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Publications 2021

  • Maury, O (2021) Ambivalent strategies: Student-migrant-workers’ efforts at challenging administrative bordering. Sociology, pp. 1-17.

The article examines the tension between student-migrant-workers’ efforts at shaping their lives in a desirable way while being subjected to borders that intrinsically affect the formation of the political and juridical structure of contemporary labour markets and working student-migrants’ biographies. I demonstrate how student-migrant-workers invent pragmatic strategies of denouncing the immediate effects of the border regime. However, the migrants’ autonomous aspirations are entwined with complex forms of labour exploitation, pointing to the ambivalence of migrant practices. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/00380385211033174

  • Maury, O (2021). Punctuated Lives: Student-Migrant-Workers’ Encounters with the Temporal Border Regime. Doctoral dissertation. University of Helsinki.

The doctoral thesis examines the contradictory images and realities of non-EU/EEA migrants holding a student residence permit in Finland while working alongside their studies. The thesis fills a gap in research by moving beyond conventional approaches to student migration limited to an assessment of highly skilled migration and instead focuses on the implications of borders and residence permit bureaucracy for student-migrants’ everyday lives and labour. The thesis contributes to a sociological analysis of increasingly fragmented labouring figures in the context of contemporary capitalism. Theoretically, it participates in the research discussion on borders and the production of flexible labour, not solely from a spatial perspective but also from a temporal one. In conclusion, the thesis highlights mechanisms for hierarchising the labour force and demonstrates how differential inclusion is continuously reproduced. https://helda.helsinki.fi/handle/10138/332829

  • Merikoski, Paula (2021) ’At least They are Welcome in My Home!’ Contentious Hospitality in Home Accommodation of Asylum Seekers in Finland. Citizenship Studies, 25(1): 90-105. https://doi.org/10.1080/13621025.2020.1769558

In this article published in Citizenship Studies, Paula discusses home accommodation practice as a contentious and political mobilisation. She reveals that for many local hosts, opening their homes to migrants seeking asylum was a way to make a statement in support of asylum seekers’ rights. Furthermore, accommodation in local homes instead of reception centres breaks the isolation imposed on asylum seekers by the usual reception practices and provides valuable resources in the struggle for asylum and belonging.

  • Näre, L. (2021) Parenting and Caring across Borders in refugee contexts. (Castrén, A-M et al. eds) Palgrave Handbook of Sociology of Families in Europe. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 573-553.

This chapter focuses on how refugee men as fathers and as adult sons in Europe continue to provide care across borders. Drawing on a range of international research and multi-sited ethnographic research, it provides a definition of transnational care based on the situated need for care and shaped by migration, gender regimes and other structural conditions in the host country and in the country of origin. The chapter discusses both child-care and elder-care practices as well as negotiations of intergenerational care responsibilities in European nation-states which are increasingly hostile towards refugees and asylum seekers. The chapter argues that dual care responsibilities as adult sons and as fathers is a key motivation for migration for men fleeing their countries of residence and that these responsibilities do not end with migration.