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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

Day 100, Year of #Mygration: Refugee Week 2018

To mark Day 100, Year of #Mygration and Refugee Week 2018

22nd May 2018
picture of meeting

Day 99, Year of #Mygration: D2uble Penalty: Refugees and freedom of religion or belief

Written by Jessica Giles, Law Lecturer, Director of the Project on Interdisciplinary Law and Religion Studies at the Open University

21st May 2018
word cloud

Day 98 Year of #Mygration: What can be learnt from anonymous social media messages of migrating refugees?

Written by Dr Patrick Wong, Lecturer of Intelligent Computer Systems

18th May 2018
migration graphic
OU digital archive

Day 96, Year of #Mygration: #OUDigitalArchive and Windrush Generation

The Windrush generation is much in the news. But the Open University has long been using footage of their arrival in, for instance, Post-Colonial Britain (Archive: BBC and Pathé).
 

16th May 2018
Photo of Dr Faith Mkwananzi

Day 95, Year of #Mygration: Educational aspiration formation among young asylum seekers in South Africa

Dr. Faith Mkwananzi from the University of the Free State, South Africa, will be visiting The Open University on 22 May and holding a seminar exploring 'The complexity of educational aspiration formation among young asylum seekers in South Africa'

15th May 2018
Afghan interpreters in 2002

Day 94, Year of #Mygration: Afghan interpreters - belonging on the battlefield, exclusion from the nation?

Dr Sara de Jong discusses claims for protection, rights & settlement by Afghans & Iraqis who have worked for western military forces & development organisations, and the Home Office's agreement to waive the indefinite leave to remain fee for resettled former Afghan interpreters

14th May 2018
Photo of a yellow plastic duck with the words 'immigration officer' underneath

Day 93, Year of #Mygration: Identity, belonging, 'integration’ & xenophobia

'Ideas Lab' to explore identity, belonging, ‘integration’ & xenophobia in Milton Keynes and Wolverton

11th May 2018
Examples of film posters, one called 'Nana'

Day 92, Year of #Mygration: Global Migration Film Festival

Calling All Filmmakers! UN Migration Agency Launches Call for Submissions to 2018 Global Migration Film Festival 

10th May 2018
Photo of a crowd enjoying 2017's event

Day 91, Year of #Mygration: Family Arts & Culture Festival, Milton Keynes, Art in the Park

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Milton Keynes' Family Arts & Culture Festival, Art in the Park. This year, the event is being held at Willen Lake on 30th June, 1pm - 7pm

9th May 2018

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