IMISCOE CONFERENCE 2019: report from a PhD

By Lisa-Marie Kraus Looking forward to finally leave the desert heat in the Netherlands, I am excited to join the IMISCOE conference this year. As it is the first international conference of my research career, I think this experience is going to stick with me for a while. We arrived a day early to explore […]

Is ‘language as the key to integration’ a myth?

By Hasrey Saygi In many publications in the field of migration, language is seen as the touchstone of integration. Learning the host country’s language is argued to help develop a sense of belonging and reconstruct ways of life and identities (Esser, 2006). The European Council report on the Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants (LIAM, 2014) […]

Refugees’ desire for ordinariness

By Hasret Saygi In 2016, I spent one and a half year doing fieldwork in a neighbourhood of the Turkish city Kırşehir. There, I investigated everyday interaction between refugees and local residents. One of the topics that emerged from the field was what I call a desire for ordinariness. In this blogpost, I will discuss […]