RREMINDER: Call for paper proposals to PROVIR closing conference, deadline coming up.

Provision of Welfare to Irregular Migrants (PROVIR) will be organizing its closing conference “Exceptional welfare: Dilemmas in/of irregular migration” at the University of Bergen, 19th – 21th of November 2014. The closing conference aims to bring together researchers from various disciplines who are interested in the interplay between migration control and welfare policy. Continue reading


Based on ethnogrprt_www40aphic fieldwork in Niger, this Hans Lucht discusses how stranded migrants have become facilitators of the very journey they have failed to make themselves. These connection men, or ‘pushers’ as they say themselves, are now key actors in high-risk migration across the Sahara Desert via Libya to Europe. They have somehow turned all their misfortunes into a form of capital, while awaiting a new chance to go to Europe. Continue reading

Communicating migration seminar: Caroline Knowles – The Children of the Revolution: Reflections on Chinese London and how to Theorise these New Forms of Migration

The Children of the Revolution: Reflections on Chinese London and how to Theorise these New Forms of Migration

IMG_0305This paper explores some of the London data from a three-city investigation of migration. The other two cities are Beijing and Hong Kong, and in each city we are exploring young (23-39) graduate migrants from the other two cities in order to understand how global mobility features in young professionals’ life and career planning. Little has been written about UK migrants in Hong Kong and Beijing, and the existing literature on Chinese migrants in London is centred on long-term (often depicted as poor and illegal) migrants from Hong Kong. Such studies do not Continue reading

Communicating Migration Seminar: Lise W. Isaksen -Mobility, moral and migration: “Familism” in Norwegian and Italian Contexts”

«Mobilitet, moral og migrasjon:  familisme – begrepet i norske og italienske kontekster.»

LiseWSeminaret tar for seg hvordan middelhavslandenes familisme – begrep konstrueres og erfares i migrasjons-kontekster blant nordmenn i Italia og italienere i Norge. Dagens familisme utfordres både av «post-moderne” endringer i familie-strukturen, slik som lav fertilitet og stigende skilsmisse-rater, og av finanskrise og migrasjon.I Sør-Europa eksisterer lav fertilitet side om side med tradisjonelle omsorgs-organiseringer og parallelt med kontant-tunge velferdsprogrammer og begrenset produksjon av tjenester for de unge og de eldre. Continue reading


Migration in the media: Strategies, bias and blind-spots

Kjersti-nytt Kjersti Thorbjørnsrud will hold this first seminar in the communicating migration series. It will be about media strategies that are used by different actors in the migration field. The main foci will be on the department of justice and police (JPD) and the Directorate of migration (UDI) where most of the fieldwork has been carried out. What do people working in these institutions do to avoid or limit negative talk about migration politics and bureaucratic processes on migration issues? How do they “sell” different cases to the media? Continue reading


15th of January 2014


The IMER Bergen newsletter will be published the 15th every month. If you want to publish something in the newsletter, send an email with a title and a short text to imer@global.uib.no before the 10th each month. To subscribe or unsubscribe from our newsletter see imer.b.uib.no. Continue reading

New IMER seminar in the making: Communicating migration

Would you like to contribute to IMER Spring Program, present your ideas, receive professional feedback and discuss with peers! For 2014, we are planning a seminar series called
Communicating Migration. This will be the topic for the seminar series at IMER Bergen spring and autumn 2014. The seminar series will end with a two-day conference in October/November 2014.

Skjermbilde 2013-12-14 kl. 01.13.06The seminar series will cover how migration and ethnic relations are communicated in every-day encounters, in mass and social media, in politics and in teaching at the universities.  Has the way people talk about migration and migrants in different social contexts changed over time, and in what ways has it changed? How does migration theory and research fit in within other topics and theories in the social sciences, and how do results from migration research inform public debate and policy development? Continue reading