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Being a desirable migrant: perception and racialisation of Icelandic migrants in Norway

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dc.contributor Háskóli Íslands
dc.contributor University of Iceland
dc.contributor.author Guðjónsdóttir, Guðbjört
dc.contributor.author Loftsdóttir, Kristín
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-27T13:28:36Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-27T13:28:36Z
dc.date.issued 2016-06-23
dc.identifier.citation Guðjónsdóttir, G., & Loftsdóttir, K. (2017). Being a desirable migrant: perception and racialisation of Icelandic migrants in Norway. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 43(5), 791-808. doi:10.1080/1369183X.2016.1199268
dc.identifier.issn 1369-183X
dc.identifier.issn 1469-9451 (eISSN)
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/582
dc.description.abstract In the aftermath of the financial crisis that hit Iceland in October 2008, increased numbers of Icelanders migrated to Norway to seek employment due to difficult economic circumstances in Iceland. Using critical perspectives from postcolonial studies and critical whiteness studies, the paper explores how these Icelandic migrants in Norway make sense of their new position as economic migrants within a global economy characterised by a growing sense of precariousness, while past inequalities and racism continue to matter. We also examine how these migrants are perceived in Norwegian media, and how social discourses of Icelandic migrants reflect larger Norwegian debates on racism, desirability and cultural belonging. Media discourses in Norway and interviews with Icelandic migrants reveal a hierarchy of acceptability of migrants. Icelanders are positioned as highly desirable compared to other migrant groups due to the intersection of perceived racial belonging, nationality and class. Our discussion contributes, furthermore, towards a critical analysis of the category migrant, by exploring how the term immigrant (innvandrer/innflytjandi) is used in narratives of Icelandic migrants in Norway and in Norwegian media discussions, showing the negative and racialised connotations of the term immigrant and how its understanding is linked with vulnerable positions and discrimination.
dc.description.sponsorship This research received doctoral grants from the University of Iceland Research Fund and the Icelandic Centre for Research (Rannís) (grant number 174347-051), and a grant from the Memorial Fund of Eðvarð Sigurðsson. The study is part of the research project Icelandic Identity in Crisis, funded by the Icelandic Centre for Research (grant number 130426-051).
dc.format.extent 791-808
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Informa UK Limited
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies;43(5)
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Anthropology
dc.subject Migration studies
dc.subject Economic migrants
dc.subject Racialisation
dc.subject Class
dc.subject Migrant desirability
dc.subject Norway
dc.subject Mannfræði
dc.subject Fólksflutningar (félagsfræði)
dc.subject Innflytjendur
dc.subject Noregur
dc.subject Bankahrunið 2008
dc.subject Lífskjör
dc.title Being a desirable migrant: perception and racialisation of Icelandic migrants in Norway
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.description.version Peer Reviewed
dc.identifier.journal Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/1369183X.2016.1199268
dc.relation.url https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/1369183X.2016.1199268
dc.contributor.department Félags- og mannvísindadeild (HÍ)
dc.contributor.department Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (UI)
dc.contributor.school Félagsvísindasvið (HÍ)
dc.contributor.school School of Social Sciences (UI)

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