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Afghanistan-uka 2016 går av stabelen mellom 20. og 25. september. Uka er et samarbeid mellom Afghanistankomiteen, Chr. Michelsens institutt (CMI) og Institutt for fredsforskning (PRIO). I tillegg bidrar en lang rekke andre organisasjoner til et stort og variert program. Sentrale afghanske og internasjonale forskere og aktører kommer til Norge for å stå bak talerstolen og delta i debatter. Kultur og brobygging står også på programmet.
Målet med Afghanistan-uka er å plassere Afghanistan øverst på den norske dagsorden. Afghanistankomiteen er initiativtaker og koordinator for uka som blir gjennomført med støtte fra Fritt Ord og Norad.   

The Afghanistan Week 2016 is a cooperation between the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee, the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Our aim is to bring Afghanistan to the top of the Norwegian agenda, bringing Afghan and international experts to Norway to inform and debate.


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Thursday, September 22 • 11:30am - 1:30pm
Part two: Managing return migration – forced, assisted and voluntary

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Afghans constituted the second largest group of asylum seekers to Europe and Norway in 2015, and the majority of minors arriving to Norway. Norway as well as other European countries prioritize measures that can reduce immigration from Afghanistan and encourage assisted return, while at the same time returning rejected asylum seekers to their first country of arrival or back to Afghanistan. This takes place as Pakistan is increasing the pressure on Afghan refugees to return, and there is an increase in security induced internal displacement in Afghanistan. The main questions for our three sessions on the migration day are: Why do so many Afghans leave a country that have received substantive security and development support for the last 15 years? What can research tell us about migration, the information and motivation for return and how sustainable the return is? What are the experiences of integration in Norway, what are the challenges and what has worked?    


Part two of this event deals with the question of what research tells us about migration.    


Coming home or moving on? Arne Strand (CMI)    


Information campaigns aimed at discouraging people from leaving Afghanistan, Ceri Oeppen (University of Sussex)    


Challenges of reintegration, Rohullah Siddiqullah (refugee from Afghanistan)    


Afghan war migration - the regional perspective Kristian Berg Harpviken (PRIO)

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Moderators
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Marta Bivand Erdal

Marta Bivand Erdal is a senior researcher at PRIO. Her research focuses on migrant transnationalism, on processes of migrant integration, and on return migration and sustained transnational mobilities. She has conducted research in Norway, Poland and in South Asia, and currently combine research on migration and transnational practices, with research focusing on different aspects of living together in culturally and religiously diverse... Read More →

Speakers
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Kristian Berg Harpviken

Director, eace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
Kristian Berg Harpviken is the Director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), one of the co-organisers of the Afghanistan Week. He has held the position since 2009. Harpviken is known as one of the foremost authorities on Afghanistan in Norway.
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Ceri Oeppen

Dr. Ceri Oeppen is lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Sussex. In 2014 she was appointed Global Fellow at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Ceri manages the Afghanistan and Afghan diaspora research for the international collaborative project ‘The Possibilities and Realities of Return Migration’ (PREMIG project). Ceri has been researching issues relating to the Afghan diaspora for eleven years, and has carried out... Read More →
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Rohullah Siddiqullah

Rohullah Siddiqullah is a refugee from Afghanistan living in Norway. He holds a bachelor in political science from NTNU, Trondheim and MBA from Bakhpar University in Kabul. In Norway he has worked as a translator, cultural advisor and social worker in Trondheim. Currently he is giving Norwegian lessons to asylum seekers on voluntary basis. In Afghanistan Siddiqullah worked with United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Afghan Peace and... Read More →
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Arne Strand

Arne is Deputy Director at the Chr. Michelsen Institute. He is a political scientist focusing on peace, conflict and aid, with a particular emphasis on Afghanistan. Strand has been team leader of several evaluations and research programmes in and on Afghanistan. He has extensive management experience from NGOs and research institutes, and has also been involved in developing management and professional capacities of Afghan NGOs and peacebuilding... Read More →

Organisers
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Afghanistankomiteen/Norwegian Afghanistan Committee

The Afghan people work every day for a better life and the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee is a partner in that quest. Our main focus is development in rural communities, educating midwives and public health nurses, and a sustainable management of natural resources. Strong local ownership and active involvement of the local population has enabled us to work in Afghanistan’s fluctuating political environment for the last 35 years. In Norway... Read More →
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Chr. Michelsen Institute

CMI is an independent development research institute in Norway. With a staff of 70 people, we address issues that shape global developments and generate knowledge that can be used to fight poverty, advance human rights, and promote sustainable social development. We work closely with partners in the global South to ensure that local perspectives influence our priorities and research questions.
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Nansen Fredssenter/Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue

Nansen Fredssenter er et fagmiljø som formidler erfaringsbasert kunnskap om pågående konflikter og driver praktisk dialog- og forsoningsarbeid. Senterets medarbeidere har mange års erfaring med fredsundervisning for diasporagrupper i Norge og med dialogarbeid og forsoningsprosjekter i dypt segregerte samfunn. Det foregår en kontinuerlig vekselvirkning mellom arbeid i felt og formidlingsarbeid.     ... Read More →
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Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) conducts research on the conditions for peaceful relations between states, groups and people. Researchers at PRIO seek to understand the processes that bring societies together or split them apart. We explore how conflicts erupt and how they can be resolved; we investigate how different kinds of violence affect people; and we examine how societies tackle crises – and the threat of crisis. We... Read More →


Thursday September 22, 2016 11:30am - 1:30pm
PRIO Hausmannsgate 3, Oslo

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