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For the many, not the…who? EPA/Andy Rain

We live in a populist age – but who are ‘the people’?

Populism is seemingly sweeping the globe, threatening the established status quo. Optimistically, it promises to bring about much needed change to what appears to be a corrupt political and economic order. More ominously, it is dangerously promoting racism, sexism, xenophobia, jingoism, and attacking basic human rights around the world.

10th August 2018
Migrants crossing the sea by boat - picture courtesy of Karam Yahya

Day 159, Year of #Mygration: From Syria to Scandinavia - Navigating the Refugee Reception Crisis

Since 2015, Europe’s so-called 'refugee crisis' has been the centre of intense debate. But what if we began to look at it as a refugee reception crisis? The OU's Dr Victoria Canning talks to Alaa Kassab & Karam Yahya, who were both forced to leave Syria, and now live in Europe

13th August 2018
Islamic veil

Day 158, Year of #Mygration: Understanding the Veiling Debate

Following Boris Johnson's controversial comments made in the press this week, and subsequent uproar, a free 10 hour Open University course (rated 5 stars) is now available which looks at the Islamic 'veil', be it in the form of the hijab, niqab, jilbab or burqa

10th August 2018
Naya River, Colombia

Day 157, Year of #Mygration: Internal Displacement Continues Despite Peace Agreement in Colombia

Research, Evidence & Learning Advisor, Kas Sempere from Christian Aid, highlights the ongoing effects of displacement & violence on a rural Afro-Colombian community, despite the formal FARC-Colombia Government peace settlement that ended 52 years of armed conflict

9th August 2018
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New research grant to tackle the spread of misinformation

An OU academic is joining forces with a whole range of stakeholders to tackle the spread of misinformation.

8th August 2018
Frida Kahlo, Self Portrait along the Border Line between Mexico and the USA, 1932

Day 156, Year of #Mygration: Frida Kahlo, Self Portrait along the Border Line between Mexico and the USA, 1932

Dr Warren Carter, OU Lecturer in Art History shows how art can speak to & inform current political debates. He highlights what the 1932 Self-Portrait on the Borderline between Mexico and the United States by the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo tells us about Mexico / US relations

8th August 2018
Prototype construction of the wall

Day 155, Year of #Mygration: Would Donald Trump's wall work to reduce migration from Mexico?

Following on from yesterday’s post which looked at the legality of immigration law change in the US, we bring you an article written by Professor Lisa Wade from Occidental College in Los Angeles. She argues the wall will exacerbate the 'problem' Trump is hoping it will solve

7th August 2018
Anti Trump march - Photo by Heidi McCafferty

Day 154, Year of #Mygration: Does the US have a legal obligation to accept refugees?

Following Donald Trump's threat to ‘shut government’ if Democrats do not support major changes to immigration laws, we highlight an article by Dr Liam Thornton. In it, he explores whether the prevention of entry to the US for citizens of certain countries is legal

6th August 2018
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Day 153, Year of #Mygration: OU Brexit Hub

Today we look at The Open University's work on Brexit, as part of the OU’s unique mission to make free learning materials for a global audience. Dr Peter Wood introduces the OU’s Brexiting Hub

3rd August 2018
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Day 152, Year of #Mygration: Geography Matters – A Collection

Today we are celebrating The Open University’s Geography Matters series on OpenLearn. It was designed as a learning resource to promote the diverse and innovative mix of research being undertaken by the university’s geographers

2nd August 2018

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