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11/5 ‘I promise you my country will help you’

IMER Lunch Seminar
‘ I promise you my country will help you’ –
Promissory acts within the Norwegian refugee regime  
Time: Thursday 11th of May 2023, 12.00 – 13.00
Place: Bergen Global, Jekteviksbakken 31
You can also follow through this zoom link
It will be great to know if you plan to join us using the registration link here.   A light lunch will be served. 
About the Seminar
Promises play an integral part in refugee regimes of Western liberal democracies. They appear in political speeches, bureaucratic procedures, legal texts on asylum, or integration programs. In this IMER seminar, Manuel Insberg explores how promissory acts constitute the relationship between refugees and the receiving society and engender powerful images of the future,  drawing on data from his ethnographic fieldwork in Oslo.Protection, a good life, and participation in the receiving society are promised objects that politicians, government officials, or humanitarian actors declare desirable for certain ‘deserving’ forced migrants. However, they are also inevitably linked to assurances of protecting the integrity of the nation, its citizens, and the prosperity of the welfare state. Following Sarah Ahmed’s and Lauren Berlant’s accounts on promises, Insberg understands the Norwegian refugee regime as a cluster of hegemonic promises that (re)produces different subjectivities and the power relations between them through promises. Zooming in on some encounters with his interlocutors who have gained protection status in Norway, this presentation sheds light on the promises that circulate within the refugee regime.
Manuel Insberg is a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Social Anthropology at the University of Bern in Switzerland and a short-term visiting PhD scholar at the Center for Women and Gender Studies (SKOK) at UiB. Manuel is part of the SNF-Ambizione project ‘Violent Safe Havens? Exploring Articulations and Repercussions of Violence in Refugee Reception and Settlement’ funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.  
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24-25/8 Critical Perspectives on Precarious and Informal Work

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Critical Perspectives on Precarious and Informal Work

24th-25th, August 2023

University of Helsinki, Finland

We are excited to invite you to submit individual paper proposals to the kick-off symposium of the project Tackling Precarious and Informal Work in the Nordic Countries (Future Challenges in the Nordics programme)

Deadline extended to May 15th, 2023

The two-day symposium brings together scholars across different disciplines studying precarious and informal work in the Nordics and beyond. The world of work is being transformed by globalisation, deregulation, digitalisation, robotization, and demographic changes due to population ageing and migration. In addition, frequent shocks such as financial crises, the pandemic, and the current energy crisis impact workers across the Nordics and beyond. The erosion of secure employment is a phenomenon that transcends nation-state borders. We are also witnessing the increase of precarious work especially in, but not limited to, sectors like cleaning, construction, and agriculture and in new modes of organising work such as the platform economy.

Especially the Nordic social model, characterized by high employment and taxes, low wage and income equality, and comprehensive welfare regimes, has relied on the prevalence of formal employment at reasonable pay. The symposium seeks to tackle the following questions, but not limited to these:  How do welfare states respond to these transformations? What are the effects of the erosion of secure employment on individual workers and communities? In which ways are different labour sectors, labour relations, and labour processes changing? How do intersecting inequalities based on gender, ‘race’, ethnicity, class, migrancy, and so forth structure the everyday of work?  In which novel ways do relations of production and social reproduction intermingle in the contemporary transformations of work? Do the concepts of precarious and informal work capture the changing world of work or should these be re-thought?

We encourage paper proposals coming from a range of disciplines and welcome submissions from scholars representing various approaches, backgrounds, and scholarly career stages.

Our keynote speakers include Professor Emeritus Nancy Folbre (University of Massachusetts Armherst, USA) presenting via Zoom, Professor Emeritus Karl Ove Moene (University of Oslo, Norway) and Professor Janine Leschke (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark).

The symposium is on site and a conference fee of 50 euros will cover lunch and refreshments. Please submit your 250-300 word abstract to by May 15th, 2023.

For more information: PrecaNord website and PrecaNord at Future Nordics webpage

26/4 Navigating opportunities and risks on Social Networking SitesTime

IMER Lunch Seminar Online self-presentations of young migrant women in Norway: Navigating opportunities and risks on Social Networking Sites
Time: Wednesday 26th April 2023, 12.00 – 13.00
Place: Bergen Global, Jekteviksbakken 31
You can also follow through Zoom. 
It will be great to know if you plan to join us using the registration link here. A light lunch will be served. 
Social Networking Sites (SNS) represent important social arenas in young people’s everyday life. SNS give young people with migrant backgrounds opportunities to keep in touch with family and friends in transnational networks and create opportunities to establish “digital neighbourhoods” of youth in Norway and elsewhere. Activities on SNS, however, also involve risk in relation to visibility and exposure and may reproduce and even reinforce processes of marginalization.
About the Seminar
In this seminar, Ingrid Onarheim Spjeldnæs and Rita Agdal will present research findings where they group-interviewed 15 young women aged 16 to 26 years who have lived in Norway for several years and originate from the Greater Middle East or from the Horn of Africa.
Their analysis suggests that these young women present themselves in carefully tailored ways according to affordances of SNS, such as anonymity, visibility, and persistence. Self-presentations are managed towards several particular, yet large and diverse audiences, bearing in mind the constant risks of experiencing challenges, such as “context collapse.” Their analysis draws upon research from communication researcher Hollenbaugh (2021) as well as a broader framework of social psychology and symbolic interactions.
Spjeldnæs and Agdal’s presentation will also touch upon the topic of settings-based health promotion strategies that aim to enable people to increase control over their health and environments. In this case, it implies sharing strategies to navigate complex networks, like emphasizing the importance of anonymous chats, sharing health-related information with extended networks with lower e-literacy, and the cocreation of health promotion strategies. Ingrid Onarheim Spjeldnæs is an Associate Professor at the Department of Welfare and Participation at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Research group of Community Work.Rita Agdal is an Associate Professor at the Department of Welfare and Participation at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Research group of Community Work.
Agdal, R. & Spjeldnaes, I.O. (2023). Developing Public Health Promotion Strategies for Social Networking Sites: Perspectives of Young Immigrant Women in Norway. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20, 4033. Agdal, R., Zachariassen, H.& Spjeldnæs, I.O. (2022). Samfunnsarbeid i digitale nabolag: Tre perspektiver på unge kvinner med innvandrerbakgrunn sine vilkår for deltakelse på sosiale nettverkssider. I Ågotnes, G.& Larsen, A.K. (Red.), Kollektiv mobilisering: teori og praksis. Cappelen Damm Akademisk.
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10-11/10 Vienna Migration Conference 2023

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Vienna Migration Conference (VMC) Dear Reader,

In its 7th edition, the Vienna Migration Conference 2022 gathered key European and global actors in Vienna’s historic city centre to discuss the old and new forces shaping international migration – and how governments, international organisations and civil society should respond. These factors included conflicts and instability, instrumentalisation of migration, climate change and post-COVID-19 pandemic labour shortages on the movement of people. 

In this special issue, we invite you to revisit VMC2022 in our newly published conference report. Finally, we are also happy to look to the future, and announce that Vienna Migration Conference 2023 will take place on 10-11 October.
Happy reading!
Presenting the Vienna Migration Conference 2022 Report VMC2022 brought together 250 decision- makers and thought leaders to discuss the current developments shaping migration. The conference was live-streamed to a global audience, with nearly 1,300 people registered to follow the conversations online. VMC2022 kicked off with the Migration Futures Dinner, which featured European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas and Politico Europe’s Chief Brussels Correspondent Suzanne Lynch in a conversation on recent developments and how they are shaping EU migration policy. The two following days were full of lively discussions and 34 high-level panellists zooming in on an array of pressing issues in 13 sessions. 
Read the full report here. 7 takeaways for migration governance in turbulent times
VMC2022 featured two days of intensive and wide-ranging discussions exploring new and old factors shaping the movement of people and how policymakers and other actors could respond. Below are 7 takeaways from the discussions that we found particularly insightful: Rapid responses and holistic approaches reduce risks for vulnerable groups Balancing competing priorities remains difficult but essential Global partnership is vital but regional solutions are paramount Migration policy is not only about responding to crises – it should also be forward looking Stepping out of silos is essential Labour mobility opportunities should be expanded and mutually beneficial Communicating honestly with the public is difficult but necessary Read on: 7 takeaways for migration governance in turbulent times Save the date: Vienna Migration Conference 2023 On 10-11 October 2023, the migration community will gather again for the 8th VMC in Vienna and online. Mark the dates in your calendar and subscribe here for updates about this year’s programme. For questions, please reach out to Impressions from the Vienna Migration Conference 2022 TwitterFacebookYoutubeLinkedIn If you don’t want to receive any more messages, you can unsubscribe at any time.   ICMPD
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29/3 Fin Dag Linköping

Lyfta fler förebilder inom mångfald & integration Tillsammans-priset delas ut den 29 mars i samband med mötesplatsen och mässan FIN DAG Med detta nya pris vill vi tillsammans med Corren lyfta fler förebilder inom mångfald och integration. Priset delas ut på scen under eftermiddagen kl. 14.30. Välkommen att närvaraMer info och nominera (Sista dag 17/3)”Tillsammans och i samverkan för inkludering och mångfald”
Se medverkande aktörer, föreläsare och programCharbel GabroCharbel är en av Sveriges mest anlitade föreläsare inom inkludering & mångfald, missa inte honom kl. 14.45Anna LövheimAnna är expert på mänskliga rättigheter och specialist inom biståndsområdet och kommer att guida oss under dagenNihal Mohamed Föreläsning kl 10.40Daniel Collin-HolgerssonFöreläsning kl 13.00Yamina Belcacemi
Föreläsning 11.30Inkludera och rekrytera på plats i Cupolen den 29 mars
För femte gången arrangeras Östergötlands största jobbmässa med fokus på inkludering i evenemangshuset Cupolen Linköping. Det ett samlat tillfälle för företag, organisationer, föreningar, förbund och offentlig förvaltning att inkludera, rekrytera samt informera mera. En öppen arena att under en och samma dag, under samma tak diskutera demokrati och föra fria samtal över gränserna. Fri entré
Medverkande företag och organisationer
Mångfaldslunch Vill ni vara värd för “mångfaldslunch workshop”?Målgrupp: Företag, kommun, organisationer m fl.Nyfiken hör av dig, info@findag.seFöreningen en väg till integrationFöreningslivet är en framgångsrik väg till integration. Vi ger dig som förening eller liknande verksamhet en möjlighet att visa upp er på föreningstorget. Hör av dig vid intresse. 
Preliminärt program onsdag 29 mars:
10.00 – Dagen och mässan öppnar
10.10 – Arbetsförmedlingen “Hur komma in på arbetsmarknaden?”
10.40 – Nihal Mohamed – “Inkluderande ledarskap”
11.15 – Paneldebatt11.30 – Yamina Belcacemi “Kulturkrockar”
12.00 – Mångfaldslunch ev. workshop
13.00 – Daniel Collin- Holgersson “Svartskalle i lyxförpackning”
13.50 – Linköpings kommun – Arbetsmarknad & integration “Erfarenheter och lyckade exempel”
14.30 – Tillsammans- priset delas ut
14.45 – Charbel Gabro – “Hur inkluderande är du?”
15.30 – Summering och avslutningDagen kommer även innehålla: Jobb- och språkcafe, Integrationsfika över kommungränserna, Gränslösa möten mm
Klicka här, FIN DAG 29 mars Vill du påverka eller medverka på en FIN DAG?För att skapa ett inkluderande och relevant innehåll för mötesplatsen ser vi gärna flera inblandade aktörer och olika inspel. Ni kanske vet en intressant föreläsare eller har ett eget nätverk ni vill koppla på? Tveka inte att höra av dig:
Alla behövs – Alla bidrarCupolen Linköping
Onsdag 29 mars 2023

kl. 10-16 Jobb- och Arbetsmarknadsmässa
kl. 10-15 Föreläsningar, utställare, seminarium, paneldebatt
Till sist:Det finns samband mellan ett företags lönsamhet och hur man arbetar med inkludering och mångfald
Många nyanlända har varit företagare i sina hemländer!Segregation, kriminalitet och utanförskap kan begränsas genom att fler kommer i sysselsättning!Börja se våra utsatta områden som tillväxtområde Dela på Facebook Dela på LinkedIn  


23/3 (Re)building supportive relationships for unaccompanied minor refugees: Narratives from Norway, Finland and Scotland

IMER Lunch Seminar

 Time:  Thursday 23rd of March 2023, 12.00 – 13.00

Place: Bergen Global, Jekteviksbakken 31

You can also follow through zoom. 

It will be great to know if you plan to join us using the registration link here. A light lunch will be served.

About the Seminar

(Re)building supportive relationships is a key task for unaccompanied minor refugees aspiring for a good life. In this seminar, Marte Knag Fylkesnes explores the role of new family-like relationships in building and sustaining wellbeing, from the perspectives of young people in Finland, Norway, and Scotland. She also discusses the usefulness of the wellbeing approach in this context.

Rather than conceiving wellbeing as an individual output, the analysis is inspired by Sarah White’s concept relational wellbeing. This directs the gaze towards how wellbeing is negotiated in the space between individuals and social systems. Across the three case countries, young participants emphasized the importance of building close, committed, mutual relationships with friends and professionals; “like a father”, “a brother I live with”. The presentation will unpack the needs these relationships meet, as circumstances change over time in the transition to adulthood, and what this can tell us about the social structures unaccompanied minor refugees negotiate, aiming for a good life in migration.

The presentation is based on the project “Relational wellbeing in the lives of young refugees in Finland, Norway and Scotland (the Drawing Together project), developed together with partners Marja Tiilikanen and Sharon McGregor. For further information about the project:

Marte Knag Fylkesnes is a researcher at the NORCE Norwegian research center, affiliated with the Regional center for children and young people’s mental health and child welfare. Her research interests are children in migration and social justice through welfare service provision. Her most recent publication is a chapter based on data from the Drawing together project:

Haswell, N., Kaukko, M., Fylkesnes, M.K, Sullivan, P. (2023). Keeping each other safe: Young refugees’ navigation towards a good life in Finland, Norway, and Scotland. In Reimer, K., Kaukko, M., Kemmis, S., Windsor, S. and Mahon,K. (eds) Living Well in a World Worth Living in for All: Current Practices of Social Justice, Sustainability and Wellbeing. Springer.

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Storbråk väntas kring avhandling om Muslimska brödraskapet i Sverige

Har islamister från Muslimska brödraskapet infiltrerat det svenska samhället?

På fredag 10/2 försvarar Sameh Egyptson sin doktorsavhandling vid Lunds universitet. En 740-sidig anklagelseakt mot namngivna muslimska ledare – och mot Sverige.

Men de utpekade har hittat sakfel. Handledaren spår ”en skitstorm” och är beredd att hamna i domstol.

16-17/11 10th Integrating Cities Conference – Inclusion for all, empowering vulnerable migrants in cities

The 10th Integrating Cities Conference – Inclusion for all, empowering vulnerable migrants in cities takes place on 16-17 November 2022 in Utrecht. The conference is organised by Eurocities and the City of Utrecht, and is part of the project Connecting Cities Towards Integration Action (CONNECTION). Integration stakeholders working for cities, other levels of government, civil society and academia are invited to register.

The event will include high-level panel debates and interactive workshops, with experts providing guidance about addressing vulnerable situations migrants can find themselves in an urban context. For representatives of cities, there will also be a hands-on training led by Integration Champions – experienced city officials helping other municipalities develop their policies. In addition, the event will also mark the publication of the 5th Integrating Cities Report – see the previous report.

The conference will also welcome the new municipalities who signed the Integrating Cities Charter, a commitment to hosting migrants with respect and care. They will join 42 other signatories. Cities interested in joining the Integrating Cities Charter and spotlighting their own integration initiatives can learn more about the signing procedure.

Details about the event’s programme will be made available in the coming weeks on the Integrating Cities website. For further information, please contact or

Practical information


Jaarbeurs Utrecht – MediaPlaza, Jaarbeursplein 3521 A, Utrecht, the Netherlands

When 16 November 2022, 00:00 to 17 November 2022, 23:59

Languages English

Source Integrating Cities

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12/10 Gatekeeping the Nation: Deportation at Finnish Borderscapes from the Cold War to Europeanisation 

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IMER Lunch Seminar

Gatekeeping the Nation: Deportation at Finnish Borderscapes from the Cold War to Europeanisation 

Time:   Wednesday 12th October 202212.00 – 13.00

Place: Bergen Global, Jekteviksbakken 31

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Are you interested in understanding how and why deportations have become a central tool of European migration control, despite its evident high cost and limited effectiveness? Are you interested in understanding these issues from a historical perspective? 

If yes, please save the date for a presentation by Miika Tervonen. A detailed abstract will follow! 

It will be great to know if you plan to join us using the registration link here.  A light lunch will be served!

Miika Tervonen is a Senior Research Fellow at the Migration Institute of Finland, and a docent of Nordic Studies at the University of Helsinki. His research centres on issues of migration, borders, minorities and nationalism. He is the chair of the Nordic Migration Research network and leads the Academy of Finland -funded project Gatekeeping the Nation: Deportation at Finnish Borderscapes from the Cold War to Europeanisation (GATE, 2022-2026).

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IMER Bergen’s 25th anniversary celebration

Welcome to IMER Bergen’s 25th anniversary celebration

2–4 November, 2022

International Migration and Ethnic Relations Research Unit (IMER Bergen) is delighted to welcome you to
celebrate 25 years of engaging in outstanding research and dissemination within the field.
The program awaits you with engaging topics and conversations, and contributions from both local and
external researchers. The first day of the conference is dedicated to a PhD-relay* organized by the IMER junior
scholar network, in which PhD candidates are invited to present their projects and receive feedback from
experienced senior scholars in the field. On the second and third day of the event, we offer a varied program
with panel debates and conversations about timely issues. Four esteemed keynote speakers from the
Nordics will discuss research at the interface of migration studies and ethnic relations—from the importance
of a temporal lens, the relationship between minorities and majorities, and the relevance of a critical political
economy foundation for IMER research, to the politics of knowledge production in our field.
Please register here before 23 September, 2022

Preliminary program
Wednesday, 2 November: Pre-conference – IMER jr. PhD-relay
Thursday, 3 November:
11.00-11.30: Registration (coffee and snacks)
11.30-12.00: Welcoming remarks (Rectorate, Global Challenges and IMER leader
Kari Hagatun, Art exhibition/Marte Knag Fylkesnes**)
12.00-12.45: Celebrating 25 years of IMER research: A conversation with Mette
Andersson, Hakan G. Sicakkan and Susanne Bygnes
12.45-13.45: Lunch
13.45-14.30:Keynote – Christine M. Jacobsen: The times of migration research:
IMER Bergen and beyond
14.30-14.45: Break
14.45-15.45: Do we need to deexceptionalize migration in IMER research?
A panel discussion with Synnøve Bendixsen, Heath Cabot, Marry-Anne
Karlsen, Regine Paul and Cathrine Talleraas
15.45-16.00:Break (coffee and snacks)
16.00-16.45:Keynote – Mikkel Rytter: From integration to deportation: 25 years of
migration research and the relationship between minorities and

19:30 Dinner

Friday, 4 November:
9.15-10.00: Keynote – Peo Hansen: Unlearning the “fiscal impact of migration”:
Why IMER research needs a modern macroeconomic foundation
10.00-10.15: Break (coffee and snacks)
10.15-11.00: IMER jr. scholar network – ongoing PhD projects
11.00-11.15: Break
11.15–12.00: Keynote – Lena Näre: Categories without boundaries? Rethinking
knowledge production in migration studies and ethnic relations
12.00-13.00: Lunch
13.00-14.00:The Janus face of the welfare state: What contradictory aims
and roles should research on inclusion acknowledge?
A roundtable discussion with Fungisai Puleng Gwanzura Ottemöller,
Astrid Ouahyb Sundsbø and Marte Knag Fylkesnes. Introduction by
Astrid Ouahyb Sundsbø.
14.00–14.15: Closing