Punjab Research Group

Workshop on Asian Migration to Scandinavia, 12-14 December 2011

Posted in Conferences, News/Information by hassanjavid on November 16, 2011

Date: 12-14 December 2011

Venue: NORASIA IV Conference, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

Call for Papers: People from Asia have migrated to Scandinaviafor several decades and have increasingly made their presence felt in the region. Labour migration from e.g. South Asia gathered momentum during the 1960s and 1970s, accompanied by refugees and asylum seekers from many countries in Asia. More recently, as the various national laws governing migration to Scandinavia were modified and made stricter, casual migration has given way to family reunification and new forms of labour migration comprised inter alia by educational migrants, care workers and highly skilled engineers, doctors and nurses. In this workshop we aim to explore the vast field of Asian migration to Scandinavia by engaging in an exploratory and ambitious comparative exercise. What can we learn by comparing vastly different patterns of migration originating in Asia, and passing through or terminating in Scandinavia? Which cultural, national and regional differences make a difference, and how do changing legislative frameworks enable or constrain migrant practices? We particularly invite MA and PhD students with recent field experience to present their work. Topics covered under this broad umbrella include, but is not limited to:

  • Histories of migration and community formation in the diaspora
  • Homeland concerns, religious revivalism and diaspora politics
  • Labour, cross-border remittances and global economic flows
  • International terrorism, crime, trafficking and drugs
  • Legislative processes and changing legal frameworks
  • Majority – minority relations

Kindly send your abstract to the organisers no later than 15 November:

Karina Dalgas, Univ.of Copenhagen, arina.Dalgas@anthro.ku.dk

Kenneth Bo Nielsen, SUM, Univ.of Oslo, K.B.Nielsen@sum.uio.no

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