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Migration research at NOVA

The Working Group on Migration and Transnationality forms the core of NOVA's migration research, with Marie Louise Seeberg as co-ordinator.


The following researchers are full members of the Working Group: Kjetil Klette Bøhler, Kirsten Danielsen, Ada Engebrigtsen, Reidun Ingebretsen, Marie Louise Seeberg, Ingrid Smette, Marianne Takle, Ida Tolgensbakk, Viggo Jan Vestel and Monica Five Aarset. Other NOVA researchers also study related topics, and some of them are associated members of the working group. We also have associated members who are employed at other research institutions.

Social and political implications

International migration and the consequences of such migration for both receiving and sending communities have major social and political implications. People have always migrated to more affluent regions or countries, with hopes of a better future for themselves and their children.

The scale of migration has, however, grown along with technical development and global inequalities, and the implications have proliferated accordingly.

Political challenge

Migration can to some extent be regulated by each state, but should also be regarded in a context of major global inequalities in the access to resources. Finding good ways of handling migration and diversity is a political challenge.

As researchers, we provide a knowledge base for politics in these fields, by studying processes that may be inclusive or exclusive in relation to different groups.

Migrants and the Norwegian society

NOVA's particular strength lies in our empirical and theoretical knowledge of migration and of relationships between and among migrants and minorities, the majority, and Norwegian society. Migration researchers at NOVA currently represent such a knowledge base when it comes to a number of minority groups from immigrant background.

We have research competence on a wide array of migration related topics, such as children and youth in multicultural contexts, ethnic minorities and their relations to local and national government services, refugees and asylum seekers, civil society, conflict management in intercultural settings, and the national and international regulation of migration.

We are particularly versed in applying the following perspectives

  • a transnational approach: People and processes in the country of origin, the receiving country and other countries all contribute to shaping the lives and experiences of immigrants and their descendants. For many migrants and migrant families, maintaining contact with the country of origin as well as with family and friends in other countries is important. They may do so e.g. through using different communication technologies, travelling, sending remittances, finding marriage partners, or re-migrating. This aspect of their social life also has complex implications for their adaptation to Norwegian society.
  • a  comparative approach to ethnic groups and nation-states: Different groups have different adaptation strategies and opportunities that must be understood if one is to facilitate good inclusion processes. Different countries also have different policies and practices in this field. Research-based and contextual knowledge on such differences is essential for policy formation.
  • an intersectional approach: Individuals, societies and social processes are always part of complex contexts. We focus on studying the dynamic interrelations between positions and power dimensions associated with e.g. ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social class, age and generation. In our studies, we highlight how such positions and power dimensions are significant in defining different opportunities and access to resources in a wider sense.

NOVA is an institutional member of the IMISCOE research network ( http://www.imiscoe.org/) and lead an IMISCOE Research Group:  Contested Childhoods and Multiple Crises. NOVA migration researchers also participate individually in several national and international research networks.

Marie Louise Seeberg, forsker ved NOVA. Senior Researcher at NOVA. Foto: H. Monfared, NOVA

Contact: Research co-ordinator Marie Louise Seeberg
Tel.: +47 47 01 84 24
E-mail: marie.l.seeberg@oslomet.no

Selected projects