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Dealing with Crises in Liminal Situations: The Agency of Forced Migrants and Solidarity Activists
Team member Ibrahim Soysüren
   
Project partner Walter Leimgruber
   
Abstract This project aims at understanding how agency develops in times of crises, by focusing on the perspective of precarious migrants and solidarity activists involved in forced migration processes. We pay particular attention to these actors’ perceptions, discourses and practices.
We work with the concept of “liminality”, which captures the “in-betweenness” and uncertainty that forced migrants experience when faced with (new) crises. With this concept, we refer to liminal spaces in which migrants live through, but also to the liminality that they experience with regard to waiting time, precarious livelihoods, and social and legal status. A specific focus of our project lies in the role that information and communication technologies play for migrants and solidarity activists in such situations.
Based on a qualitative empirical research design combining participant observation, virtual methods, document analysis and interviews, we conduct three case studies, in Turkey, Romania and Switzerland.
   
Keywords Forced migration, migration crisis, liminality, agency, Syria, Ukraine
   
Project homepage http://https://nccr-onthemove.ch/projects/dealing-with-cr...
   
Type of project Fundamental research project
Research area sociology, anthropology
Method of financing SNF nccr-on the move
Status Ongoing
Start of project 1-6-2022
End of project 31-5-2026
Overall budget 600'000
Contact Mihaela Nedelcu