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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 Vice-Chancellor convened a gathering on these themes in 2017 and welcomed the idea of a sustained focus on migration during 2018. 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 continues with the theme ‘Open to Places’.

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

Shutterstock-604604162 Migrants marching

Day 36, Year of #Mygration: #1DayWithoutUs: Mining twitter, framing solidarity

According to its organisers, the 2017 One Day Without Us action aimed to emphasise the variety of work migrants undertake to help keep the UK afloat.

16th February 2018
Shutterstock-579478729 Immigration

Day 35, Year of #Mygration: One day without us

As politicians are struggling to identify the ‘will of the people’ tomorrow’s ‘One Day Without Us’ campaign is a needed reminder who the people are.

16th February 2018
Animation and image by alan Fentima

Day 34, Year of #Mygration: Children's language brokering across places and spaces

Samir was 13 years old when I first met him. He had arrived in the UK from Afghanistan some years earlier. He was reluctant to talk in class about his home language, as some of the other pupils would call him a ‘terrorist’, so he kept that side of his life hidden.

15th February 2018

Day 33, Year of #Mygration: Migrating musicians, migrating musics

It’s difficult to imagine British musical life without the contributions of migrating musicians and the music they bring with them. In the realm of western art music, the works of the Halle-born George Frideric Handel are closely bound up with British public life.

14th February 2018

Day 32, Year of #Mygration: Crossing the Channel Tunnel

On the 17th August 2015, Abdul Haroun, a Sudanese refugee, walked the 31-mile Channel tunnel to Britain with a hope of reaching safety in the UK. Artist and artist film maker Alia Syed read the news reports of Abdul Haroun walking through the Channel Tunnel and was astonished that somebody could survive walking through the tunnel. Inspired by Mr Haroun’s case, Alia Syed filmed herself crossing the London Rotherhithe tunnel by foot.

13th February 2018
Photo credit: Dr. Joanne Jordan, Global Development Institute

Day 31, Year of #Mygration: Invite for paper contributions

Dr Belinda Wu , Research Fellow in Development Policy and Planning at the Open University and Dr Gareth Bentley, Senior Teaching Fellow in media at SOAS, are organising a paper panel at the Development Studies Association (DSA) conference 2018 on Global inequalities.

12th February 2018
Credit: MPI-MMG

Day 30, Year of #Mygration: Call for Papers

Anecdotal evidence suggests that racialised researchers and public figures find themselves in an ambivalent position when the issue of migration suddenly becomes topical. Everyone wants to hear their views and attributes the perspectives they offer to their racialised bodies and experiential knowledge rather than to their professional expertise.

9th February 2018

Day 29, Year of #Mygration: Border Crossing Monuments

Lesvos Island, May 2017.  From where I am standing I can see the Turkish coast.  During the night one can also see the lights on the other side of the Greek-Turkish border.  The other side.

7th February 2018

Day 28, Year of #Mygration: Asylum seekers in detention in Greece

Between 2008 and 2015, I was working as a human rights lawyer in various refugee detention centres in Greece. Due to the fact that the Greek state was not providing any legal aid for detained asylum seekers the burden of the provision of free legal aid was on very few NGOs.

7th February 2018
Gendered Harm and Structural Violence in the British Asylum System book cover

Day 27, Year of #Mygration: Violence and harm in the British asylum system

OU academic Victoria Canning’s recently published book Gendered Harm and Structural Violence in the British Asylum System draws together analyses of policy with domestic and international legislation relating to refugee status and torture, alongside the lived experience of women seeking asylum.

6th February 2018

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