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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’.

Parade of colours

Day 130, Year of #Mygration: Islamic Art in the Park and Parade of Colours at Willen Lake

The Open University was proud to support Milton Keynes Islamic Arts, Heritage and Culture while they celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Art in the Park Festival, at Willen Lake last weekend.

3rd July 2018
Dr Fidele Mutwarasibo

Day 129, Year of #Mygration: Developing Social Capital in a New Home Town

'I had no need to justify my Milton Keynes credentials. I was home'. Dr Fidèle Mutwarasibo, Visiting Research Fellow at the OU outlines his research, his work and own fascinating journey

2nd July 2018
Photo of theatre production by Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger

Day 128, Year of #Mygration: Milton Keynes International Festival, 'migration, community, identity and home'

The Milton Keynes International Festival is returning for 2018, running from Friday 20 to Sunday 29 July 2018. The Festival’s programme is underpinned by the contemporary themes of migration, community, identity and home – what connects us and what divides us

29th June 2018
View from inside the synagogue

Day 127, Year of #Mygration: Open Day at Milton Keynes & District Reform Synagogue

The Milton Keynes & District Reform Synagogue will be opening its doors from 11am on Sunday. The event will promote multi-faith & multi-culture, with a particular focus on how the Jewish community has been supporting new migrants to Milton Keynes

28th June 2018
Logos of organisations involved in the event

Day 126, Year of #Mygration: Celebrating cultural diversity in Milton Keynes

This weekend, The Languages MK Show 2018 is being held in Milton Keynes to celebrate the town's diversity, in collaboration with The Open University. Are you interested in learning a new language? Do you want to practise your existing language skills? Find out more

27th June 2018
Photo of the MIAG team

Day 125, Year of #Mygration: Understanding Migration Through Evidence Cafés

Dr Linda Oucho, Director of the African Migration and Development Policy Centre (AMADPOC), explores how a joint OU project she is working on is looking to understand how different migrant groups contribute to inclusive growth

26th June 2018
Photo of the horse art installation

Day 124, Year of #Mygration: From Troy to Teesside - Connecting Divided Communities

Graham Harvey, Professor of Religious Studies at The Open University, questions the role of narratives, art and work in constructing communities, and talks about a conversation he had with Isabel Lima, an artist at Tate Exchange

25th June 2018
Art installation by There There

Day 123, Year of #Mygration: Trigger Warning in MK

The founders of There There Performance Company write about a recent event they held with The Open University and Counterpoints Arts. Their installations & performances interrogate 'what it means to be Eastern European'

22nd June 2018
Scotsman logo

Day 122, Year of #Mygration: Migration Control Isn’t About Migration

Following on from her article yesterday, Dr Tendayi Bloom, Lecturer in Politics & International Studies at The Open University, turns her attention to how migration control is an issue of inclusivity in a society

21st June 2018
UN building

Day 121, Year of #Mygration: Statelessness and Global Compact for Migration

On World Refugee Day, Dr Tendayi Bloom, Lecturer in Politics and International Studies at The Open University explores the question: "Statelessness and the second revision of the Global Compact for Migration: What still needs to be addressed?"

20th June 2018

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