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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’.

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Day 120, Year of #Mygration: Migration and Football

'You really can find a connection to issues of (forced) migration amid the most celebratory of occasions'. Following England's success in the World Cup last night, Dr Craig Walker, a Research Associate at the OU, highlights the significance of migration within football.

19th June 2018
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Day 119, Year of #Mygration: Refugee Week 2018

Refugee Week has arrived! In today's post, we let you know where you can find out about all the events happening near you, and if you're near an OU Office in Milton Keynes or London, you are very welcome to join us in person

18th June 2018
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Day 118, Year of #Mygration: African Migrants Going South

OU Visiting Research Fellow, Joseph Hanlon, highlights some of the repercussions of Mozambique's position as 'a major transit route for people from Somalia, Kenya and the Great Lakes region moving toward South Africa to find a better life'

15th June 2018
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Day 117, Year of #Mygration: Research on Afghan interpreters

Open University Research Fellow, Dr Sara de Jong, explores the gap 'Between policy and real-life stories: Research on Afghan interpreters and other locally employed civilians for Western armies'

14th June 2018
Photo of the exhibition itself, papers hanging up as described by Raktim

Day 116, Year of #Mygration: The Afghan Camera Box

Today’s blog comes from Raktim Ray, PhD candidate at The Open University, reflecting on the day he spent at the Tate Exchange – Who Are We? project. His research focuses on urban resistance and postcolonial urbanism.

13th June 2018
Photo of Claudia's work

Day 115, Year of #Mygration: Walking and Eating, The Arts Of The Local And Global

In today's blog post, Professor Graham Harvey from The Open University reflects on his conversation with Who Are We? artist, Claudia Zeiske, who directs the Deveron Projects in Huntly, a small Aberdeenshire town.

12th June 2018
Example of Origami Art Work that will be on display

Day 114, Year of #Mygration: Upcoming Refugee Week at The Open University

We are all set for Refugee Week next week, and have a packed schedule of events open to all. These range from film screenings, to an art exhibition, to a range of panel events with key speakers.

11th June 2018
Photo of exhibition

Day 113, Year of #Mygration: A la cama no te irás sin saber una cosa más

In today's post, Carlos Montoro, a Research Associate at The Open University talks about his art installation at Tate Exchange, which combines embroidery, cross-cultural conversations and film

8th June 2018
A stitch in time - part of the artwork

Day 112, Year of #Mygration: Who Are We?

This week, we are focusing on the Who Are We? Project, part of the Tate Exchange Programme, where through arts, activism and academia, those involved communicated the everyday realities of ‘hostile environment’ policies towards migrants and asylum seekers

7th June 2018
Sign from art exhibition

Day 111, Year of #Mygration: Hostile environments and the politics of un-belonging

PhD candidate at The Open University, Anna Colom, shares her experiences of visiting the Who Are We? Project, part of Tate Exchange, and explores the process that led to her own newly acquired status as a British 'citizen'

6th June 2018

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