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Year of Mygration

Migrants and migration matter to The Open University and to all of us.

2018 is The Open University's Year of Mygration. The Open University is ‘open to people, places, methods and ideas’ so has always welcomed migrants as students and staff, and has encouraged pioneering methods of learning, teaching, research and engagement around the themes of migration, refugees, mobility and belonging.

Our Year of ‘Mygration’ emphasises that we are all affected by migration, whether or not we ourselves or immediate families are migrants. The issues of migration are vital to understanding not just current UK politics but also the world’s economies and communities.

Every day we share a reflection on the broad theme of migration which showcases the work of the OU academics and our partners. Be it a short blog, podcast or archive clip, tweet or link.

January 2018 began with a series of reflections on being ‘Open to People’. February continued with the theme ‘Open to Places’, March focussed on 'Open to Methods' and April on being 'Open to Ideas'. In the following months, we will continue reflecting on migration-related political and social developments and share relevant activities and research of the Open University.

The Year of Mygration is a collaboration between the Citizenship & Governance and the International Development & Inclusive Innovation Strategic Research Areas of the OU

An image of a Yarl's Wood detainees hands - taken by Frazer Waller of Yarl's Wood Befrienders

Day 227, Year of #Mygration: Welcome to the UK! How long will you be staying?

OU PhD student Jo Vincett shares insights into her research coupled with her learning as a befriending volunteer at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre. She outlines the current state of affairs of immigration-related detention in the United Kingdom

16th November 2018
Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan, author of the report

Day 226, Year of #Mygration: When Facts Don’t Matter

Yesterday's blog explored how migration terminology mirrors the way the majority population perceives 'foreigners'. A report by Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan discusses the challenges faced by migration & integration advocates in the era of alternative facts & fake news

15th November 2018
Paradise beach

Day 225, Year of #Mygration: Changing the migration narrative

Today's blog explores how the migration narrative influences the reception and integration of foreigners, including why migrants from the West are called expatriates while those from Developing countries are often given disparaging labels

14th November 2018
Image of Rashida Tlaib

Day 224, Year of #Mygration: American Elections reminds us that "Muslim women are not monolithic: they are more than headscarves"

Today's blog explores how the election of the first two Muslim Women to the US House of Representatives brings new dawn to the debates on religiosity in US politics & beyond. It also discusses how the election of Rashida Tlaib led to celebrations in Palestine

13th November 2018
Photo of Ilhan Omar smiling

Day 223, Year of #Mygration: American elections inspires residents in Ifo refugee camp 8,000 miles away

In today’s blog post, Dr Fidèle Mutwarasibo, Visiting Research Fellow in the OU's Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership explores how Ilhan Omar, through her election to the US House of Representatives, inspired refugees in a refugee Camp she left behind twenty years ago

12th November 2018
Photo by Sean Brown on Unsplash

Day 222, Year of #Mygration: Why we should be slow to judge migrants

In this powerful blog, we learn about an encounter OU PhD student Carlos Azevedo had when serving as a lawyer. It was while representing a migrant mother, detained after a police raid at a brothel, that he was reminded him why we should never judge migrants

9th November 2018
Photo of a hand with a bracelet saying race with the word hate crossed out

Day 221, Year of #Mygration: The marriage of migration and traffickers and human slavery - is that migration?

Ganiat Omolara Kazeem, a research student at the OU discusses an exploratory study into the prospects of using information & communications technologies (ICT) to trace, track and enumerate victims of trafficking, and the activities of traffickers of human beings

8th November 2018
IOM logo

Day 220, Year of #Mygration: Migration 2018 - What's currently happening?

In today’s post, we delve into statistics on people risking their lives to reach Europe through the Mediterranean Sea. The data compiled by the International Organization for Migration is accessible on the OU's OpenLearn platform

7th November 2018
Dr Umut Erel

Day 219, Year of #Mygration: How time and place matter for migrants’ social mobility

In today’s post, Dr Umut Erel, a Senior Lecturer at The Open University, explores how migrants’ cultural, social and economic resources impact on their settlement in the countries of destination

6th November 2018
Festival of Social Science logo

Day 218, Year of #Mygration: Who is a Migrant? Experience the realities

Join us tomorrow for a workshop as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science in Belfast. Organised by Dr Gunjan Sondhi from the OU, the event will give participants an opportunity to address some of the misconceptions about immigration

5th November 2018

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