCL SSEES, 2018); and with I. Grabowska, P. Kaczmarczyk and K. Slany, of The Impact of Migration on Poland: EU Mobility and Social Change (UCL Press, 2018, open access pdf).

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Global Migration Seminar with Nacira Guénif-Souilamas, University Paris 8 Vincennes -Saint-Denis, France October 23, 13:15-15:00

Thepresentation will draw from her chapter in the book Religion and the Secular, and the Politics of Sexual Difference, entitled On French Religions and Their Renewed Embodiments. Do authorities try to protect sameness by constructing an anti-sexist patriarchy, in order to avoid tackling longstanding inequalities in French society?

Organized by Centre on Global Migration (CGM) at Stora Skansen (B336), 3rd floor.

Global Migration Seminar with Katharina Kehl, University of Gothenburg December11, 09:15-11:00, Room 527, Annedalseminariet

Sweden is considered a particularly good place to be queer in. However, in order to be included into the protective national fold, one has to perform the "right" kind of queerness. This presentation examines some of the boundaries of this "right kind of queerness" through grids of intelligibility around sexuality, gender identity and race as they materialise in everyday experiences of living in Sweden while being queer and racialized as non-white and/or Muslim.

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Global Migration Seminar with Kristine Køhler Mortensen, University of Gothenburg, February12, 09:15-11:00, Room C417, School of Global Studies

Presentation of ongoing research on the links between sexuality and nationality in contexts of migration. The project investigates both the debates that led to the decision to teach "Danish sexual morals" to asylum seekers, as well as the practical teaching at a Danish asylum centre.

Global Migration Seminar with Steve Garner, School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, UK

March 11, 13:15-15:00
Department of Sociology and Work Science, Room F417

This talk identifys and critiques the major economic, political and nationalist frames used in the UK in relation to Brexit, including the nostalgic hunt for past purity (the white whale), which has been integral to Brexit.

Organizers: CGM and MERGU

Steve Garner is Senior Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. He has also worked in France, Ireland, the USA and England, and has published widely on racisms and their intersections with class and nation.

He is the author of 'Whiteness: an introduction' (Routledge), 'Racisms' (Sage) and 'Racism in the Irish Experience' (Pluto). His most recent book is 'A Moral Economy of Whiteness' (Routledge).

He has also published in journals such as 'Sociology', 'Ethnic and Racial Studies', and 'Identities'. He has held Visiting Professorships in at the universities of Paris VII and at UCLA, and is editorial team member of 'Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.


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Thomas Jordan, docent och lektor vid Institutionen för sociologi och arbetsvetenskap vid Göteborgs universitet, presenterar resultat från ett forskningsprojekt om hur erfarna verksamhetsledare gör när de leder grupper som syftar till att främja integration.

I projektet studerades sex verksamheter i Stockholm, Göteborg och Skåne som under längre tid samlat erfarenheter av att arbeta med såväl relativt nyanlända flyktingar som invandrare som bott i Sverige en tid, men fortfarande lever i någon typ av utanförskap.

Under seminariet presenteras vad vi lärt oss om den förtrogenhetskunskap som verksamhetsledarna utvecklat.

Hur gör de för att skapa förtroende och ett öppet dialogklimat och därmed skapa förutsättningar för ökad förståelse, reflektion över normer och kulturskillnader samt ökad handlingskompetens (empowerment)?

Ingrid Höjer and Charlotte Melander, Department of Social Work, and Oksana Shmulyar Gréen, Department of Sociology and Work Science at University of Gothenburg present findings from the ongoing project "Transnational childhoods".

This paper draws on emerging findings from the ongoing project Transnational childhoods (FORTE 2018-21). In the project, we actively engage with CEE-born children's own voices and perspectives on reunification with their families in Sweden and creation of affective bonds locally and transnationally. These voices are embedded in young people's own experiences of separation from parents and other kin, their own migration and negotiations of belonging postmigration.

In this paper we look more specifically at how children and young people we have interviewed talk about their care worlds attached to social arenas in Sweden, organised either by the state or the civil society. These arenas are including primary and high schools in Gothenburg and its vicinity, classes for native language teaching as well as places of worship and religious education.

The starting theoretical point of the study stems from the new social studies of childhood (e.g., James & Jenks & Prout 1998; Knörr 2005). Drawing on these theories, children and young people are perceived as capable to actively co-create caring relationships rather than just being the recipients of care provided by adults (e.g. Pantea 2012). Among the central concepts helping us to acknowledge children¿s own agency in the processes of adaptation and integration in Sweden is the notion of 'care worlds of children' developed by Lynch et al (2009). The care relationships, as McGovern and Devine (2016) argue, play a central role in mediating children's attachments to people and places and shaping their transnational engagement post-migration. Another concept we are going to apply to our analysis is "transnational transitions" developed in Pustulka and Trabka (2019).

The empirical material in this project is collected mainly in the city of Gothenburg and its closer vicinity, where the presence of children and families of the European labour migrants is significant (SCB 2019). Our preliminary results and analyses presented in this paper are built on the two-steps interviews with 11 children and young people, (altogether 23 interviews), who came to join their parents in Sweden in the early school age (10-13) and as teenagers (14-17). In the sample, we include children and young people born in Poland and in Romania, two of the largest new EU member states being represented in Sweden.

Along with other researchers (e.g. Slany & Strzemecka 2016) we observe that in schools, where young migrants spend most of their time, they are building new friendships and support networks as well as facing isolation, peer pressure, and bullying. To handle these complex experiences and develop resilient responses to them young migrants seek and receive support from significant adults as teachers, school nurses and priests. They also meet acceptance and belonging in those social arenas where their native languages and a sense of familiarity help them to become vocal about their needs, rights and feelings.

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Eleni Karageorgiou, Ragnar Söderberg Postdoctoral Fellow at Law Faculty Lund University, will present results from her research on European asylum policy, where she is going to offer a better understanding of the assumptions underpinning European asylum policy since the 1990s and the way these assumptions are reflected in measures taken at the EU level.

In 2015, increased refugee movements to Europe led to a sense of crisis and triggered a range of measures taken at the EU level to address the situation. The crisis -­considered by many commentators as a ‘policy’ crisis or a crisis of solidarity-­ has exposed several structural shortcomings of the so­‐called Common European Asylum System (CEAS).  However, in the aftermath of “2015”, the EU has not succeeded in addressing these shortcomings and has resorted to only limited reforms of the CEAS. Among others, the EU has adopted  ad hoc measures for internal relocation of asylum­‐seekers based on the ‘hotspot approach’, while intensifying an already existing policy process, namely the externalization of asylum and migration control to third countries. These measures have been heavily criticized for their implications for refugee rights and the institution of asylum more broadly.

In my talk, I will draw parallels between externalization practices (e.g. EU cooperation with Turkey and Libya) and the intra-­‐EU cooperation framework on asylum. By analyzing these seemingly distinct areas of EU policy in their mutual relation, I seek to offer a better understanding of the assumptions underpinning European asylum policy since the 1990s and the way these assumptions are reflected in the aforementioned measures. The main proposition is that refugees have been framed as threat to the well­‐functioning of the single market and, as such, they have been excluded from the  free movement project. This rationale has shaped Europe’s involvement in refugee law, in such a way as to transform the CEAS from a regional regime of international protection to a system of deterrence and control. The same logic has also informed the meaning and function of the EU principle of solidarity in times of crisis with a bearing on the way asylum responsibilities are distributed within the EU and between the EU and third countries.

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Gregg Bucken-Knapp, Professor of Public Administration; Vedran Omanovic, Assistant Professor in the School of Business, Economics and Law; Andrea Spehar, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre on Global Migration (CGM) at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, are going to present their book ''Institutions and Organizations of Refugee Integration: Bosnian-Herzegovinian and Syrian Refugees in Sweden'' in this seminar.

This book examines the integration experiences of refugees to Sweden from Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992-1995), and more recently from Syria (2014-2018) - two of the largest-scale refugee movements in Europe for the last thirty years.

It focuses on refugees’ interactions with key institutions of integration including language training, civic orientation, validation of previous educational experience, organizations and multiple labour market initiatives targeting refugees. Drawing on interviews with the refugees themselves, it offers a nuanced analysis of how the institutions of integration operate on a daily basis, and the effects they have on the lives of those who take part in them. The authors’ comparative approach highlights the particularities of each refugee movement while also revealing developments and persistent issues within institutions of integration in the intervening years between the Bosnian-Herzegovinian and Syrian conflicts.

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