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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 210, Year of #Mygration: Is cleaning a route to a better life for migrants?

Research in Finland suggests that the time demands, insecurity & isolation of cleaning work may make the dream of integration harder for new arrivals to achieve. Dr Maiju Strömmer in the Faculty of Social Sciences at University of Jyväskylä, Finland, discusses

24th October 2018
Endangered Sonoran pronghorn. Photo by Florin Chelaru

Day 209, Year of #Mygration: The Environmental Costs of Trump’s Wall

As the President of the United States confirms plans to cut foreign aid to Guatemala, Honduras & El Salvador because of the looming 'migrant caravan', Dr Shonil Bhagwat, Lecturer in Geography at the OU, reflects on the environmental impact of a ‘Trump Wall’

23rd October 2018
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Day 208, Year of #Mygration: Is higher education for refugees a luxury? Hear the voices and stories of Syrian youth from Turkey

Is higher education a fix for the refugee crisis? This question is explored through the voices and stories of Syrian youth in Turkey in the following blog, written by Dr Melis Cin from Lancaster University & Professor Necmettin Doğan from Istanbul Commerce University

22nd October 2018

Day 207, Year of #Mygration: Open University leads the way in marking National Hate Crime Awareness Week

On Monday, we highlighted the start of National Hate Crime Awareness Week. Today, Dr Fidele Mutwarasibo, Visiting Research Fellow at The Open University, reports on the OU's Harmonies4Harmony Music Festival held on its Milton Keynes campus

19th October 2018
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Day 206, Year of #Mygration: Sam Selvon – The Lonely Londoners

Trinidadian author Samuel Selvon’s 1956 novel – The Lonely Londoners  depicts the lives of immigrant characters of the ‘Windrush Generation’, encouraged to migrate to the UK to help national reconstruction after WWII. Find out more in our free OpenLearn course

18th October 2018
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Day 205, Year of #Mygration: OU research project highlights the barriers stopping refugees & asylum seekers from learning

Today’s post is written by OU alumna and manager of the OU's Year of Mygration, Heidi McCafferty. Heidi discusses the aims of the Refugees' Educational Resources Project and summarises a recent practitioner-focused workshop held in Glasgow

17th October 2018
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Day 204, Year of #Mygration: Developing a model for open learning by refugees and refugee-support organisations

There are thousands of educational resources available online targeted at refugees & asylum seekers, yet very little information about whether they are fit for purpose. Gabi Witthaus writes today about her involvement in the Refugees' Educational Resources Project (RefER)

16th October 2018
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Day 203, Year of #Mygration: OU marks the launch of National Hate Crime Awareness Week

To mark National Hate Crime Awareness Week, The Open University is holding a music festival as part of its Year of Mygration, an initiative developed to promote a fairer and more inclusive society. Dr Fidele Mutwarasibo explains more in today's blog post

15th October 2018
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Day 202, Year of #Mygration: LGBTQI+ Survivors of Trafficking

Dr Avi Boukli was one of two OU Academic Consultants on the stunning recent OU BBC production, Storyville: Jailed in America. Today, Avi explores the issues surrounding supporting survivors of trafficking, particularly those who identify as LGBTQI+

12th October 2018
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Day 201, Year of #Mygration: Trafficking in human beings: myths and realities

The OU has been working with the BBC to bring you a series of ground-breaking films about slavery in the modern age, now available on BBC iPlayer. Today, Dr Olga Jurasz from the OU highlights the first prosecution in the UK under the Modern Slavery Act, made just last week

11th October 2018

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Year of Mygration

250 insights into how migration affects all of us, not just migrants.

Posted throughout 2018, 5 days a week for 50 weeks, ahead of the OU’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2019.

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