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Nordic Journal of Migration Research
Number of Followers: 7  

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ISSN (Online) 1799-649X
Published by Helsinki University Press Homepage  [2 journals]
  • What Can We Learn from the Reception of Ukrainian Refugees'

    • Abstract: Published on 2022-09-27 11:12:55
  • Learning Insular Nordic Languages: Comparative Perspectives on Migrants’
           Experiences Learning Faroese and Icelandic

    • Abstract: This article explores migrants’ language learning experiences in two small language communities in the West Nordic Region. We provide a comparative perspective based on an online survey and ethnographic interviews conducted in Iceland and qualitative research conducted in the Faroe Islands. A major finding from this study is that investment in language learning is a highly situated type of activity, which is contingent on personal circumstances, and on structural conditions. Prevailing language ideologies, such as purism and authenticity, can pose constraints on the language learning process among learners who are initially motivated to learn the language. Results show that many migrants follow a utilitarian approach to learning and perceived usefulness of languages influences participants’ linguistic choices. A lack of opportunities for language learning has been mentioned by learners in both places we investigate. Published on 2022-09-27 11:03:43
  • Inspired by Iceland: Borealism and Geographical Imaginations of the North
           in Migrants’ Narratives

    • Abstract: In this article, we apply the concept of borealism as introduced by Kristinn Schram (2011) as well as anthropological literature on the role of images in producing different forms of mobilities (Salazar, 2011; 2013), in order to unravel the ways through which geographical imaginaries of Iceland and the North have been appropriated, utilised and reproduced by migrants. We discuss how the tourism upsurge and the ideas of exotic, pure and authentic North actuated migration to Iceland, and how it affected migrants’ narratives. Based on ethnographic research, we seek to understand how these different representations of Iceland impact the way migrants think about and embody the place where they live, and how they reflect the borealist discourse in their own narratives. We particularly focus on the exotic image of Iceland and understanding of authenticity expressed by migrants settling in the Icelandic countryside. Published on 2022-09-27 10:59:04
  • The Golden Opportunity' Migration to Svalbard from Thailand and the

    • Abstract: The contribution focuses on international migration to rural peripheries in the Arctic, specifically Thais and Filipinx in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Longyearbyen is entangled both in global migration trends and Norway’s geopolitical interests in the Arctic. This article explores the worlds of Thai and Filipinx migrants, why they migrate here and how the national strategy for Longyearbyen impacts their lives in the context of recent developments. Svalbard’s unique territorial status and legislation (e.g. absence of visas or work permits) facilitate international migration, but the place’s specificities constrain migrants’ inclusion (e.g. work-related and political rights, and access to social benefits). Higher chances for a good life of offspring motivate parents to stay longer than anticipated. The politically motivated absence of local focus on the needs of international migrants (e.g. language courses and counselling services) seeks to dampen migration. The result is a grey zone of informal power structures, unequal living, working and housing conditions, language barrier and perceived low level of social participation. Published on 2022-09-27 10:39:42
  • What Is in a Word' An Exploration of Concept of ‘the Ghetto’ in
           Danish Media and Politics 1850–2018

    • Abstract: Since the early 2000s, the concept of ‘the ghetto’ has been used excessively in Danish public debate and national policies targeting the integration of non-Western immigrants. This study, theoretically inspired by historian Reinhart Koselleck’s conceptual history approach (Begriffsgeschichte), explores what can be learned from historicising the meanings and political implications of the ghetto concept to understand its present-day influence and implications. Empirically, the article builds on an investigation of how the concept of the ghetto has been used in Denmark over the last 170 years. The analysis underlines the multiple meanings of the ghetto, providing an opening for understanding its concurrent political implications. Why and how did a concept – one that less than one hundred years ago was affiliated with the mass atrocities of the Third Reich – become a tool in Danish integration policies' Published on 2022-09-27 10:27:49
  • Civic Integration through Commissioned Communities: On the Cross-Sector
           Co-Production of Conditioned and Clientised Participation

    • Abstract: Policymakers across Western welfare states increasingly make full citizenship contingent on refugees adapting to liberal democratic values and practising active citizenship. Simultaneously, the New Public Governance paradigm has reinvigorated policymakers’ belief in civil society as a needed partner for tackling societal challenges, such as integration. Consequently, cross-sector co-production of civic communities is being perceived as a model for increasing the participation and integration of refugees. The practices and outcomes of cross-sector co-produced integration remain underexplored. Based on a three-year qualitative study of four cross-sector integration projects in a Danish municipality, this paper contributes knowledge on the matter. We explore how volunteers and municipal agents practise the co-production of civic communities to enhance participation among refugees. We find that a recurrent way of co-producing communities is through public agents commissioning communities from voluntary organisations. Next, we identify two recurrent forms of participation available to refugees through the commissioned communities. In the first form, termed conditioned participation, the commissioning of communities is characterised by inter-sectorial distance and knowledge gaps, making participation conditioned on the resources of each refugee. In the second form, termed clientised participation, the inter-sectorial collaboration resembles a commissioner/service-provider relation, with refugees as clients being referred to voluntary services. Published on 2022-09-27 10:17:14
  • Epistemic Violence Toward Immigrant Women in Iceland: Silencing,
           Smothering, and Linguistic Deficit

    • Abstract: This paper is an examination of how stories shared as a result of the #metoo movement in Iceland exemplify aspects of how culture and institutions in Iceland are complicit in the silencing of immigrant women who experience violence, both in intimate partner and employment situations. Through a critical analysis of 10 of the narratives shared by immigrant women in Iceland, the authors explore how testimonial smothering and silencing are both producing and reproducing epistemic violence in the women’s lives. We argue that the focus on linguistic purity of the Icelandic language maintains these exclusionary practices. Recognition of hegemonic practices is important in the continued development of a more equitable society and a first step in the inclusion of diverse voices in the continued development of the diversifying Icelandic knowledge society. Published on 2022-09-27 10:07:29
  • Book Review of Krieger, Tim, Panke, Diana and Pregernig, Michael (eds.)
           2020. Environmental Conflicts, Migration and Governance. Bristol: Bristol
           University Press. 240 pp

    • Abstract: Published on 2022-09-27 09:58:56
  • Book review of Parekh, Serena 2020. No Refuge. Ethics and the Global
           Refugee Crisis. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 280 pp

    • Abstract: Published on 2022-09-27 09:54:14
  • Book review of Harpaz, Yossi 2019. Citizenship 2.0: Dual Nationality as a
           Global Asset. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press. 203 pp

    • Abstract: This is a review of Yossi Harpaz’s recently published book on comparative research in four different countries about dynamics of acquisition of dual citizenship. Published on 2022-09-27 09:47:55
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