Forthcoming publications

  • Paju, Elina; Näre, Lena & Merikoski, Paula (forthcoming) Home and homemaking during refugee journeys. Boccagni, P. (ed.) Handbook of Home and Migration. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. 

This article examines homes during refugee journeys. In contrast to previous research focusing on homes left behind or imaginary or idealized homes, we analyse what makes up a home during the journey and what strategies are required to organize one. Essential features of a home, such as access to electricity and being able to cook or charge mobile phones and being able to care for one’s basic needs, such as caring for one’s hygiene, are severed in the journey. This makes the homes to stretch their boundaries to public places, such as cafes, or to homes of friends and acquaintances. In our article, we examine different kinds of homes during the journey and argue that what ultimately makes up a home is intergenerational care. The data for the article is based on fieldwork conducted by Näre and Paju in Istanbul.

  • Näre, L & Maury, O (forthcoming) Multiple Sources of Precarity: Bureaucratic bordering of temporary migrants in a Nordic welfare state. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Special Issue: Welfare state bordering as a form of mobility and migration control.

This article argues that migrants with temporary residence-permits encounter an opaque system characterised by bureaucratic borders that produce precarity in relation to the right to reside, work and access welfare services. Complex bordering practices emerge as the migrants attempt to navigate both the residence and the welfare system in the interstices of institutions, logics, street-level bureaucrats and personal connections. Moreover, the bordering practices necessarily also contribute to reshaping the welfare state itself.

  • Bendixen S, Näre L, & Maury, O (forthcoming) Practicing inclusion while waiting for a residence permit. European Journal of Social Work.

In this article, we analyse how migrants in precarious legal statuses resist bureaucratically induced waiting for decisions on their residence permit applications in the future [l’a vénir] by engaging with the present. We argue that through their engagement with the present they actively practice inclusion in an attempt to create a future [un avenir] for themselves. We argue for an approach that considers waiting not as a pre-defined condition but as an induced temporal context within which migrants are oriented towards an unknown future that leaves open and creates space for action in the present.

  • Merikoski, Paula (forthcoming) Living together through the asylum process. Affective proximity in home accommodation of asylum seekers. Under review.

In this article, I examine home accommodation of asylum seekers and discusses the affective outcomes of living under the same roof during the liminal time of seeking asylum. I demonstrate that the asylum seeker’s past experience of war and current struggle for asylum become intertwined in the shared domestic everday life. The hosts are affected by these struggles on a personal level, rather than as distant and compassionate observers of someone else’s suffering, and the fight for asylum becomes a shared mission.

  • Tapaninen, Anna-Maria & Ilpo Helén. 2022 (forthcoming). Why is DNA not enough? The multiple temporalities of family reunification in Finland. In The Law and International Forensic DNA Profiling: Exploring Practices and Politics of Technolegal Worlds. Eds. Matthias Wienroth , Amade M’charek & Viktor Toom. Routledge.

In our chapter, we study the deployment of DNA testing for family reunification in Finland. We focus on multiple orders of time and relatedness within the process of family reunification in Finland and analyse the ambivalent role of DNA analysis in producing these orders. Our study highlights four temporalities in the process of family reunification. It entails, first, bureaucratic time, and the time of migration, and the entanglement of these two temporalities (see Andersson 2014; Tapaninen, Halme-Tuomisaari & Kankaanpää 2018). Moreover, there are two additional frames of duration particularly relevant for the technolegal regime: the time of law and jurisdiction, and the time of DNA analysis as a form of technoscientific temporality. We argue that the technolegal object investigated by DNA analysis is not the bounded, generic family but kinship.  Starting with this premise, our analysis juxtaposes the temporal frames of technolegal worlds with the temporalities of relatedness as faced and possibly overcome by people on the move.

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