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WAIT - Waiting for an uncertain future: the temporalities of irregular migration

The WAIT project uses theories of temporality and the concept of 'waitinghood' as tools for producing new and critical insights into the cultural conditions and implications of migration. 'Waitinghood' is about the condition of prolonged waiting, uncertainty and temporariness which is characteristic of irregular migration.

WAIT investigates how temporal structures related to irregular migration are shaped by legal regimes, cultural norms and power relationships, and how they shape subjective experiences and life projects. The project focuses on four European migration-hubs, notably Oslo (Norway), Stockholm (Sweden), Marseille (France) and Hamburg (Germany).

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Notes from the field

Places of silence at the edge of comfort

Read Kari Anne Drangsland's reflections on how silence and the lack of the ability to provide comfort to her informants is telling of the normative structures that shape irregular migrants' experience of waiting.

Notes from the field

Tramspotting in Oslo

In the latest blog-entry from the WAIT-project, Marry-Anne Karlsen writes about how irregularized migrants' sense of waiting is produced, where it comes from, and how it is lived by following Ruth, an irregularized migrant in Oslo.

Notes from the field

Waiting in Sweden

Social Anthropologist and WAIT-researcher Shahram Khosravi is currently carrying out fieldwork on irregular migrants in Stockholm. Read his field-report on their experience of waiting, and the effects that prolonged waiting has on asylum seekers.

Notes from the field

Waiting at the borders of Europe

Read the first dispatch from the field from social anthropologist and project leader of WAIT, Christine M. Jacobsen. She has spent the summer months carrying out fieldwork among irregular migrants of Marseille. In this report from the field she discusses the temporal dimensions of the securitisation...