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The Migration Seminar: Preventing an “Uncontrollable Onslaught”: Swedish Asylum Policy and Practices Toward Afghan Asylum Seekers in the 1980s and the 1990s

Tid: 2017-10-19 14:15 -- 2017-10-19 16:00
Plats: Seminar room 9th floor, MIM, Niagara, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö University
Målgrupp: All interested in research

Welcome to the Migration Seminar with Admir Skodo from the Swedish South Asian Studies Network, Lund University

Title: ”Preventing an “Uncontrollable Onslaught”: Swedish Asylum Policy and Practices Toward Afghan Asylum Seekers in the 1980s and the 1990s”

Abstract:

This paper argues that restrictionist techniques and discourses within the right of asylum are not exclusively triggered by large numbers of asylum seekers or by pressing foreign policy considerations. Rather they must be understood in contingent historical contexts within what the historian Peter Gatrell has termed “refugeedom,” by which is meant “multiple and overlapping regimes” comprised of “different and contested doctrines and policies at a governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental level,” as well as refugees’ and asylum seekers’ own agency. This paper examines asylumhood from this perspective by an empirical focus on Swedish asylum policy and practices toward Afghans in the 1980s and the 1990s. Drawing on material from the archives of the Swedish Migration Agency I show that, despite their small numbers, Afghan asylum seekers in the 1980s and the 1990s encountered highly restrictive techniques. I seek to elucidate why that was the case and how Afghan asylum seekers, NGOs working on their behalf, and the UNHCR responded to these techniques.

 

The seminar will be held in English. 

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