Rikard Engblom

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Rikard Engblom, doctoral student in Ethnology

My research analyzes the social, legal, and everyday situation of refugees who were placed in the rural municipality of Avesta in mid-Sweden, in the mid-2010s. My main focus is on the waiting – for asylum-procedures or other legal bureaucratic processes to unfold – and the uncertain and precarious conditions such waiting produces. Rather than seeing waiting merely as an expression of subordination, I document the ways refugees cope with waiting and how waiting produces both humanitarian engagement as well as initiatives and discourses which can be labelled “securitarian” that aim to restrict refugees’ access to Swedish society.

Contact: rikard.engblom@etnologi.uu.se