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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’.

Irish Centre Milton Keynes

Day 140, Year of #Mygration: Milton Keynes Irish Centre

As we celebrate the diversity of Milton Keynes, home of The Open University, today Dr Fidele Mutwarasibo provides information about the Irish Centre in Milton Keynes, and highlights the outreach work they do in the community

17th July 2018
Photo of Richard, co-producer of the event

Day 139, Year of #Mygration: Home? An open forum discussion at Milton Keynes' International Festival

OU Academic, Dr Agnes Czajka and Film Director, Richard DeDomenici, have organised an open forum discussion on 26 July as part of Milton Keynes' International Festival. The event will explore what it means to have, to create, to be, or to feel at home

16th July 2018
World Picnic photo of dancers - owned by MK Pulse

Day 138, Year of Mygration: World Picnic 2018 presented by The Parks Trust

The Parks Trust in Milton Keynes are hosting a World Picnic on 29 July, to celebrate the music, dance and cultures of the world in Milton Keynes. Entrance is free and everybody is welcome

13th July 2018
Photo of part of the refugee camp known as 'the Jungle'

Day 137, Year of #Mygration: Behind the Tarpaulin

OU alumna, Heidi McCafferty, shares her experience of volunteering in what was formerly known as 'the Jungle', a camp once home to 8000 refugees in Calais, France

12th July 2018
Poster for Black Panther 2018

Day 136, Year of #Mygration: Journeys in Afrofuturism

Open University PhD student, Daniel Haslam, from the OU's Faculty of Business and Law, introduces us to the art term 'Afrofuturism', and highlights a podcast he recently listened to that impacted his understanding

11th July 2018
COMPAS Oxford Logo

Day 135, Year of #Mygration: Knowledge Brokers in Migrant Third Sector Organisations

The Open University and Oxford University are working in collaboration to hold a free interactive workshop to address the brokering role of refugee and migrant front-line staff in the migration third sector

10th July 2018

Day 134, Year of #Mygration: Celebrating the Greek Orthodox Community of Milton Keynes

As we continue to use our Year of Mygration to celebrate the diversity of Milton Keynes, home of The Open University, Dr Fidele Mutwarasibo from the OU attended a Festival organised by the Greek Orthodox Community of Milton Keynes yesterday

9th July 2018
Organisational logos

Day 133, Year of #Mygration: Groundbreaking OU project to tackle hate & extremism

Dr Peter Bloom, Head of the Department for People and Organisations at the OU is heading up a groundbreaking new project designed to combat extremism among young people, funded by Google and the London-based thinktank the Institute of Strategic Dialogue

6th July 2018
African Diaspora Day photo from promotional poster

Day 132, Year of #Mygration: African Diaspora Day in Milton Keynes

As we continue to celebrate the diversity and multiculturalism of Milton Keynes, home of The Open University, today we bring you details of African Diaspora Day, organised by the Global Outreach Foundation tomorrow and Saturday

5th July 2018
Torah scrolls on show

Day 131, Year of #Mygration: Open Day at Milton Keynes & District Reform Synagogue

To mark their 40th anniversary, Milton Keynes Synagogue organised an open day for members of the community last weekend, including those representing other faiths and other Milton Keynes residents. Dr Fidele Mutwarasibo attended on behalf of the OU

4th July 2018

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