Erlend Paasche

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Academic interests

Paasche’s postdoctoral fellowship is part of the project ‘Transnationalism from above and below: Migration management and how migrants manage’ (MIGMA), a 2015-2019 research project funded by the Research Council of Norway. Paasche’s contribution to MIGMA is to explore Nigerian cultural representations of migration to Europe, as reflected in popular culture and as narrated by non-migrants, and the experiences and perspectives of returnees from Europe in Nigeria.

Research interests

  • Return migration
  • Migration aspirations
  • Culture of migration
  • Migrant transnationalism
  • War and migration
  • Migration and development
  • The migration-corruption nexus


Erlend Paasche specializes in Migration Studies and holds a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Oslo (2016). His doctoral thesis, Return Migration and Corruption: Experiences of Iraqi Kurds, analyses the role of corruption for migrants’ return decision-making and the reintegration of return migrants. Next to this doctoral research, he has coauthored several governmentally commissioned evaluation studies of assisted return programs, from Norway to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Nigeria and Ethiopia.

After completing a B.A. and M.A. in Middle East studies at the University of Oslo and studying Arabic in Damascus and Cairo, Paasche has worked as a research assistant and lecturer at the University of Oslo and as a consultant and doctoral researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). He has also been a visiting researcher at the University of Sussex. Paasche has worked qualitatively and with survey data, and has fieldwork experience from Syria, Iraqi Kurdistan, Kosovo and Nigeria.


  • Paasche, Erlend (2018). Elites and Emulators: The Evolution of Iraqi Kurdish Asylum Migration to Europe. Migration Studies.  ISSN 2049-5838. . doi: 10.1093/migration/mny036 Show summary
  • Paasche, Erlend; Skilbrei, May-Len & Plambech, Sine (2018). Vulnerable Here or There? Examining the vulnerability of victims of human trafficking before and after return. Anti-Trafficking Review.  ISSN 2287-0113.  s 34- 51 . doi: 10.14197/atr.201218103 Show summary
  • Paasche, Erlend (2017). A Conceptual and Empirical Critique of ‘Social Remittances’: Iraqi Kurdish Migrants Narrate Resistance, In Magdalena Nowicka & Vojin Šerbedžija (ed.),  Migration and Social Remittances in a Global Europe.  Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 978-1-137-60125-4.  Chapter 6.  s 121 - 141
  • Paasche, Erlend & Skilbrei, May-Len (2017). Gendered Vulnerability And Return Migration. Temida.  ISSN 1450-6637.  20(2), s 149- 166 . doi: Full text in Research Archive.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2016). The role of corruption in reintegration: experiences of Iraqi Kurds upon return from Europe. Journal of ethnic and migration studies.  ISSN 1369-183X.  42(7), s 1076- 1093 . doi: 10.1080/1369183X.2016.1139445 Show summary
  • Fangen, Katrine & Paasche, Erlend (2013). Young adults of ethnic minority background on the Norwegian labour market: The interactional co-construction of exclusion by employers and customers. Ethnicities.  ISSN 1468-7968.  13(5), s 607- 624 . doi: 10.1177/1468796812467957
  • Paasche, Erlend & Fangen, Katrine (2012). Transnational Involvement: Reading Quantitative Studies in Light of Qualitative Data. International Journal of Population Research.  ISSN 2090-4029.  2012 . doi: 10.1155/2012/580819 Show summary
  • Paasche, Erlend & Strand, Arne (2012). En komparativ analyse av to landbaserte retur- og reintegreringsprogrammer : : hva fungerer (ikke) i reintegreringsfasen?, I: Marko Valenta & Berit Berg (red.),  Asylsøker: i velferdsstatens venterom.  Universitetsforlaget.  ISBN 978-82-15-01993-2.  s 205 - 224
  • Paasche, Erlend (2011). Iraqi Refugees in A Damascus Suburb: Carriers of Sectarian Conflict?. International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies.  ISSN 1751-2867.  5(2), s 263- 275

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  • Paasche, Erlend (2018). Class, risk and going with a purpose.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2018). Class, risk and ‘going with a purpose’: Nigerian postgraduates reflect on irregular migration.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2018). Human Trafficking and Migration Studies.
  • Paasche, Erlend & Carling, Jørgen (2018). Representations of return migration in Nigerian cultural production.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2017). Crime goes to the movies: The case of Nollywood.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2017). Hayne's Nollywood: A view from migration studies.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2017, 14. november). NRKs Dagsrevyen. [TV].  NRK.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2017, 11. september). Om migrasjon og Film fra Sør. [Radio].  NRK P2.
  • Paasche, Erlend & Skilbrei, May-Len (2017). Forskningsformidling 2.0.  ISSN 1894-8995.
  • Paasche, Erlend & Skilbrei, May-Len (2017). Nollywood. Spesialvisning av nigeriansk film på festivalen Film fra Sør.
  • Søderholm, Tara Matilde & Paasche, Erlend (2017, 03. november). From Nollywood to Norway. [Internett].  Universitetet i Oslo.
  • Villman, Emma Åsa Irene & Paasche, Erlend (2017, 18. august). Making sense of migration through popular culture. [Internett].
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad; Strand, Arne; Lidén, Hilde; Paasche, Erlend & Aalen, Lovise (2016). Programmes for assisted return to Afghanistan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Ethiopia and Kosovo: A comparative evaluation of effectiveness and outcomes, Report, 2016: 2.
  • Lidén, Hilde; Strand, Arne; Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad; Paasche, Erlend & Brekke, Jan-Paul (2016). Samanliknande evaluering av assisterte returprogram til Afghanistan, Irakisk Kurdistan, Etiopia og Kosovo.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2016, 11. november). Paasche to speak at the world’s largest anti-corruption conference. [Internett].  UiO.
  • Carling, Jørgen; Bolognani, Marta; Erdal, Marta Bivand; Ezzati, Rojan; Oeppen, Ceri; Paasche, Erlend; Pettersen, Silje Vatne & Sagmo, Tove Heggli (2015). Possibilities and Realities of Return Migration.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2014). Elites and emulators: the evolution of an Iraqi Kurdish - European migration system. Show summary
  • Paasche, Erlend (2014). Iraqi Kurdistan: Partner Under Pressure. PRIO Policy Brief. 4. Show summary
  • Paasche, Erlend (2014). Kan Irak fikses?. Dagsavisen - Nye Meninger.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2014). Nasjonalisme under press. Dagens næringsliv.  ISSN 0803-9372. Show summary
  • Paasche, Erlend (2014). Vaklende løsrivelse. Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847. Show summary
  • Paasche, Erlend (2014). Why Assisted Return Programmes Must Be Evaluated. PRIO Policy Brief. 8. Show summary
  • Knudsen, Are; Strand, Arne & Paasche, Erlend (2013). War and Migration, In Immanuel Ness (ed.),  The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration.  Wiley-Blackwell.  ISBN 978-1-4443-3489-0.  lexical entry.  s 1 - 8
  • Paasche, Erlend (2013). On the Move: The Journey of Refugees in New Literatures in English. Journal of Peace Research.  ISSN 0022-3433.  50(3), s 428- 428
  • Paasche, Erlend & Hofman, Lennart (2013, 26. januar). Gedwongen naar huis.  Netherland.
  • Paasche, Erlend & Hofmann, Lennart (2012, 12. desember). Nederlandse supermarkt in Irak teken van welvart.  Netherlands.
  • Paasche, Erlend & van WILGENBURG, Vladimir (2012, 31. oktober). Kurdish Studies Network Fills Void for Kurdish Experts.  Rudaw.
  • Paasche, Erlend & van WILGENBURG, Vladimir (2012, 19. oktober). Second Kurdish Congress Focuses on Kurdish Diaspora.  Rudaw.
  • Jones, Lee; Daniel Clayton, Govinda; Engbo Gissel, Line; Seland Gomsrud, Lars; Leclerc-Gagné, Elise; Paasche, Erlend; Prest, Stewart; Schäfter, Julian & Pinéu, Daniel (2011). The Method Makes the Manuscript: Key Texts in the Theoretical and Methodological Advancement of the Study of Civil War. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding.  ISSN 1750-2977.  5(2), s 235- 260
  • Paasche, Erlend (2011). Prospects for Political Stability in a Democratic Iraq: A Study of the Clusters of Conflict. Journal of Peace Research.  ISSN 0022-3433.  48(2), s 267- 267

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