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  • 1. Basford, Scott
    et al.
    van Riemsdijk, Micheline
    Department of Geography, University of Tennessee.
    The Role of Institutions in the Student Migrant Experience: Norway's Quota Scheme2017In: Population, Space and Place, ISSN 1544-8444, E-ISSN 1544-8452, Vol. 23, no 3, article id UNSP e2005Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper responds to calls for studies of student migrant experiences and the institutional actors that are involved in international student migration. In particular, we examine the ways in which institutional actors can influence student motivations and experiences through a case study of the Norwegian Quota Scheme. We discuss three main findings. First, institutions play a significant role in determining who migrates and the reasons for migration while shaping the academic experience and future migration plans of international students. Second, state-funded international student migration programmes constrain the future plans of recipients, reflecting potential differences in decision-making among state-funded and self-financed students. Third, international students - as both students and migrants - undergo significant personal growth during the course of their studies. This complicates state goals to return or retain student migrants, as the ambitions of students are likely to change concomitant with their personal development. Copyright (C) 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • 2.
    Cook, Matthew
    et al.
    Department of Geography, University of Tennessee.
    van Riemsdijk, Micheline
    Department of Geography, University of Tennessee.
    Agents of memorialization: Gunter Demnig's Stolpersteine and the individual (re-)creation of a Holocaust landscape in Berlin2014In: Journal of Historical Geography, ISSN 0305-7488, E-ISSN 1095-8614, Vol. 43, p. 138-147Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In their studies of the memorialization process and its outcomes, geographers have traditionally focused on state-driven commemoration. This is true for studies of Holocaust memorials in Berlin, which have mostly investigated the roles of the state in the creation of state-sanctioned memorials. It is also important to focus on non-state actors who are engaged in the creation of memorials to better understand how individuals interpret and shape a cultural landscape. In this paper we use a case study of German artist Gunter Demnig's Stolpersteine (stumbling stones), which are small memorial stones that commemorate individual victims of the Holocaust at their former homes and businesses. Individuals, families, and school groups conduct historical research and finance the emplacement of these memorial stones in sidewalks in Berlin and other cities. The research findings are based on participant observations at ten installation ceremonies in Berlin in May 2011, interviews with Demnig's assistants and participants in the ceremonies, and media accounts of the Stolpersteine. Responding to recent calls for the inclusion of agency in the memorialization literature, we study how individuals shape a cultural landscape. These agents of memorialization negotiate meanings of the Holocaust with city and federal governments, thereby (re-)creating a cultural landscape for current and future generations. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • 3. Ernst, Kathleen M.
    et al.
    van Riemsdijk, Micheline
    Department of Geography, University of Tennessee.
    Climate change scenario planning in Alaska's National Parks: Stakeholder involvement in the decision-making process2013In: Applied Geography, ISSN 0143-6228, E-ISSN 1873-7730, Vol. 45, p. 22-28Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article studies the participation of stakeholders in climate change decision-making in Alaska's National Parks. We place stakeholder participation within literatures on environmental and climate change decision-making. We conducted participant observation and interviews in two planning workshops to investigate the decision-making process, and our findings are three-fold. First, the inclusion of diverse stakeholders expanded climate change decision-making beyond National Park Service (NPS) institutional constraints. Second, workshops of the Climate Change Scenario Planning Project (CCSPP) enhanced institutional understandings of participants' attitudes towards climate change and climate change decision-making. Third, the geographical context of climate change influences the decision-making process. As the first regional approach to climate change decision-making within the NPS, the CCSPP serves as a model for future climate change planning in public land agencies. This study shows how the participation of stakeholders can contribute to robust decisions, may move climate change decision-making beyond institutional barriers, and can provide information about attitudes towards climate change decision-making. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • 4. Gillen, Jamie
    et al.
    Kirby, Rusty
    van Riemsdijk, Micheline
    Department of Geography, University of Tennessee.
    Tour guides as tourist products in Dalat, Vietnam: Exploring market freedoms in a communist state2015In: Asia Pacific Viewpoint, ISSN 1360-7456, E-ISSN 1467-8373, Vol. 56, no 2, p. 237-251Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper investigates how tour guides position themselves in Vietnam's transition from a command economy to market socialism. The case study of the Dalat Easy Riders motorcycle guides demonstrates that tour guides take advantage of, personify and contribute to the economic, political and social transitions in the country. Relatedly, we argue that Vietnam's transition (known as d?i m?i) is a key component of the Easy Riders' promotional narratives. In sum, we analyse how tour guides become tourist products in a transitional society.

  • 5.
    Panizzon, Marion
    et al.
    University of Bern.
    van Riemsdijk, Micheline
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
    Introduction to Special issue: 'migration governance in an era of large movements: a multi- level approach’2018In: Journal of ethnic and migration studies, ISSN 1369-183X, E-ISSN 1469-9451Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 6.
    Panizzon, Marion
    et al.
    University of Bern.
    van Riemsdijk, Micheline
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
    Introduction to Special issue: ´migration governance in an era of large movements: a multi-level approach’2018In: Journal of ethnic and migration studies, ISSN 1369-183X, E-ISSN 1469-9451Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 7. Trumble, Ruth
    et al.
    van Riemsdijk, Micheline
    Department of Geography, University of Tennessee.
    Commodification of Art Versus Creativity: The Antagonist Art Movement in the Expanding Arts Scene of New York City2016In: City, Culture and Society, ISSN 1877-9166, E-ISSN 1877-9174Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 8.
    van Riemsdijk, Micheline
    Department of Geography, University of Tennessee.
    Agents of Local Incorporation Skilled Migrant Organizations in Oslo, Norway2015In: Migrant Professionals in the City: Local Encounters, Identities, and Inequalities / [ed] Meier, L, New York: Routledge , 2015, Vol. 130, p. 77-97Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    A strenuous hike up Kolsas Mountain on a Saturday afternoon in June 2013. Six hikers navigate a steep trail while discussing their experiences in Norway, ranging from living arrangements to favorite hiking trails and the weather in Oslo. The top of the mountain provides a stunning view of the Oslofjord and surrounding farmland. A ferry starts its journey to Copenhagen while a plane makes its way to Gardermoen international airport. The group eats lunch, poses for pictures, and heads to a second mountaintop. The hike is organized by an Indian IT specialist for Norway International Network (NIN), a social organization for expats and Norwegians. The hike is attended by two IT specialists from Poland and Norway, a Russian doctoral student and two academics who work in the United States. Tuesday night, 6 p.m. at Thon Hotel Opera in downtown Oslo. Approximately 20 women participate in a networking event with gazpacho, risotto, and wraps, followed by a presentation on Internet banking and electronic money transfers. The attendees learn about the intricacies of the Norwegian banking system, and members ask questions about Internet security and transferring money between international bank accounts. After the presentation, the attendees retreat to the hotel bar to discuss the presentation, adjustment difficulties in Oslo, job searches, and career changes. This event was organized by the Association of International Professional and Business Women (AIPBW). A Monday night in October 2012 in an apartment behind Oslo's royal palace. Attendees pay NOK 100 (approximately US$ 15) at the door and place their business card in a transparent nametag holder. They take off their shoes, place a bottle on the kitchen counter, and proceed to the spacious living room. Approximately 25 attendees mingle and nibble on snacks until the Tertulia event commences. 1 The event consists of two short presentations on the public relations industry in Norway and the Oslo Global Mobility Forum, a conference that promotes international talent mobility to Norway. The presenters and attendees discuss the meaning of 'global' in global talent recruitment, and the conversations continue until late at night. The Oslo International Club can look back at a lively event.

  • 9.
    van Riemsdijk, Micheline
    Department of Geography, University of Tennessee.
    Everyday Geopolitics, the Valuation of Labour and the Socio-Political Hierarchies of Skill: Polish Nurses in Norway2013In: Journal of ethnic and migration studies, ISSN 1369-183X, E-ISSN 1469-9451, Vol. 39, no 3, p. 373-390Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Although researchers have paid much attention to the global migration of skilled labour and its geographical specificities, relatively few studies have examined the social and political production of labour value in specific historical and social contexts. Most studies of skilled migration have examined movements at the international scale, while feminist scholars have called for building explicit linkages between global processes and finer-grained scales of analysis. This article brings these two bodies of work together through a case study of interactions between Polish and Norwegian nurses in Norwegian nursing homes. I focus on the historical production of Polish labour value in Europe and its reproduction through everyday interactions between Polish nurses and their Norwegian co-workers. In these conversations, existing international inequalities and the devaluation of Polish nursing labour are reproduced, but I also find moments in which Polish nurses question and challenge the devaluation of their skills. In conclusion, I argue that attention to these moments in which longstanding inequalities are challenged can provide opportunities for change.

  • 10.
    van Riemsdijk, Micheline
    Department of Geography, University of Tennessee.
    Homogenizing the city: Place Marketing to Attract Skilled Migrants to Stavanger and Kongsberg2017In: Rethinking International Skilled Migration / [ed] van Riemsdijk and Wang, Abingdon: Routledge, 2017Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 11.
    van Riemsdijk, Micheline
    Department of Geography, University of Tennessee.
    International migration and local emplacement: Everyday place-making practices of skilled migrants in Oslo, Norway2014In: Environment and planning A, ISSN 0308-518X, E-ISSN 1472-3409, Vol. 46, p. 138-147Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 12.
    van Riemsdijk, Micheline
    Department of Geography, University of Tennessee.
    Neoliberal reforms in elder care in Norway: Roles of the state, Norwegian employers, and Polish nurses2010In: Geoforum, ISSN 0016-7185, E-ISSN 1872-9398, Vol. 41, no 6, p. 930-939Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    After a worldwide financial crisis in the early 1980s, many states decided to implement new public management strategies. These strategies consist of private sector management practices that aim to reduce the cost of public services. The US and the UK first adopted the new public management model and other states soon followed. The Norwegian state was initially reluctant to adopt private management practices, but it eventually implemented modified reforms that suited the Norwegian socio-political context. This article investigates the ways in which the Norwegian state and Norwegian employers shape the labor force in Norwegian nursing homes through new public management strategies, and the tools that foreign-born nurses use to challenge these structures. The Norwegian state shapes the labor force through labor market policies and the rescaling of public services to local governments, and Norwegian employers reinforce the neoliberal values of the state in their hiring practices and daily operations in the workplace. In particular, this article analyzes the interweaving neoliberal institutional and personal factors that influence the working experiences of Polish nurses in a semi-private nursing home in Oslo. The city of Oslo created a unique public-private partnership with a city-owned company that manages three nursing homes in Oslo. The findings of this study indicate that Polish nurses in one of these nursing homes were negatively affected by the new public management strategies. They improved some of their working conditions over time but structural barriers still persist despite high demand for their skills. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • 13.
    van Riemsdijk, Micheline
    Department of Geography, University of Tennessee.
    Obstacles to the Free Movement of Professionals: Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications in the European Union2013In: European journal of migration and law, ISSN 1388-364X, E-ISSN 1571-8166, Vol. 15, no 1, p. 47-68Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    European states are experiencing a shortage of healthcare workers, and hiring managers are increasingly looking for foreign-trained health professionals to fill care shortages. However, these workers often experience difficulties with the transfer of their professional qualifications across national borders. This article investigates the recognition of Polish nursing qualifications in the EU, studying the directives for mutual recognition of nursing qualifications, negotiations over Poland's Accession Treaty, and efforts by the Polish Chamber of Nurses and Midwives to reverse its discriminatory conditions. It is argued that the exclusion of the Polish nursing unions from the accession negotiations constitutes a democratic deficit, and that the creation of a single European market is not yet achieved. The findings are placed in a larger discussion about the Europeanization of healthcare delivery, the harmonization of curricula in higher education, and the consequences of these developments for the free movement of skilled workers within the EU.

  • 14.
    van Riemsdijk, Micheline
    Department of Geography, University of Tennessee.
    Politics of free movement in the European Union: Recognition and transfer of professional qualifications2013In: Democratic Citizenship and the Free Movement of People / [ed] Willem Maas, Leiden/Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2013Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 15.
    van Riemsdijk, Micheline
    Department of Geography, University of Tennessee.
    (Re)scaling Governance of Skilled Migration in Europe: Divergence, Harmonisation, and Contestation2012In: Population, Space and Place, ISSN 1544-8444, E-ISSN 1544-8452, Vol. 18, no 3, p. 344-358Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The European Commission has attempted to create a common European migration policy since the mid-1980s. It has made progress in the harmonisation of asylum and family law, and the Schengen agreement has opened internal borders within the European Union (EU). But the commission's attempts to establish common admission standards for non-EU labour migrants met with considerable opposition from member states. This paper investigates the construction, negotiations, and contestations of scales of decision-making power in Europe, especially regarding skilled migrants. The paper first provides a short historical overview of initiatives of the European Commission to streamline migration policies across the EU, followed by a case study of the (re)scaling of the European Blue Card. The European Commission designed this initiative to attract more skilled workers to the EU. Several EU member states rejected the initial proposal to safeguard their sovereign decision-making power. The findings of this case study indicate that the scale of the nation state remains powerful in the admission of non-EU workers and that institutions at higher geographical scales do not necessarily dominate lower scales. The findings also show that overlapping and intertwining scales of decision-making power hamper efforts to create a common European skilled migration policy. The newly adopted Lisbon Treaty may supersede these scales and facilitate more far-reaching skilled migration policies. The findings of this paper contribute to debates about the rescaling of decision-making power in the EU and the changing roles of nation states, institutions, and supranational organisations in the governance of skilled migration. Copyright (c) 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • 16.
    van Riemsdijk, Micheline
    Department of Geography, University of Tennessee.
    Talent acquisition in the IT industry in Bangalore: A multi-level study2013In: Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, ISSN 0040-747X, E-ISSN 1467-9663, Vol. 104, no 4, p. 478-490Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Multinational corporations have established research and development centres in India to take advantage of low-cost labour and sophisticated science and technology facilities. India is becoming a global competitor in innovation, and its knowledge-intensive firms increasingly need skilled workers. This article investigates talent acquisition in the information technology (IT) industry in Bangalore, also known as India's Silicon Valley. In particular, the paper studies the local supply and demand of human capital, which is critical for innovation and competition in the global knowledge economy. The author argues for a multi-level study to better understand labour needs in emerging economies. In conclusion, the article addresses local and national institutional obstacles to talent acquisition and discusses future labour challenges in India's IT industry.

  • 17.
    van Riemsdijk, Micheline
    Department of Geography, University of Tennessee.
    Variegated privileges of whiteness: Lived experiences of Polish nurses in Norway2010In: Social & cultural geography (Print), ISSN 1464-9365, E-ISSN 1470-1197, Vol. 11, no 2, p. 117-137, article id PII 919359820Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The recent eastward enlargement of the European Union in 2004 and in 2007 has increased the cultural diversity within the borders of the union, and these expansions have spurred a rethinking about who belongs in Europe and how this belonging is defined. This study examines the ambivalent and partial incorporation of Polish nurses into the Norwegian nation. The analysis is based on in-depth, semi-structured interviews and participant observation during twelve months of fieldwork research in Oslo and Baerum and three months in Warsaw, as well as an analysis of Norwegian migration policies, statistics, and nurse recruitment documents. This article argues that whiteness studies, whose history is based in the USA and Britain, needs to take more thorough and specific account of the national and ethnic specificities on which its general claims have been based. The findings suggest that notions of variegated whiteness can be a valuable tool to investigate differential inclusion into the nation, and that Europeanness and Norwegianness are constructed in complex, shifting forms in relation to changing notions of whiteness. In addition, the partial inclusion of certain migrants more fully excludes migrants of color who are not able to benefit from white privilege.

  • 18.
    van Riemsdijk, Micheline
    et al.
    Department of Geography, University of Tennessee.
    Basford, Scott
    Burnham, Alana
    Socio-Cultural Incorporation of Skilled Migrants at Work: Employer and Migrant Perspectives2016In: International migration (Geneva. Print), ISSN 0020-7985, E-ISSN 1468-2435, Vol. 54, no 3, p. 20-34Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Migration studies have predominantly investigated the socio-cultural incorporation of low-skilled migrants and refugees, fuelled by concerns that these migrants may pose a burden on the state and a threat to social cohesion. Few studies have investigated the socio-cultural incorporation of skilled migrants, perhaps assuming that they will fare well in a country of destination. Using the petroleum industry in Norway as a case study, this article examines the workplace as a key site of transmission of norms and values of the host society. We investigate firm initiatives for the socio-cultural incorporation of skilled migrants and analyse the challenges that these workers experience in the workplace. We then discuss the roles of non-state actors in the incorporation process and offer suggestions that may enhance the socio-cultural incorporation of skilled migrants into the host society.

  • 19.
    van Riemsdijk, Micheline
    et al.
    Department of Geography, University of Tennessee.
    Wang, Qingfang
    University of North Carolina Charlotte.
    Introduction: Rethinking international skilled migration2017In: Rethinking international skilled migration / [ed] Micheline van Riemsdijk and Qingfang Wang, Abingdon: Routledge , 2017, p. 1-16Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 20.
    van Riemsdijk, Micheline
    et al.
    Department of Geography, University of Tennessee.
    Wang, Qingfang
    Rethinking International Skilled Migration2017Book (Refereed)
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