The Bureaucracy of Return

Opening up the 'host state'

Police Raid among Nigerian migrants in the streets of Copenhagen prior to their subsequent return or deportation to Nigeria. Photo: Henrik Bohn Ipsen.

About the project

Transnationalism from above and below: Migration management and how migrants manage (MIGMA) examines Norwegian attempts to return Nigerian migrants, enacting a project of exclusion and excision in the pursuit of governance.


MIGMA will offer a theoretically informed empirical exploration of legal instruments central to the sustainability of current migration management, and explore their effects and efficiency. The aim of the research is to contribute with knowledge relevant to Norwegian policy development, by linking Norwegian migration management to wider circuits of migration and understanding it in a broader comparative framework.


The Bureaucracy of Return: Opening up 'the host state' asks whose migration management? Return policy cuts across distinct fields of legal-bureaucratic responsibilities within the host state and requires a coherent and coordinated set of policies. How do state and non-state actors involved in the bureaucratic process of voluntary return and deportation in Norway regard these processes and their roles in them?

Researcher involved

Professor May-Len Skilbrei (IKRS).

Published Sep. 11, 2015 1:31 PM - Last modified Sep. 21, 2015 1:38 PM