Migrants’ houses are a common feature of many regions of emigration globally, and are one manifestation of migrants’ transnational ties. In this presentation, Marta Bivand Erdal will explore why Norwegian-Pakistanis build houses in Pakistan, even when most are not planning to return. The analysis explores reasons for building these houses, and their practical and symbolic significance, for migrants and their non-migrant relatives, as well as the communities of settlement and origin.

The presentation is based on an article by Marta Bivand Erdal (under review), which presents results from the RCN funded project at PRIO, Remittances from Immigrants in Norway (2007-2012).

The seminar will be chaired by Rojan Ezzati.

Tea/coffee and fruit will be served.