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Reaching Out to Close the Border: The Transnationalization of Anti-Immigration Movements in Europe

​Immigration is seen as a major concern by many Europeans. Simultaneously, opposition to immigration - across the political spectrum - is the issue which most forcefully mobilizes politically.

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About the project

It is a paradox that anti-immigration movements, whose key concern is opposing mobility across borders and who advocate isolationism, nationalism and cultural traditionalism, often work transnationally, with joint events, strategies and campaigns across borders and in multilateral forums. 

This project studies contemporary European anti-immigration movements, by focusing on

  • interaction (forms and consequences), 
  • framing (political-ideological underpinnings), and 
  • outcomes (on migration policies). 

A comprehensive analytical state-of-the-art framing will be followed by a pilot study to trace transnational outcomes in Europe, five comprehensive studies of most different cases (Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal and the UK), and a major synthesizing comparison. 

A Methodology Lab, including leading scholars with various specialties, will be engaged to inform the ambitious multi-methods design, with process-tracing as the key methodology aiming for theory development. 

The main sources of data are surveys, internet (both to map interaction and gather documents), and interviews. The multidisciplinary team of five draws from globally leading research environments on social movements, radicalization, conflict and migration. 

The project will engage with users in a Practitioners Exchange, from the initial design phase to the ultimate dissemination of findings. Through its platforms for engaging both scholars and users, research communication is an integral part of the project from day one, including an integrated outreach strategy on multiple platforms to reach all relevant audiences. 

A core ambition of the project is to inspire new projects on transnational anti-immigration mobilization, while also drawing up and generating interest in a new agenda on the contentious governance of migration.

Cooperation

The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) is coordinator of the project.

Duration

April 2020 - March 2024

Financing

This project is funded by the Research Council of Norway. The total grant is NOK 11 842 000.

Publications

  • Fangen, Katrine (2022). Rasisme som renhetsideologi, Rasisme : Fenomenet, forskningen, erfaringene. Universitetsforlaget. ISSN 9788215063065. p. 287–306.
  • Erdal, Marta Bivand & Fangen, Katrine (2021). A state-centred conception of nationhood? Norwegian bureaucrats on the nation. Ethnicities. ISSN 1468-7968. doi: 10.1177/14687968211012567. Full text in Research Archive
  • Fangen, Katrine & Lichtenberg, Lisanne (2021). Gender and family rhetoric on the German far right . Patterns of Prejudice. ISSN 0031-322X. 55(1), p. 71–93. doi: 10.1080/0031322X.2021.1898815. Full text in Research Archive
  • Fangen, Katrine (2020). Gendered images of us and them in anti-Islamic Facebook groups. Politics, Religion & Ideology. ISSN 2156-7689. 21(4), p. 451–468. doi: 10.1080/21567689.2020.1851872. Full text in Research Archive
  • Lewicki, Aleksandra & Shooman, Yasemin (2020). Building a New Nation: Anti-Muslim Racism in Post-Unification Germany. Journal of Contemporary European Studies. ISSN 1478-2804. 28(1), p. 30–42.
  • Fangen, Katrine & Nilsen, Maria Reite (2020). Variations within the Norwegian Far Right: From neo-Nazism to anti-Islamism. Journal of Political Ideologies. ISSN 1356-9317. 26(3), p. 278–297. doi: 10.1080/13569317.2020.1796347. Full text in Research Archive

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  • Fangen, Katrine (2022). Høyreekstremisme ut fra et kjønnsperspektiv.
  • Fangen, Katrine (2022). Book review: Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right. Young - Nordic Journal of Youth Research. ISSN 1103-3088. 30(3), p. 299–303. doi: 10.1177/11033088211041726.
  • Fangen, Katrine (2022). Fra politiske ungdomsgrupper i Øst-Tyskland til innvandrere og innvandringskritikere i Norge. Samfunnsviteren. ISSN 0805-7206.
  • Fangen, Katrine (2022). Kjønn og retorikk på ytre høyrefløy.
  • Fardan, Christopher Rettedal & Fangen, Katrine (2022). En forsvarlig mediedekning av ekstreme gruppers demonstrasjoner. M24.
  • Fangen, Katrine (2022). Kvalitativ metode.
  • Fangen, Katrine (2021). Bokanmeldelse av Cynthia Miller-Idriss: Hate in the Homeland. Norsk sosiologisk tidsskrift. ISSN 2535-2512. 5(3), p. 63–66. doi: 10.18261/issn.2535-2512-2021-03-05.
  • Fangen, Katrine (2021). Kvinner står i front for europeisk høgrepopulisme. [Newspaper]. Framtida.
  • Fangen, Katrine (2021). Demokratiets arr: Adornos foredrag om høyreradikalisme. sosiologen.no.
  • Fangen, Katrine (2021). Why did Muslims become the new enemy in Europe? Right Now!.
  • Fangen, Katrine (2021). Why did Muslims become the new enemy in Norway and in Europe? Forskersonen.no.
  • Fangen, Katrine & Skjelsbæk, Inger (2020). Editorial to special issue on gender and the far right. Politics, Religion & Ideology. ISSN 2156-7689. 21(4), p. 411–415. doi: 10.1080/21567689.2020.1851866.

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