Erlend Paasche

Doctoral Researcher

Erlend Paasche
Erlend Paasche left PRIO in 2016. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.

Research Interests

Doctoral research on return migration to Iraq from Norway and the UK, supervised by Dr. Jørgen Carling as part of the wider research project 'Possibilities and Realities of Return Migration' (PREMIG), coordinated from PRIO.

Key words

Return migration, Iraqi and Kurdish forced migration, voluntary return and reintegration programmes, transnationalism, war and migration, inclusion and exclusion of migrants.



Languages spoken:

English, Norwegian, Arabic, German, French, Spanish (to varying degrees).


Working experience:

2009-2011: Research assistant at a joint CMI/PRIO evaluation of a voluntary assisted return and reintegration programme for Iraqis (IRRINI), commissioned by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration.

2011: Freelance work for the Norwegian People's Aid, producing a popular article on the socioeconomic status of Palestinian refugees in Syria, Jordan and Iraq.


2010-2011: Research assistant at the Institute of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo, analyzing processes of inclusion and exclusion among young adults with immigration background within the EUMARGINS project.


2008: Middle East analyst and writer for the Norwegian Refugee Council’s annual report on displacement worldwide.


2007: Freelance researcher for the League of Arab States HQ/Department of Population and Migration, in Cairo, Egypt.


2002-2003: Solidarity worker and English teacher for the Palestine Committee of Norway in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon.



2011-(ongoing): Doctoral candidate at Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

2007-2009: M.A. in Middle East and North African Studies. University of Oslo. Awarded scholarship and institutional affiliation with the Peace Research Institute Oslo and the Centre of Excellence for the Study of Civil War.


2006-2007: Advanced Arabic language studies for postgraduate students. University of Oslo and International Language Institute, Cairo, Egypt.


2004-2006: B.A. in Middle East and North African Studies. University of Oslo and Goethe Institute, Damascus, Syria.


2000-2001: Foundational studies in Anthropology and Psychology. University of Tromsø.


1996-1998: International Baccalaureate. Trondheim Katedralskole.


The following publications are specific to the PRIO Migration Centre. A more complete list is available at

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Paasche, Erlend (2016) The role of corruption in reintegration: experiences of Iraqi Kurds upon return from Europe, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 42(7): 1076–1093.
Fangen, Katrine & Erlend Paasche (2012) Young Adults of Ethnic Minority Background on the Norwegian Labour Market: The Interactional Co-construction of Exclusion by Employers and Customers, Ethnicities 13(5): 607–624.
Fangen, Katrine & Erlend Paasche (2012) Transnational Involvement: Reading Quantitative Studies in Light of Qualitative Data, International Journal of Population Research. DOI: 10.1155/2012/580819: 1–12.

Book Chapter

Knudsen, Are; Erlend Paasche & Arne Strand (2013) War and Migration, in The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell.

Non-refereed Journal Article

Carling, Jørgen; Erlend Paasche & Melissa Siegel (2015) Finding Connections: The Nexus between Migration and Corruption, Migration Information Source 5.

Popular Article

Paasche, Erlend (2014) Nationalism Under Pressure: Islamic State, Iraq and Kurdistan, ISN Security Watch, 24 October.
Paasche, Erlend (2014) Kan Irak fikses? [Can Iraq be fixed?], Dagsavisen, 29 August.
Paasche, Erlend (2014) Vaklende løsrivelse [Faltering seccession], Morgenbladet, 22 August.
Paasche, Erlend (2014) Nasjonalisme under press [Nationalism under pressure], Dagens Næringsliv, 11 August.

PRIO Report

Pettersen, Silje Vatne; Jørgen Carling; Erlend Paasche; Tove Heggli Sagmo; Marta Bivand Erdal; Marta Bolognani; Rojan Tordhol Ezzati; & Ceri Oeppen (2015) Possibilities and Realities of Return Migration, PRIO Project Summary. Oslo: PRIO.

Master Thesis

Paasche, Erlend (2009) From Context of Flight to Characteristics of Exile : Iraqi refugees and Syrian security. MA thesis, University of Oslo, Oslo.

Conference Paper

Paasche, Erlend (2014) Elites and emulators: the evolution of an Iraqi Kurdish - European migration system, presented at THEMIS conference: Theorizing migration systems, University of Oxford, 26.02.2014.

PRIO Policy Brief

Paasche, Erlend (2014) Why Assisted Return Programmes Must Be Evaluated, PRIO Policy Brief, 8. Oslo: Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).
Paasche, Erlend (2014) Iraqi Kurdistan: Partner Under Pressure, PRIO Policy Brief, 4. Oslo: PRIO.

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