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Year of Mygration

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

The Open University's Year of Mygration stands as a remarkable introduction to diverse perspectives of migrants and migration. 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. 250 separate contributions have been gathered under the heading of a Year of ‘My-gration’ to emphasise 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.

The origins of this Year of Mygration are in a collaboration between the Citizenship & Governance and the International Development & Inclusive Innovation Strategic Research Areas of the OU. The idea was to share a reflection every day, Monday to Friday, for 50 weeks of a year, on the broad theme of migration which showcased the work of the OU academics and our partners, be it a short blog, podcast or archive clip, a tweet or a link to a longer article. We numbered the posts from 1 to 250 partly so that anyone can start their own Year of Mygration in any year and at any point in any year. We appreciate that migrants and the whole world live with migration 7 days a week for the whole 52 weeks of the year but we believe that there is a value in this exercise and we would welcome anyone creating their own sequels. As the OU enters our 50th anniversary year, 2019, we remain committed to being ‘open to people, places, methods and ideas’.

Arun leading the workshop

Day 180, Year of #Mygration: How 'HOPE not Hate' are using 'Deep Canvassing' to change perceptions

Last week we highlighted the 'Weaving Trust' methodology to promote social cohesion. Arun Devasia from HOPE not Hate has written a piece for our partner, Counterpoints Arts, to highlight a method of 'empathetic listening & Socratic questioning', 'Deep Canvassing'

12th September 2018
Patrick Page from Duncan Lewis

Day 179, Year of #Mygration: More than 100 pregnant women detained in UK removal centres since major review called for ban

An article in the Independent has highlighted that 104 pregnant women have been detained over the past 2 years. The views of Patrick Page, senior caseworker in public law at Duncan Lewis & a hugely valued contributor to the OU's Refugee Week, were featured

11th September 2018
Photo of celebrations at the Milton Keynes Hindu Association

Day 178, Year of #Mygration: Milton Keynes Hindu Association marks one of the largest religious festivals in the world

Last week marked one of the largest religious festivals, celebrated by 930 million people around the world, Krishna Janmashtami. The Hindu Festival marks the birthday of Krishna. OU colleagues attended the festival organised by the Milton Keynes Hindu Association

10th September 2018

Day 177, Year of #Mygration: Decolonization and Feminisms in Global Teaching and Learning

A new book tackling many issues pertaining to immigration, is now available. 'Decolonization and Feminisms in Global Teaching & Learning' was co-edited by Dr Sara de Jong, a Visiting Research Fellow at The Open University

7th September 2018
Photo of Dr Mutwaraisbo taken in Seville

Day 176, Year of #Mygration: Overcoming hate through the promotion of interactions between diverse members of society

Dr Fidèle Mutwarasibo highlights how important it is not to make post-Brexit assumptions about what motivates people to vote in a certain way. In his blog, he urges us to avoid falling into what he calls 'the racism trap' & instead focus on building community resilience

6th September 2018

Day 175, Year of #Mygration: 'Ask the Expert' workshop at the Max Planck Institute

Dr Sharif Haider from The Open University discusses an event he attended at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, a 'safe space' workshop for researchers from across Europe to discuss the challenges and opportunities of doing research on migrants while being a migrant

5th September 2018
The organisers of Weaving Trust

Day 174, Year of #Mygration: The 'Weaving Trust' methodology for social cohesion

Dr Fidèle Mutwarasibo highlights what is known as the 'Weaving Trust' methodology that he and others in Milton Keynes have been using in partnership with Citizens:MK, to promote integration and social cohesion within communities

4th September 2018

Day 173, Year of #Mygration: Trubys Garden Tea Room - an inter-faith community café run by Muslim women

Encouraging contacts between all members of society including ethnic and religious minorities can help a great deal in promoting social cohesion. Find out about an inter-faith community café run by Muslim women which has been set up to build positive relationships

3rd September 2018
Jeanette and her daughters, Nesta and Taniella

Day 172, Year of #Mygration: Open University employee's fight to stop the deportation of her daughters

The purpose of the Year of Mygration is to highlight how we are all affected by issues of migration. If not personallythen those close to you, as today’s post demonstrates. We highlight an OU employee's fight to prevent her daughters from being deported

31st August 2018
Image of a young male refugee

Day 171, Year of #Mygration: Exodus - Our Journey to Europe

In 2015, a three part OU/BBC co-production gave cameras to some of the millions of refugees fleeing to the shores of Europe. Follow their journeys, told through their own eyes, in these award winning documentaries

30th August 2018

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Year of Mygration

250 insights into how migration affects all of us, not just migrants.

Posted throughout 2018, 5 days a week for 50 weeks, ahead of the OU’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2019.

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