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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’.

Jamaica sings Robert Burns

Day 19, Year of #Mygration: Jamaica sings Robert Burns

All over the world this evening, 25 January, there are Burns’ Night suppers celebrating the poetry of the eighteenth century Robert Burns who never left Scotland.

25th January 2018

Day 18, Year of #Mygration: Migrants, supporters and researchers as brokers

A colleague who recently heard me present my research on the role of migrant staff as brokers in migrant support and advocacy organisations, asked me if I didn’t understand myself as a kind of broker too. Wasn’t I as an academic (and migrant) also in the role of a conveyor and translator of different knowledges?

24th January 2018
Stateless people in Italy

Day 17, Year of #Mygration: Photographing stateless people in Italy

In yesterday’s post, the words ‘practitioners and artists’ stood out to various readers who asked for more, so today we bring you On the Frontline: Photographing Stateless People in Italy.

23rd January 2018
Understanding Statelessness

Day 16, Year of #Mygration: Understanding statelessness

Thinking of travelling? - don't forget your passport!

Did you know that there are more than 10 million people in the world with no citizenship at all?

22nd January 2018
Parvati Raghuram

Day 15, Year of #Mygration: Parvati Raghuram and Gunjan Sondhi on politics of data collection of high-skilled immigrants

What do our migration researchers actually do to help us be ‘Open to People’? How do they make a difference to the current political debates on migration statistics, for example?

19th January 2018
Cover of publication

Day 14, Year of #Mygration: Citizenship, Immigration, ‘Race’

An excerpt from a paper to introduce a special issue on ‘Race and Crisis’ of Ethnic and Racial Studies, to be available in print in summer 2018, is posted below.

18th January 2018
Trishna Singh

Day 13, Year of #Mygration: Trishna Singh - Scottish Sikh women and girls

Trishna Singh OBE was born in Glasgow and founded a charity to help empower women and girls. The OU in Scotland @OUScotland is supporting our Year of #Mygration and drew attention to this speech by Trishna Singh, which so touched everyone at their India in Britain exhibition on 22 September 2017 to mark 70 years of independence for India, on her experiences of growing up in a migrant community.

17th January 2018
The way in which migration and citizenship are understood today is influenced by, among other things, the history of colonialism.

Day 12, Year of #Mygration: Tendayi Bloom, Citizenship and Colonialism

The way in which migration and citizenship are understood today is influenced by, among other things, the history of colonialism.

16th January 2018
Martin Luther King Day 2018

Day 11, Year of #Mygration: Martin Luther King Day

The third Monday of January is Martin Luther King Day in the USA.

15th January 2018
Pope Francis

Day 10, Year of #Mygration: Pope Francis World Day of Migrants and Refugees, 14 January 2018

Although this Year of #Mygration mostly revolves around Open University engagement with migrants and migration, we intend to mark various national or international days of relevance.

12th January 2018