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Title [sv]
Migranters berättelser i asylprocessen - om samkonstruktion och rekontextualisering
Title [en]
Co-construction and recontextualisation of migrants’ narratives in the asylum process
Abstract [en]
In this study, we examine narratives the way they are constructed in the interpreter mediated situation of asylum interviews and the way they are later recontextualized in written form in the Migration Agency’s legal documents. We follow 10–15 adult asylum seekers throughout the asylum seeking process and collect data, in form of audio and video recordings, from the investigation interviews in which they participate. We also collect the decision documents that accompany the interviews and we conduct research interviews with all the actors involved in the process. The applicants in this study come to Sweden from Russian speaking countries. The research focus lies on the co-construction of narratives by the applicant, the case officer, the translator and the legal advisor and the recontextualisation of the narrative from oral to written form. We are additionally interested in understanding how the applicant is positioned in the interview and the accompanying documents and how their identity is thus constructed in this process. Finally, we look for all the involved actors’ attitudes regarding the asylum interview and the generated documentation. The co-construction of narratives is analytically approached through the lens of interactionism, narrative identity and positioning. A special emphasis is given on the role of the interpreter as a mediator in the interaction. We also use the concept of discourses as representations of social actions in order to examine the legal documents produced after the interview and to understand what happens in the process of recontextualisation from oral interaction to written text. Finally, we analyse our research interviews with the help of activity theory as a heuristic model and we look for the involved actors’ goals and mediated actions and how these influence the result of the interview. Aim of this project is to contribute with a deeper understanding of the asylum interview and to lead to an improved and fairer asylum process.
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Nikolaidou, Z., Rehnberg, H. S. & Wadensjö, C. (2019). Negotiating access with public authorities in research on asylum. London: King's College London
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2019 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper tells the story of obstacles and challenges to fieldwork in a research project exploring migrants’ narratives in the asylum process in Sweden, where, rather than facilitating data collection, the Swedish Migration Authority appeared to create barriers. This had implications both for the project and for individual case workers and interpreters; in the praxis of informed consent, our own strict interpretation became an unnecessary drawback; and in our attempt to overcome the obstacles, we actively involved the national press. The discussion is framed within an overall concern for the role of research in society, and its benefits and risks in relatively closed sectors, raising issues of personal privacy, security and trust.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: King's College London, 2019. p. 16
Working papers in urban language and literacies ; 262
research ethichs, access, methodology, linguistic ethnography, public authorities, migration research
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39637 (URN)
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Available from: 2019-12-21 Created: 2019-12-21 Last updated: 2019-12-27Bibliographically approved
Co-InvestigatorNikolaidou, Zoe
Co-InvestigatorWadensjö, Cecilia
Principal InvestigatorRehnberg, Hanna Sofia
Coordinating organisation
Södertörn University
2017-01-01 - 2019-12-31
Keywords [sv]
Östersjö- och Östeuropaforskning
Keywords [en]
Baltic and East European studies
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DiVA, id: project:1863Project, id: 70/2016_OSS

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