Seminar with Anna Lund, Department of Child and Youth Studies. 


The migration ”crisis” of recent years and decades-long concerns about ”failures of integration” are prompting a retreat from multiculturalism and the retreat from human rights values. There is a well developed research on incorporation of migrants, but in the current moment one key aspect of incorporation is overlooked: time. Drawing upon qualitative material, I consider temporal modes of incorporation in which time must inform our understanding of integration of migrants. Time is a key element of the experience of migrants from the very beginning as they await a decision on their asylum application. Temporal distances between societal groups shape the belonging and inclusion of migrants in the new society. Periods of significant migration rework the host society and change the scope of individual action. Migration research and societies experiencing recent migration, benefit from the incorporation of a time perspective.