Iraqi Kurds on the Move: From Involuntary Immobility to Mass Migration

A seminar with Dr. Erlend Paasche, University of Oslo.

Free admission and open to all.

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Paasche will first offer some reflections on the potential for cross-pollination between Middle East and North Africa studies and migration studies. He then presents his doctoral dissertation on Iraqi Kurdish return migration from Europe, based on fieldwork completed before 2014, at a time of relative political stability, economic growth as well as a widespread sense of buoyant optimism in the streets of Erbil, Duhok and Suleymaniah. Corruption in the Kurdish Regional Government emerged as a central theme in the context of Iraqi Kurds’ return decisions as well as experiences of return and reintegration.


Erlend Paasche has a B.A and an M.A in Middle East studies from the University of Oslo. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law at the University of Oslo, where he conducts research on border control and migration culture, and teaches migration studies. With fieldwork experience from Syria, Iraqi Kurdistan, Kosovo and Nigeria, he has been a visiting scholar at the University of Sussex and the University of Oxford.


If you have any questions concerning the seminar, please contact our CIMS coordinator, Alexandra H. Koritzinsky, either by email:, or at: (+47) 957 21 103.

Published Jan. 22, 2019 1:48 PM - Last modified Mar. 17, 2022 1:12 PM