What is your story?
Are you an asylum seeker? Do you speak Russian or Turkish? Are you in the middle of the asylum process and have not yet had an asylum interview with the Migration Agency?
Do you want to help generate knowledge that can be used to improve the asylum process? Do you want to have your opinion heard and share your experiences and impressions of the asylum investigation? Would you feel comfortable and secure if a researcher shadowed you during the asylum process?
If your answer to these questions is yes, then you are invited to participate in the research project Asylum Narratives. We are three linguists that study the role of communication in asylum investigations. We have expertise in researching oral interactions, texts, translation and interpreting. In this study, we record and/or are present during asylum interviews at the Migration Agency. We also observe and/or record the asylum seeker’s follow-up meeting with the public counsel. Additionally, we conduct research interviews with all people involved in the asylum interview: the applicant, the investigator, the interpreter and the public counsel. We ask them about how they experienced the asylum interview and the accompanying written texts: was the communication successful? were there any misunderstandings? if yes, when do misunderstandings happen and why? what would it take to achieve better communication? Read more about the project Migrants narratives in the asylum process
Interpreters, public counsel and volunteers
We would also like to be in contact with interpreters, assigned counsel and private individuals who support Russian-speaking asylum seekers and are willing to share their knowledge and experiences with us and participate in the research project. We also hope that some of these people will be able to help us get in contact with Russian-speaking asylum seekers.
Our ethical guidelines
As researchers, we guarantee the anonymity and secrecy of the participants. All sensitive information will be treated with great discretion. Our research project is approved by the Regional Ethical Vetting Board in Stockholm, a public authority ensuring the ethics of research that involves humans. You can find more information here about the process we follow in order to ensure good research practice.
We want to stress that both the researchers and the research project are independent of the Swedish Migration Agency. We do not have any influence on the decision taken by the Agency, and our role is not to help any of the participants involved in the asylum investigation.
You can get in contact with us at the following e-mail address:
You can also call us:
Hanna Sofia Rehnberg: 08-608 50 45
Zoe Nikolaidou (Turkish speaker): 08-608 44 74
Cecilia Wadensjö (Russian speaker): 08-16 47 26
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