Category Archives: New research

This category shows the new research projects that are initated under the IMER Bergen umbrella.

IMER Webinar 24.09: Explaining Variation in Refugee Recognition Rates: the Role of Institutional Architectures

Two asylum seekers fleeing persecution from the same country may end up in a very different situation if refuge is sought in country A or in country B. Expected discrepancies may have dire consequences for both asylum seekers and the ability of the international protection apparatus to protect them.

In this webinar, Pierre-Georges Van Wolleghem, postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Comparative Politics, UiB, will discuss the reasons why refugee recognition rates vary from country to country. Drawing on quantitative data, he posits that variation in recognition rates stems from the procedural diversity of Refugee Status Determination (RSD) structures, i.e. the legal and administrative machinery that transform asylum claims into positive or negative outcomes.


 Pierre-Georges Van Wolleghem is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Comparative Politics, UiB, and executive scientific coordinator of PROTECT (Horizon 2020).  Van Wolleghem works on European Union migration policies. His research interests include social policies, quantitative methods, and impact evaluation.



Time: Thursday 24th of September 2020, 12.30 – 13.30

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IMER Webinar 11.06: Migrant Parents’ Experience with Leisure and Outdoor Play in Norway

In Norway, there is an institutionalized emphasis on the importance of outdoor life and play. This is embedded in public provision for children and in dominant understandings of how families should use leisure time and how children should play. In this seminar, Raquel Herrero-Arias, PhD candidate at the department of Health Promotion, UiB, will discuss her co-authored article (currently under review) on the experiences of Southern European migrant parents with professional advice on family leisure and outdoor play. It focuses on how migrant parents respond to associate discourses of risks in their encounters with kindergarten professionals and community health nurses. Raquel will discuss how migrant parents navigated risk discourse in these encounters in many ways either by contesting, accepting professional intervention, or falsifying compliance.

Raquel Herrero-Arias is a PhD candidate at the department of Health Promotion, UiB. She holds a Master’s Degree in Gender Studies, and an Erasmus Mundus Master in Social Work with Families and Children. Her doctoral project explores the experiences of parenting among Southern European migrant parents in Norway.




Time: Thursday 11th of June 2020, 11.00 – 12.00

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IMER Webinar 28.04: Corona Prevention and Impacts on Syrian Refugees in Jordan

Jordan has enacted some of the world’s strongest lockdown and quarantine measures. These measures have been received quite well domestically, but their impact on the country’s most vulnerable refugees is only beginning to be understood.

The majority of Syrian refugees in Jordan live in urban areas in addition to a significant number also residing in camps. As living conditions are linked to the effectiveness of prevention measures, different populations may experience different outcomes.

In this webinar, Sarah Tobin will explore the situation of the Syrian refugees in Jordan, while also examining the political consequences of the pandemic response in the country.

Sarah Tobin is a senior researcher at Chr. Michelsen Institute. Her latest research projects examine questions of religious and economic life and identity construction with Syrian refugees in Jordanian camps of Za’atari, Azraq, and Cyber City.



Time: Tuesday 28th of April 2020, 11.00 – 12.00

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Call for Papers – One-day Conference for Junior Scholars of Migration and Ethnic Relations

The IMER Junior scholar network is organizing a one day conference for junior scholars working on topics related to international migration & ethnic relations.

The conference will take place at the University of Bergen, on December 6th, 2019. 

To read the full call, please click here

To register, please, fill in the online registration form

Lunch seminar 23.05: The im/mobility of Afghan migrants in Europe

What happens with Afghan migrants after they have received a negative decision on their asylum application in Norway? This is the topic of our next IMER seminar, with Halvar Andreassen Kjærre.  For several years, Kjærre has followed a group of Afghan migrants around Europe. After their asylum application was rejected in Norway, he sought them out in Italy, Greece, France, Germany, Denmark and Sweden.

This approach makes it possible to understand how various aspects of the migrant’s lives change over time, and between different places in their migration trajectories. Identity, living conditions, social status, legal status, social relations, and desires and hopes are not constant. All of this changes along with their journeys. Following mobile people over time also gives insights into their migratory tactics, and the burden that is imposed upon them by different sovereign states.

The seminar takes place at the seminar room at the ground floor of Sosiologisk institutt, Rosenberggaten 39 the 23rd of may 2017 at 12.30. A light lunch will be served.


IMG_7137Halvar Andreassen Kjærre is a PhD candidate at IMER Bergen / Department of social Anthropology (UiB). His main field of interest is irregular migration, asylum regimes, migration control and mobility studies. The topic of his PhD thesis is the intra-European mobility of Afghan migrants in Europe.

New PhD fellow at IMER Bergen: Trespassing the borders of Europe.

Migrants walking along the road between a semi-open return centre and a small town in the countryside an hour away from Oslo.

Migrants walking along the road between a semi-open return centre and a small town in the countryside an hour away from Oslo.

Halvar Andreassen Kjærre is the second of our two new PhD fellows at IMER Bergen this year. He also started his project in October and he will follow IMER Bergen for four years. His scholarship is connected to the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen. Kjærre’s PhD project investigates irregular/illegalized migration in Europe, and he will mainly focus upon three countries within the Schengen area: Norway, Sweden and Italy. Rather than investigating how migrants settle in a certain places or neighbourhoods, Kjærre will “follow the migrants” around. Continue reading

New PhD fellow at IMER Bergen: Mobility and the Politics of Place.


Wanvik carried out research into Norwegian companies and their strategic and tactical use of CSR towards local stakeholders in Indonesia. Here we see one of the projects by Statoil in Mamuju, West Sulawesi.

In October Tarje Wanvik started working as a PhD fellow at IMER Bergen.  His scholarship is connected to IMER Bergen and the department of Geography at the University of Bergen. Wanviks PhD project will investigate the nature and consequences of encounters between transnational companies and how they interact with the relatively poor communities where they establish to gain profits. Among other things Wanvik will focus upon how expatriate managers and skilled workers interact with the local communities where they work. He will investigate how Norwegian companies abroad are received and perceived within the communities they operate. Are they subject to territorialising forces, and if so, are they responding relevant to local expectations? Continue reading


PROVIR Provision of Welfare to ‘Irregular Migrants’

Researcher project – VAM
How can welfare societies best deal with the issue of irregular migration? This question is currently high on the political agenda across Europe and beyond. This project aims to provide a combined judicial and social science approach to the provision of welfare to ‘irregular migrants’ in Norway. By combining a judicial and social science approach, the project will investigate the complex relationship between law, institutional practice, and migrants’ lived experience. Given the special vulnerability of children who are in an irregular situation, particular attention will be given to how the provision of welfare to irregular migrants affects the lives of children. Continue reading



Wednesday, 05 December 2007

Newsletter Nr. 10 / 2007


  • (IMER/UiB):Exploring Diversity Seminar Series: Prof. Oded Stark, 7 december
  • (HL-SENTERET/EPHE) CFP: How to Integrate Minority Narratives in National Memory?
  • MAASTRICHT UNIVERSITY: The Advanced Economic Update
  • (LOVA): CFP: International conference: “Ethnographies of Gender and Globalization”
  • (ÅBO AKADEMI UNIVERSITY) : CFP:19th Nordic Conference in Sociology of Religion
  • CFP: Fifth International Conference “Hierarchy and power in the history of civilizations”
  • (Tsinghua University): New master programme in international development:
  • (CERI): Call for submissions: “Categorisation and Migration”
  • (CRONEM):CFP: “Nationalism, Ethnicity and Citizenship: Whose Citizens? Whose Rights?”
  • Publications Continue reading