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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 Sajid Javid smiling (his personal Twitter photo)

Day 90, Year of #Mygration: Six ways Sajid Javid can make British migration policy more humane

Lecturer in Politics and International Studies at The Open University, Tendayi Bloom, explores the six ways Sajid Javid can make British migration policy more humane

8th May 2018
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Day 89, Year of #Mygration: Windrush Dance

Following on from his piece on Windrush poetry, Professor Giles Mohan talks about The Phoenix Dance Theatre's latest production, 'Windrush: Movement of the People'. Giles looks at how the production explores the 'importance of these mobilities and their evolving legacies'.

4th May 2018
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Day 88, Year of #Mygration: Windrush poetry

In this short provocation, Professor Giles Mohan highlights the work of James Berry, used within OU teaching, to express the emotions of migration, 'the hopes, anxieties, sadness, opportunity, racism and much else besides'

3rd May 2018
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Day 87, Year of #Mygration: 'Borders, Harms and Racisms'

This event brings together scholars, third sector workers, and people with direct experience of immigration controls and borders to examine the theme of border harms from different substantive angles and theoretical perspectives.

2nd May 2018

Day 86, Year of #Mygration: Diversity, migrant entreprenuership and socio-economic inclusion

Written by Dr Cinzia Priola, Senior Lecturer at the Open University.

1st May 2018

Day 85, Year of #Mygration: Making Sense of Migration in Northern Ireland in the light of Brexit

Written by Leslie Budd, Reader in Social Enterprise at the Open University.

30th April 2018

Day 84, Year of #Mygration: Understanding the Greek citizenship reform (2010-2015)

By Dimitris Christopoulos, Professor at the Department of Political Science and History, Panteion University of Athens

27th April 2018

Day 81, Year of #Mygration: What is belonging and why does it matter in the age of diversity?

Written by Marco Antonsich, Department of Geography, Loughborough University.

24th April 2018

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