Erlend Paasche

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Position Senior Research Fellow
Degree PhD
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Dr. Erlend Paasche is a sociologist. He has lived in a refugee camp and has fieldwork experience from Syria, Iraq, Kosovo and Nigeria. During the last decade as a migration scholar he has conducted research involving rejected asylum seekers, refugees, labour migrants, descendants of immigrants, and victims of human trafficking for the purpose of prostitution.

Paasche has published in leading migration journals, and has been a visiting researcher at the University of Sussex and the University of Oxford. As a post doc at the University of Oslo, he has taught migration control, borders and citizenship.

He has also taken part in a string of evaluations of assisted return to various origin states, commissioned by the Directorate of Immigration, and evaluated a component of migration control by border police at Norwegian airports, commissioned by the European Commission.

Previously, Paasche has been affiliated with the Centre of Excellence in the Study of Civil War (CSCW) and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), as well as the Department of Sociology and Human Geography and the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law at the University of Oslo.

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  • Paasche, Erlend (2022). Corruption and Return Migration. In King, Russell & Kuschminder, Katie (Ed.), Handbook of Return Migration. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2018). Elites and Emulators: The Evolution of Iraqi Kurdish Asylum Migration to Europe. Migration Studies. doi: 10.1093/migration/mny036. Full text in Research Archive
  • Paasche, Erlend; Skilbrei, May-Len & Plambech, Sine (2018). Vulnerable Here or There? Examining the vulnerability of victims of human trafficking before and after return. Anti-Trafficking Review. p. 34–51. doi: 10.14197/atr.201218103. Full text in Research Archive
  • Paasche, Erlend (2017). A Conceptual and Empirical Critique of ‘Social Remittances’: Iraqi Kurdish Migrants Narrate Resistance. In Nowicka, Magdalena & Šerbedžija, Vojin (Ed.), Migration and Social Remittances in a Global Europe. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 121–141. doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-60126-1.
  • Paasche, Erlend & Skilbrei, May-Len (2017). Gendered Vulnerability And Return Migration. Temida. 20(2), p. 149–166. doi: 10.2298/TEM1702149P. Full text in Research Archive
  • Paasche, Erlend (2016). The role of corruption in reintegration: experiences of Iraqi Kurds upon return from Europe. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 42(7), p. 1076–1093. doi: 10.1080/1369183X.2016.1139445.
  • Paasche, Erlend & Fangen, Katrine (2012). Transnational Involvement: Reading Quantitative Studies in Light of Qualitative Data. International Journal of Population Research. 2012. doi: 10.1155/2012/580819.
  • Paasche, Erlend & Strand, Arne (2012). En komparativ analyse av to landbaserte retur- og reintegreringsprogrammer : : hva fungerer (ikke) i reintegreringsfasen? In Valenta, Marko & Berg, Berit (Ed.), Asylsøker: i velferdsstatens venterom. Universitetsforlaget. p. 205–224.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2011). Iraqi Refugees in A Damascus Suburb: Carriers of Sectarian Conflict? International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies. 5(2), p. 263–275. doi: 10.1386/ijcis.5.2.247_1.

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  • Lidén, Hilde; Paasche, Erlend; Schultz, Jessica & Wessmann, Helene (2021). Flyktningers sårbarhet : Hvordan blir flyktningers sårbarhet forstått, vurdert, ivaretatt og skapt gjennom lovverk og forvaltningspraksis? Institutt for samfunnsforskning. Full text in Research Archive
  • Lidén, Hilde; Schultz, Jessica; Paasche, Erlend & Wessmann, Helene (2021). Vulnerable Protection Seekers in Norway: Regulations, Practices, and Challenges. VULNER - Vulnerability Under the Global Protection Regime. Full text in Research Archive
  • Brekke, Jan-Paul; Paasche, Erlend; Espegren, Astrid & Sandvik, Kristin Bergtora (2021). Selection Criteria in Refugee Resettlement. Balancing vulnerability and future integration in eight resettlement countries. Institutt for samfunnsforskning. Full text in Research Archive
  • Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad; Strand, Arne; Lidén, Hilde; Paasche, Erlend & Aalen, Lovise (2016). Programmes for assisted return to Afghanistan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Ethiopia and Kosovo: A comparative evaluation of effectiveness and outcomes, Report, 2016: 2. Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI).
  • Carling, Jørgen; Bolognani, Marta; Erdal, Marta Bivand; Ezzati, Rojan; Oeppen, Ceri & Paasche, Erlend [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2015). Possibilities and Realities of Return Migration. Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).
  • Paasche, Erlend (2014). Iraqi Kurdistan: Partner Under Pressure. Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). 2014(4).
  • Paasche, Erlend (2014). Why Assisted Return Programmes Must Be Evaluated. Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) . 2014(8).

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  • Paasche, Erlend; Brekke, Jan-Paul & Brochmann, Grete (2022). Europeisk dobbeltmoral. Dag og Tid.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2022). Presented at UDI/IOM Embassy Seminar, on the relationship between integration and reintegration. Participated in panel debate.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2022). Co-organized, presented at and moderated three high level panels at EU workshop on return.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2022). A relational dimension of deportation as practice: Obtaining the collaboration of origin states .
  • Paasche, Erlend (2022). MPI-ERRIN Workshop on Monitoring of Reintegration Assistance: Case study Iraq (workshop participation).
  • Paasche, Erlend & Brekke, Jan-Paul (2021). Selection Criteria in Refugee Resettlement Balancing vulnerability and future integration in eight resettlement countries.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2021). DELMI Expert Roundtable Seminar on Return and Reintegration, invitee.
  • Paasche, Erlend & Brekke, Jan-Paul (2021). Sommerseminar for Beregningsutvalget, innleder.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2021). Faglunsj i Justisdepartementet, innleder.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2021). PU Ledersamling i ID-enheten, innleder.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2021). Embassy seminar on return, keynote speech.
  • Schultz, Jessica; Lidén, Hilde & Paasche, Erlend (2021). Norsk flyktningpolitikk skaper nye former for sårbarhet.
  • Schultz, Jessica; Lidén, Hilde & Paasche, Erlend (2021). Assessing vulnerability in Norwegian asylum practice:​ amplifying or displacing refugee rights?
  • Paasche, Erlend (2020). DELMI expert roundtable on return policy, invitee.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2020). Norm Conflicts in International Return Practice, keynote speech.
  • Paasche, Erlend & Brekke, Jan-Paul (2020). PROTECT symposium 1 Norge og FNs flyktningeplattform, keynote speech on selection criteria in refugee resettlement.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2020). CMI/UiB workshop on project development in migration studies, keynote speech.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2020). Expert roundtable on Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration, invited speaker.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2020). Grensene for migrasjonskontroll, foredrag for politiet.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2020). Keynote speech: On monitoring the effectiveness of reintegration activities.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2019). Return and reintegration in Iraqi Kurdistan.
  • Paasche, Erlend & Skilbrei, May-Len (2019). Human Trafficking, Migration and Borders Under Pressure.
  • Paasche, Erlend; Skilbrei, May-Len & Plambech, Sine (2019). What happens after victims of trafficking return to Nigeria?
  • Paasche, Erlend (2018). Class, risk and going with a purpose.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2018). Human Trafficking and Migration Studies.
  • Paasche, Erlend & Carling, Jørgen (2018). Representations of return migration in Nigerian cultural production.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2018). Class, risk and ‘going with a purpose’: Nigerian postgraduates reflect on irregular migration.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2017). Crime goes to the movies: The case of Nollywood.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2017). Om migrasjon og Film fra Sør. [Radio]. NRK P2.
  • Søderholm, Tara Matilde & Paasche, Erlend (2017). From Nollywood to Norway. [Internet]. Universitetet i Oslo.
  • Paasche, Erlend & Skilbrei, May-Len (2017). Forskningsformidling 2.0.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2017). NRKs Dagsrevyen. [TV]. NRK.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2017). Hayne's Nollywood: A view from migration studies.
  • Villman, Emma Åsa Irene & Paasche, Erlend (2017). Making sense of migration through popular culture. [Internet].
  • Lidén, Hilde; Strand, Arne; Bendixsen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad; Paasche, Erlend & Brekke, Jan-Paul (2016). Samanliknande evaluering av assisterte returprogram til Afghanistan, Irakisk Kurdistan, Etiopia og Kosovo.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2014). Vaklende løsrivelse. Morgenbladet.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2014). Nasjonalisme under press. Dagens næringsliv.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2014). Kan Irak fikses? Dagsavisen - Nye Meninger.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2014). Elites and emulators: the evolution of an Iraqi Kurdish - European migration system.
  • Knudsen, Are; Strand, Arne & Paasche, Erlend (2013). War and Migration. In Ness, Immanuel (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. Wiley-Blackwell. p. 1–8. doi: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm575.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2013). On the Move: The Journey of Refugees in New Literatures in English. Journal of Peace Research. 50(3), p. 428–428.
  • Paasche, Erlend & Hofman, Lennart (2013). Gedwongen naar huis. [Newspaper]. Netherland.
  • Paasche, Erlend & van WILGENBURG, Vladimir (2012). Second Kurdish Congress Focuses on Kurdish Diaspora. [Newspaper]. Rudaw.
  • Paasche, Erlend & van WILGENBURG, Vladimir (2012). Kurdish Studies Network Fills Void for Kurdish Experts. [Newspaper]. Rudaw.
  • Paasche, Erlend & Hofmann, Lennart (2012). Nederlandse supermarkt in Irak teken van welvart. [Newspaper]. Netherlands.
  • Jones, Lee; Daniel Clayton, Govinda; Engbo Gissel, Line; Seland Gomsrud, Lars; Leclerc-Gagné, Elise & Paasche, Erlend [Show all 9 contributors for this article] (2011). The Method Makes the Manuscript: Key Texts in the Theoretical and Methodological Advancement of the Study of Civil War. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding. 5(2), p. 235–260.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2011). Prospects for Political Stability in a Democratic Iraq: A Study of the Clusters of Conflict. Journal of Peace Research. 48(2), p. 267–267.

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