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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 200, Year of #Mygration: Celebrating the successes of Professor Giles Mohan

On day 200 of the OU's Year of Mygration, we celebrate the successes of Professor Giles Mohan, Director of OU research in International Development. We highlight his recent award and exciting new ESRC project looking at how migration aids growth in Africa

10th October 2018
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Day 199, Year of #Mygration: Do enforced language tests help migrants integrate more smoothly?

The Labor opposition party in Australia wrote a letter to the PM last week calling for an immigration policy review to tackle population growth. Miriam Faine from Monash University reflects on Australia’s current policy of making English skills a key part of citizenship

9th October 2018
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Day 198, Year of #Mygration: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Social Media

Dr Christina Julios from the OU discusses her new book on the changes in anti-FGM campaigning over time. She highlights how, while prevalent in 30 countries around the world, it is now a global phenomenon as practices spread through diaspora communities

8th October 2018
NAWOU gender sensitization training sessions, with a particular focus on gender-based violence.

Day 197, Year of #Mygration: From the Frying Pan into the Fire – the Deteriorating Situation of Female Refugees in Uganda

The OU has over 7000 students studying outside the UK. Miriam Cherukut from the National Association of Women Organisations in Uganda (NAWOU) was once one of them. On World Teachers Day, she talks about her work and the sexual exploitation female refugees face in Uganda

5th October 2018
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Day 196, Year of #Mygration: Theorising Noncitizenship - Concepts, Debates and Challenges

Who are noncitizens and why is it vital that we fill the current theoretical void around conceptualising noncitizenship? These questions, and more are addressed in this multi-disciplinary book co-edited by The Open University’s Dr Tendayi Bloom

4th October 2018
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Day 195, Year of #Mygration: Piggery Training in Alere Camp, Uganda

Yesterday, Magdalene AmujalExecutive Director of Kulika, discussed how their project with the OU in Oruchinga was an opportunity to explore how their training may benefit many refugees flooding into Uganda. Today, she tells about a subsequent related project

3rd October 2018
Kulika training group

Day 194, Year of #Mygration: Lesson Learning From Livelihoods Training in Oruchinga Refugee Settlement

Today Magdalene Amujal, Executive Director of Kulika, a Ugandan NGO specializing in organic agricultural training, and a valued Open University partner, talks about their experience of working with refugees in one of the countries oldest camp settlements

2nd October 2018
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Day 193, Year of #Mygration: Black History Month

Today is the start of Black History Month. In recognition, The Open University has a collection of content celebrating inspirational individuals and events for you to explore. Issues of migration can be found interwoven and analysed through many of these pieces

1st October 2018
Dr Fidèle Mutwarasibo

Day 192, Year of #Mygration: What Has Feeling Strange at Airports in Europe Got to Do with Biopolitics?

In today's blog, Dr Fidèle Mutwarasibo, a Visiting Research Fellow at the OU’s Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership, shares his personal experiences of travelling within Europe on an EU passport while not being ‘phenotypically’ European

28th September 2018
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Day 191, Year of #Mygration: Lunchtime Film Screening and Discussion on 'Home'

Join us at The Open University for a free screening of The Democratic Set MK, followed by a short discussion with Bill Gee, the Creative Director of IF: Milton Keynes International Festival and Dr Agnes Czajka, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Studies

27th September 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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