Master's students create a wallpaper about migration, integration, and covid-19

How is the corona pandemic affecting integration and migration? How has life changed for immigrants in Norrköping and the world at large? The students in the master’s program in ethnicity and migration have studied this. The results are shown in an exhibition at Campus Norrköping.

Exhibition about covid-19 and migration. By the students in the master's programme Ethnic and Migration Studies. Erik Berggren

In LOBBY, the exhibition space in Kåkenhus, Campus Norrköping, there is now not art but a wall paper exhibition. It is the students in the international master's program Ethnic and Migration Studies who have written a report which they are now disseminating in this way through an exhibition.

The assignment the students have had is to produce a report which sheds light on issues of ethnicity and migration in Norrköping and the surrounding area in various ways. The work includes interviews, texts, analyzes and responsibility for photos, layout and final production. This year, the students chose to reflect on what Covid 19 means for their area of knowledge, ethnicity and migration.

The report raises questions about how Covid 19 affects different groups in different ways and tries to understand the reasons for this. Some articles speak directly to the students' heated discussion about the Swedish strategy, or the stigmatization of people from China. Others highlight the anxiety experienced by some international students in the strange and uncertain situation that prevailed during the spring.

Asia Della Rosa chose to examine how vulnerable groups in Italy are affected by the restrictions.

–  The restrictions imposed in Italy were never designed for the ones who are not consider "fully citizens”. For the ones who are vulnerable - such as migrants living in big detention centres, prisoners in jails and homeless in the streets – it was impossible, and unfortunately also will be in the future to respect the new norms imposed by the government to face the pandemic, as the maintenance of the social distancing.Exhibition about covid-19 and migration. By the students in the master's programme Ethnic and Migration Studies.Report and exhibition made by the students in the master's programme Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Combining academia with journalism has been interesting, she says.
–  It is a good exercise to learn how to write something different from an essay. And, above all, to learn that your opinion counts, and can be expressed out loud, and then be published. It was an interesting experience, and I am proud of the final version of the magazine.

From seminar to exhibition

This year’s report was also made into exhibition in Kåkenhus building, at Campus Norrköping.

– Normally, we finish the course by presenting the report in the City Hall in collaboration with the municipality. But the Corona pandemic makes this difficult, so we chose to make the report available as a wall newspaper exhibition, says Erik Berggren, director of the course Critical Cases in Ethnic and Migration Studies.

An exhibition has benefits, says student Kenna Sim. 

– Because of Covid restrictions we thought that the report should be shared in a different way. With the report being displayed in Lobby, people are free to come at any time to read our articles. 

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