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Calculating migration: A multi-sited ethnography of algorithmic governance and redistribution keys


As a consequence of the increasing instability and uncertainty around migrationpatterns, and sometimes populist fears about border control in Europe, governments increasingly turn to new information infrastructures, sources of digital data and forms of analysis like predictive algorithms.We ask: what are the implications of us in algorithms as redistribution keys for migrants? Drawing on the interdisciplinary convergences between Migration Studies and Science and Technology Studies, the aim of this project is to follow the implementation of one particular algorithm, developed as a pilot project by the Migration Agency in order to increase statistical precision of predicting migration to Sweden. Using a multisited ethnography, we also trace its connections with databases available in institutions across Germany to understand how algorithms are produced, implemented and received by different national and transnational institutions and actors(developers, case-managers, migrants, policymakers).This proposal seeks to reveal coordinations mediated by algorithms indifferent locations to understand how integration policies depend on information infrastructures and institutional processes.


European integration , Migration, Public sector

2021 - 2023


Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

REMESO Project Leader

Karin Krifors, Postdoc

Participants not from REMESO

  • PhD Fredy Mora-Gámez, PI, TEMA, Linköping University
  • PhD Karin Krifors, CI,REMESO, Linköping University
  • PhD Silvan Pollozek, CI, European University Viadrina
  • Professor Jan-Hendrick Passoth, CI, European University Viadrina

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Last updated: 2021-09-08

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