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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 Tendayi speaking at last year's event

Day 60, Year of Mygration: OU 'Pop-up Professor' at the Migration Museum, London

The Migration Museum in London is holding an evening event on Thursday 29 March, offering visitors a late night viewing of their 'No Turning Back: Seven Migration Moments that Changed Britain' exhibition, with OU Lecturer, Dr Tendayi Bloom

23rd March 2018
Photo of Chinese wholesale market in Lagos, Nigeria

Day 59, Year of Mygration: The reality of China in Africa

'The rhetoric and realities of Chinese migration to Africa', comes from the online journal of the China Policy Institute, written by Dr Ben Lampert, Lecturer in International Development & Professor Giles Mohan, Director of the OU's Research Network in International Development

22nd March 2018
Photo of Chinese and Ghanaians playing football on a beach near Ghana’s capital, Accra

Day 58, Year of #Mygration: Chinese Migration to Africa

In his second featured blog post in our Year of Mygration series, Professor Giles Mohan, Director of the OU's Research Network in International Development and Inclusive Innovation, explores his particular area of expertise, the rise of China in Africa

21st March 2018
Martha Lane Fox addresses delegates at the report's launch today in London

Day 57, Year of #Mygration: Gender, Skilled Migration & IT industry, a study of India & the UK

New report launched today: ESRC-funded, OU-led project, Gender, Skilled Migration and IT industry: a comparative study of India & the UK, compared the profiles of the IT industry in UK with that in India

20th March 2018
Cover of the book Giles discusses, Global Migration: Patterns, Processes, and Politics by Elizabeth Mavroudi and Caroline Nagel

Day 56, Year of #Mygration: South-South and African Migration Trends

Professor Giles Mohan, Director of the OU's Research Network in International Development and Inclusive Innovation, explores global migration flows, and concludes that it is the south-south trajectory that is most prominent, despite what is presented by Western media

19th March 2018
Screenshot of SAGE's latest published newsletter

Day 55, Year of #Mygration: SAGE Sociology Spotlight on Migration

From insightful publications on attitudes towards immigrants in Europe to how political ideology influence the ways individuals reason about immigrants, SAGE Spotlight on Migration and Immigration offers a wealth of information and resources.

16th March 2018
Dr Alexander Borda-Rodriguez on a recent research trip to Ecuador, surrounded by a group of workers weaving

Day 54, Year of #Mygration: Insights from South America

In this short podcast, Dr Alexander Borda-Rodriguez, Research Fellow at The Open University, highlights why he chose the UK for postgraduate study, and explores why critical South American expertise are still failing to be properly embraced by the West.

15th March 2018
Professor Parvati Raghuram giving evidence to the UN

Day 53, Year of #Mygration: The UN's Global Compact for safe, orderly & regular migration

Since the International Organisation for Migration began tracking migrant deaths in 2014, nearly 26,000 fatalities have been recorded – but this is likely only a fraction of the real number of deaths on migratory routes worldwide.

14th March 2018
Group of protestors fighting for refugees to be allowed in

Day 52, Year of #Mygration: The “Refugee Crisis” and the Neglected Voices of Local Populations

Dimos Sarantidis highlights the challenges faced by local populations in Greece affected by high numbers of refugees, and the conflicts experienced with humanitarian actors

13th March 2018
Crisis Classroom teacher with a team of young male students

Day 51, Year of #Mygration: Volunteering with Refugees

There is still time to join this free, FutureLearn course, designed to help volunteers understand how they can best support the linguistic and social needs of refugees

12th March 2018