IMER Bergen
IMER Hybrid Seminar

Migration Control and Access to Welfare: The Precarious Inclusion of Irregular Migrants in Norway. 6th December 2021

In this seminar Marry-Anne Karlsen in collaboration with the Centre for Women’s and Gender Research (SKOK), will present her new book ‘Migration Control and Access to Welfare: The Precarious Inclusion of Irregular Migrants in Norway’.

Marry Anne
Marry-Anne Karlsen is a researcher at Centre for Women’s and Gender Research (SKOK). She has a background in human geography and social anthropology. Her research interests cover migration, the welfare state, and border politics. She is currently part of an international research project funded by the RCN, Waiting for an uncertain future: the temporalities of irregular migration (WAIT). Karlsen is also involved in TemPro, another RCN-funded project lead by CMI senior researcher Jessica Schultz, and PROTECT, an EU funded project lead by Hakan G. Sicakkan at the Department for Comparative Politics at UiB. Karlsen is a board member of Nordic Migration Research and the Norwegian Network for Migration Research
Marry-Anne Karlsen

Main content

Karlsen's book draws on in-depth ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Norway and sheds light on ambiguities in the state’s response to irregular migration that simultaneously cut through law, policy, and practice. Carefully examining the complex interplay between the geopolitical management of territory and the biopolitical management of populations, the book argues that irregularized migrants should be understood as precariously included in the welfare state rather than simply excluded. The book is open access and can be found here.

In the seminar, Christine Jacobsen will have a conversation will Karlsen on her book after which Karlsen will take questions from the audience.

There will be mingling afterwards. Snacks and drinks will be provided.  

If you have any respiratory tract symptoms you should stay at home.