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Associate Professor Katrine Fangen was interviewed for an article in the Dutch weekly magazine ‘De Groene Amsterdammer’ on the emotional and social impact of the terrorist attack on Norwegian society.
On 21 November 2011, Katrine Fangen was interviewed in the biggest newspaper in Brazil, Correiro Braziliense, in connection with the recent election in Spain. She fears an increased discrimination of immigrants and a recurrence of the job-stealing discourse due to the rising unemployment. In addition she sees the danger of a backlash of social reforms, because of the reemergence of conservative politics. The full article is located here. Please see below for an English translation of the article.
"11 September may be seen as a turning point. Muslims in Norway say that they saw a noticeable change in people's attitudes," says Katrine Fangen, EUMARGINS Scientific Coordinator, in an interview for an article published by NRK.no on 7 September 2011. Both in the United States and in Europe, 11 September and the subsequent 'war on terror' led to increased suspicions and violence towards Muslims. Fangen elaborates, "what is new after 11 September is that there has become a much stronger link between Islam and terror. Although xenophobia and Islamic skepticism existed before 11 September, the linkages to terror have become much stronger." There are also several surveys that show that anti-Islamic attitudes tied to skepticism about immigration have increased in recent years as well. Fangen explains that these negative attittudes can be related to reasons other than terrorism, such as the financial crisis. She states that "the economic downturn has clearly increased skepticism towards immigration." Read the article in its entirety. (In Norwegian)
Linkiesta, an Italian newspaper, published an article on 7 August 2011 showcasing various sectors of Norway, titled “Signore e signori, ecco a voi la Norvegia” (in Italian). On immigration policy, Associate Professor Katrine Fangen confirmed that Norwegian policy does not vary significantly from its neighbouring countries. As in many other European countries, Norway seeks to ensure limited and controlled immigration. As for multiculturalism, she explained that “although it is not an official policy of Norway, it has developed into an official strategy of integration. For example, mother tongue teaching in school, times reserved for Muslim women in swimming pools, and several other services geared towards successfully integration immigrants into Norwegian society.”
Associate Professor Katrine Fangen was interviewed for an article in Pravda, a major newspaper in Slovakia, on the topic of the Norwegian open society and immigration, particularly following the recent events that occurred in Norway. She believes that Norway is an open society in terms of public debate, and that the major media provide space for all viewpoints e.g. on the immigration issue.
The article, "One racist's murderous marketing exercise?" ("Mejor conocer cómo piensa el asesino") originally published by the Spanish newspaper, El Pais, on 28 July 2011 discussed the aftermath of the deadly twin terrorist attacks that occurred in Norway. In the article, Associate Professor Katrine Fangen (Norwegian Research Team) and Professor Carles Feixa (Spanish research team) were both asked to comment on the possible societal effects, particularly on young people, of the tragic events that were carried out by Anders Behring Breivik.
More and more money can be accessed through the EU’s framework programme. The budget of the Seventh Framework Programme (2007–2013) consists of 425 billion kroner. In order to receive such funding, the research must be exceptional. To receive EU-funding is, therefore, a stamp of quality for the project. “The University of Oslo will strengthen the support network surrounding those who wish to apply for EU-funding”, says University Director Gunn-Elin Aa. Bjørneboe.
EUMARGINS Project Coordinator Katrine Fangen commented upon the status of Islam in Western-Europe in URIX, a TV-program by the Norwegian broadcasting company (NRK) with focus upon international news.
UNIFORUM, the online newspaper of the University of Oslo, displays the allocation of Seventh Framework program EU resources to projects at the University.
Read about EUMARGINS in the December 2008 Newsletter from the Research Council of Norway.
EUMARGINS, together with other EU-funded projects, is presented in a recent report by the European Commission.
The article 'Moralkontroll i Oslos innvandrergater' deals with the experiences that young Muslims have had of being commented upon negatively on the streets at Grønland (together with Tøyen, Grønland is an area of Oslo that has around 35 to 40 per cent of inhabitants with immigrant background). The comments come from adult Muslims. They react to western behaviour (like dress codes etc) being adapted among young Muslims.
The article 'How EU integration bars the persecuted from finding refuge in Europe' was published by the Guardian on Monday 16 August 2010. In the article, Professor Les Back from the London-based EUMARGINS research team argues that asylum seekers' experiences are uncomfortably close to a dark recent past that spawned the EU ideal. Read the whole article.
The online newspaper of the University of Oslo,UNIFORUM, presents EUMARGINS.
Under the heading 'Norwegian research leadership under FP7: EU-funded project on conditions for immigrants', EUMARGINS is presented in a news article on the website of the Research Council of Norway. Read the whole article in English, or read the Norwegian version entitled 'Spenner nettet over Europa'.
Recent article portrays EUMARGINS’ research on inclusion and exclusion in Europe.
Aftenposten, one of Norway’s largest newspapers, covered the EUMARGINS-project on April 16th 2010. The heading of the article is “Immigration. Integrated, but excluded”. The article presents some of the findings from EUMARGINS' first book, which will be published by Ashgate in June. This book provides a review of current research, statistics, laws etc in 7 European countries. In the newspaper article, project leader Katrine Fangen also analyses some findings from the project's sample of more than 200 lifestory interviews with young adult immigrants.
In a recent publication from the Research Council of Norway, the extent to which Norway is participating, as a coordinator or as a partner, in research projects funded by the Seventh Framework Program of the European Union (FP7) is presented. EUMARGINS is referred to as an example of a FP7-funded project in the Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) programme.
Utrop, the first "multicultural newspaper" in Norway, presents EUMARGINS.
The Research Council of Norway refers a news release from the European Commission about the first projects to be financed under the 'Socio-economic sciences and humanities' and 'Science in society' programmes of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
The Aftenposten article that portrayed EUMARGINS’ research on inclusion and exclusion in Europe on April 16th 2010, was followed by a comment on April 24th, written by two masterstudents in cultural psychology. On May 18th, an answer to this comment written by EUMARGINS' project coordinator Katrine Fangen, together with the research assistants Brit Lynnebakke and Erlend Paasche, was published in the same newspaper, clarifying some of the main issues of the first presentation. Read their response article below.