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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’.

Photo of Patrick Page speaking at an OU event in June 2018

Day 240, Year of #Mygration: Theresa and me

As Theresa May makes waves well beyond Parliament this week, Patrick Page, a Senior Caseworker at Duncan Lewis, tells us how a dream about the PM stirred understanding for her position & how empathetic thoughts are needed to combat the hostile environment

5th December 2018
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Day 239, Year of #Mygration: Refugees' experiences of grieving

Today's post reflects on grieving in refugee communities and shares information on a forthcoming seminar that will focus on this subject. Can you imagine what it feels like not knowing what happened to your family members for weeks, months or indeed years?

4th December 2018
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Day 238, Year of #Mygration: How does migration make the places we live?

In today’s blog post Jacqui Broadhead, a Senior Researcher in the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society at the University of Oxford, discusses her learning from a joint Open University project on ‘Migration Making Places, Making People: New Narratives of Inclusion’

3rd December 2018
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Day 237, Year of #Mygration: Battling with Belonging

Laura Reeves, a PhD student in the OU's Faculty of Business and Law, shares insights into her research which highlights how the Brexit referendum has unsettled EU nationals’ sense of belonging in the UK

30th November 2018
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Day 236, Year of #Mygration: Where would you escape if you had no place to go?

Marco Distinto shares his experiences from OU fieldwork in refugee camps in Italy. Through stories of individual refugees, he shares the reason behind their plight & what civil society is doing to ease their integration in Italy once they have settled their status

29th November 2018
Windrush ship

Day 235, Year of #Mygration: Present and past ‘go-betweens’

In today's post, we discuss the experience of pioneers, the trailblazers who pave the way for others and connect new migrants with members of the established communities. Dr Sara de Jong offers us an insight into the brokerage role played by pioneers in the migration context

28th November 2018
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Day 234, Year of #Mygration: Culture across continents

In today’s post, Jiten Patel, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at The Open University, revisits his memory of Diwali and explores how culture is transmitted from one generation to another even when families live far away from their traditional homeland

27th November 2018
World Access to Higher Education Day 2018

Day 233, Year of #Mygration: World Access to Higher Education Day

This Wednesday marks World Access to Higher Education Day 2018. In recognition, The Open University will be launching two brand new reports, one relating to online tertiary education in the Middle East & North Africa & another relating to online resources for refugees

26th November 2018
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Day 232, Year of #Mygration: The Potential of Sanctuary

Today we conclude highlights of Dr Agnes Czajka’s publications with another very topical concept – Refugee Sanctuary. This important concept has featured in debates especially in the US in the context of Sanctuary cities

23rd November 2018
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Day 231, Year of #Mygration: Migration in the Age of National State

Following yesterday’s post that looked at mapping the margins of Europe through the lens of race, migration & belonging, today Dr Agnes Czajka, Senior Lecturer at The Open Universitydiscusses the relationship between nation-state building & its borders and migration

22nd November 2018

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A-Z of Brexit: A guide to Brexit terminology

This glossary has been designed to explain some of the key terms used in relation to Brexit.

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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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