MIGMA researchers participate in Oslo Migration Conference 2018
- Our aim with this research project is to contribute with knowledge relevant to Norwegian policy development. The Oslo Migration Conference is a great arena for developing our ability to do just that, says Professor and project leader May-Len Skilbrei.
Keynote: Research Professor Jørgen Carling presenting his talk on contemporary international migration. Photo: Skilbrei/UiO
Researchers from the project MIGMA - Transnationalism from above and below took part in the large multidisciplinary Oslo Migration Conference 2018. Professor in Criminology, May-Len Skilbrei, chaired a session on human smuggling and trafficking at the conference.
- There are complicating factors when looking at the management of especially Nigerian asylum seekers. There is a high prevalence of transnational human trafficking networks with vulnerable victims one needs to consider, Skilbrei explains.
In addition to Skilbrei's role as chair and member of the organising committee, MIGMA researcher Professor Maja Janmyr from the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights gave the keynote "Protection, Agency and Vulnerability in the Syrian Refugee Response". Also, MIGMA researcher Jørgen Carling, a Research Professor from Peace Research Institute of Oslo, gave the keynote "Unity and Diversity in Contemporary International Migration". Erlend Paasche, a postdoc at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, presented his ongoing research as part of MIGMA. He focused on how young urban students in Nigeria speak of the risks involved in irregular migration.
The MIGMA project, coordinated from at the Department of Criminology and the Sociology of Law, examines European attempts to return Nigerian migrants, enacting a project of exclusion and excision in the pursuit of governance. The phrase 'migration management' has come to replace 'immigration control', which suggests control and efficiency. This also entails a glossing over of the multiple conflicts that are often involved, within states, between states, and between states and migrants. The research project, therefore, asks if it is possible to manage migrants who prefer to manage their own lives.