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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’.

Day 70, Year of #Mygration: Exodus: The Digital Passage to Europe for Syrian Refugees

Written by Marie Gillespie, Professor of Sociology at the Open University, Souad Osseiran, and Margie Cheesman.

6th April 2018
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Day 68, Year of #Mygration: Immigration and the Politics of Brexit

Written by Dr Eleni Andreouli, Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at The Open University

3rd April 2018

Day 69, Year of #Mygration: Homeless people who avoid life-saving services, if there is a risk of deportation

Written by Dr Tendayi Bloom, Lecturer in Politics & International Studies

3rd April 2018

Day 67, Year of #Mygration: Technology-enabled Language Education for Migrants and Refugees in the UK

In the UK context, it is very timely to ask what is, and what should be, the role of technology in the language education accessed by migrants and refugees.

3rd April 2018

Day 66, Year of #Mygration: Open to Ideas of Culture, Acceptance and Integration

A personal reflection from Jiten Patel, the OU’s Head of Equality, Diversity and Information Rights, on openness to a cross-cultural heritage.

2nd April 2018
Female students learning in South Africa

Day 65, Year of #Mygration: Facilitating Equitable Access and Quality Education for Development

In our final post for March, we highlight an exciting Open University project, focused on determining access to and improving the quality of, international distance education in South Africa.

30th March 2018
Photo of Heidi

Day 64, Year of #Mygration: The Ethics of Researching International Migration

Dr Heidi Østbø Haugen is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo. In her blog post, she highlights the experiences of a group of Gambian nationals who migrated to China.

28th March 2018
Hackney Mural (artist unknown)

Day 63, Year of #Mygration: Hands-on multiculturalism

As Britain becomes more ethnically diverse, it is important that issues of diversity & multiculture are taught in relevant & sensitive ways. A series of teaching workshops at the Migration Museum Project’s Call Me By My Name exhibition were designed with this in mind.

28th March 2018
MIAG group discussions at their recent meeting in Ghana

Day 62, Year of #Mygration: Researching Migration and Inclusive Growth in Africa

Building on a recent podcast by Dr Ben Lampert, which looked at diaspora communities & the significance of remittances, Professor Giles Mohan explores the inequalities these can often cause, and highlights the network he has brought together to promote 'inclusive growth'

27th March 2018
Photo of busy and diverse UK street scene

Day 61, Year of #Mygration: The critical role of Hometown Associations in Development

In this podcast, Dr Ben Lampert discusses the critical role of Hometown Associations in development. With a focus on Nigerian diaspora in the UK, he highlights the benefits of these groups, and explores why funders are still reluctant to fund them

26th March 2018

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