WHY IS DNA NOT ENOUGH? The multiple temporalities of family reunification in Finland

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The weight of time is critical in forced migration. A great majority of asylum seekers have fled from chaotic and precarious circumstances, and their kinship practices are in flux too. People flee, lose contact, die, disappear, are widowed or orphaned, join new households and try to join their kin living elsewhere. The scenery sketched here depicts some of the complications encountered by decision makers at Migri. The passing of time in the sense of duration is in many ways fundamental to the process of family reunification. In Finland, the temporal nexus between immigration and technolegal regimes is particularly clear. The year 1990 is perceived as a turning point with the arrival of Somali asylum seekers in a country where a very small number of immigrants had arrived since the Second World War. Since its introduction, consensus about DNA analysis for family reunification has been conspicuous in Finland, and it was guaranteed by essential legal principles.

Titel på värdpublikationLaw, Practice and Politics of Forensic DNA Profiling : Forensic Genetics and their Technolegal Worlds
Antal sidor18
FörlagTaylor and Francis
ISBN (tryckt)978-0-367-33849-7
ISBN (elektroniskt)978-0-429-32235-8
StatusPublicerad - 2022
MoE-publikationstypA3 Del av bok eller annan forskningsbok

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© 2023 selection and editorial matter, Victor Toom, Matthias Wienroth and Amade M’charek; individual chapters, the contributors.


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