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Imagining and experiencing the 'refugee crisis' (IMEX)
IMEX Workpackages

WP1: Local and transnational trajectories among Syrians in Europe

Menneske på kollektivtransportstasjon
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Bartosz Mogielka

This package consists of qualitative studies focusing on Syrians who arrived to Europe in wake of the crisis in Syria. We will focus on experiences of arrival, settlement and ‘integration’ to gain a better understanding of the nexus between crisis and migration from the perspective of newcomers. The first part of this work package includes a case study following up on highly educated Syrians in Norway over time and conceptual work on crisis migration. The second part of the work package deals with transnational political engagement among Syrians in Oslo and Berlin and will result in a PhD thesis entitled ‘Homeland Politics in the Context of Recent Displacement: Exploring Patterns of Transnational Political Engagement among Syrians in Europe. A Case of Two Cities’ authored by Amany Selim.

The PhD-thesis analyses the transnational implications of the Syrian refugee crisis and focuses on homeland politics. Selim is interested in practices of political engagement and focuses on individual and collective activism and practices of transnational resistance including narratives about the conflict. She aims to bring to the fore the role of geographical locations (both cities of origin and destination) in shaping these engagements and narratives. In her thesis, Selim aims to contextualize motivations and mechanisms of political engagement and understand how they relate to localities. In her study, she compares Berlin and Oslo, communities which different in magnitude, asylum reception conditions and geopolitical landscape.

The thesis is supervised by associate professor Susanne Bygnes and co-supervised by professor Mette Andersson at the University of Oslo.