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 (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. Show summary
  • 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.  s 34- 51 . doi: 10.14197/atr.201218103 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Paasche, Erlend (2017). A Conceptual and Empirical Critique of ‘Social Remittances’: Iraqi Kurdish Migrants Narrate Resistance, In Magdalena Nowicka & Vojin Šerbedžija (ed.),  Migration and Social Remittances in a Global Europe.  Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 978-1-137-60125-4.  Chapter 6.  s 121 - 141
  • Paasche, Erlend & Skilbrei, May-Len (2017). Gendered Vulnerability And Return Migration. Temida.  20(2), s 149- 166 . doi: 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), s 1076- 1093 . doi: 10.1080/1369183X.2016.1139445 Show summary
  • Fangen, Katrine & Paasche, Erlend (2013). Young adults of ethnic minority background on the Norwegian labour market: The interactional co-construction of exclusion by employers and customers. Ethnicities.  13(5), s 607- 624 . doi: 10.1177/1468796812467957
  • 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 Show summary
  • Paasche, Erlend & Strand, Arne (2012). En komparativ analyse av to landbaserte retur- og reintegreringsprogrammer : : hva fungerer (ikke) i reintegreringsfasen?, I: Marko Valenta & Berit Berg (red.),  Asylsøker: i velferdsstatens venterom.  Universitetsforlaget.  ISBN 978-82-15-01993-2.  s 205 - 224
  • Paasche, Erlend (2011). Iraqi Refugees in A Damascus Suburb: Carriers of Sectarian Conflict?. International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies.  5(2), s 263- 275 . doi: 10.1386/ijcis.5.2.247_1

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  • 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. Rapport – Institutt for samfunnsforskning. 2021:3. Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • 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.
  • Carling, Jørgen; Bolognani, Marta; Erdal, Marta Bivand; Ezzati, Rojan; Oeppen, Ceri; Paasche, Erlend; Pettersen, Silje Vatne & Sagmo, Tove Heggli (2015). Possibilities and Realities of Return Migration.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2014). Iraqi Kurdistan: Partner Under Pressure. PRIO Policy Brief. 4. Show summary
  • Paasche, Erlend (2014). Why Assisted Return Programmes Must Be Evaluated. PRIO Policy Brief. 8. Show summary

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  • Schultz, Jessica; Lidén, Hilde & Paasche, Erlend (2021). Assessing vulnerability in Norwegian asylum practice:​ amplifying or displacing refugee rights?.
  • 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). Class, risk and ‘going with a purpose’: Nigerian postgraduates reflect on irregular migration.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2018). Human Trafficking and Migration Studies.
  • Paasche, Erlend & Carling, Jørgen (2018). Representations of return migration in Nigerian cultural production.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2017). Crime goes to the movies: The case of Nollywood.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2017). Hayne's Nollywood: A view from migration studies.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2017, 14. november). NRKs Dagsrevyen. [TV].  NRK.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2017, 11. september). Om migrasjon og Film fra Sør. [Radio].  NRK P2.
  • Paasche, Erlend & Skilbrei, May-Len (2017). Forskningsformidling 2.0.
  • Paasche, Erlend & Skilbrei, May-Len (2017). Nollywood. Spesialvisning av nigeriansk film på festivalen Film fra Sør.
  • Søderholm, Tara Matilde & Paasche, Erlend (2017, 03. november). From Nollywood to Norway. [Internett].  Universitetet i Oslo.
  • Villman, Emma Åsa Irene & Paasche, Erlend (2017, 18. august). Making sense of migration through popular culture. [Internett].
  • 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 (2016, 11. november). Paasche to speak at the world’s largest anti-corruption conference. [Internett].  UiO.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2014). Elites and emulators: the evolution of an Iraqi Kurdish - European migration system. Show summary
  • Paasche, Erlend (2014). Kan Irak fikses?. Dagsavisen - Nye Meninger.
  • Paasche, Erlend (2014). Nasjonalisme under press. Dagens næringsliv. Show summary
  • Paasche, Erlend (2014). Vaklende løsrivelse. Morgenbladet. Show summary
  • Knudsen, Are; Strand, Arne & Paasche, Erlend (2013). War and Migration, In Immanuel Ness (ed.),  The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration.  Wiley-Blackwell.  ISBN 978-1-4443-3489-0.  lexical entry.  s 1 - 8
  • Paasche, Erlend (2013). On the Move: The Journey of Refugees in New Literatures in English. Journal of Peace Research.  50(3), s 428- 428
  • Paasche, Erlend & Hofman, Lennart (2013, 26. januar). Gedwongen naar huis.  Netherland.
  • Paasche, Erlend & Hofmann, Lennart (2012, 12. desember). Nederlandse supermarkt in Irak teken van welvart.  Netherlands.
  • Paasche, Erlend & van WILGENBURG, Vladimir (2012, 31. oktober). Kurdish Studies Network Fills Void for Kurdish Experts.  Rudaw.
  • Paasche, Erlend & van WILGENBURG, Vladimir (2012, 19. oktober). Second Kurdish Congress Focuses on Kurdish Diaspora.  Rudaw.
  • Jones, Lee; Daniel Clayton, Govinda; Engbo Gissel, Line; Seland Gomsrud, Lars; Leclerc-Gagné, Elise; Paasche, Erlend; Prest, Stewart; Schäfter, Julian & Pinéu, Daniel (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), s 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), s 267- 267

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