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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’.

Children singing in last year's event

Day 190, Year of #Mygration: Harmonies4Harmony

The Open University is proud to be hosting Harmonies4Harmony, a music festival designed to celebrate diversity and inclusion. The event will mark National Hate Crime Awareness Week in October 2018

26th September 2018
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Day 189, Year of #Mygration: Unplugged teaching for refugees and asylum seekers

'When you feel so vulnerable you are not willing to try something new'. Alastair Creelman from Linnaeus University in Sweden, a consultant on OU Scotland's Refugees' Educational Resources Project, shares insights into the data he has gathered to date

25th September 2018
Game screenshot

Day 188, Year of #Mygration: Uneven Journeys

'Uneven Journeys' is an immersive, online experience which enables you to explore the journey that an asylum seeker, an economic migrant and an investor might take to the UK, designed by Goller & Vos and The Open University

24th September 2018
Theresa May

Day 187, Year of #Mygration: Chequers plan and the Irish border

'The EU has been unwavering in its insistence on an Irish backstop that protects the existing border arrangements in Ireland.' Simon Usherwood from the University of Surrey looks at the 'Chequers plan' and argues why Theresa May’s Brexit blueprint is not quite dead

21st September 2018
Sinn Fein leaders Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O'Neill

Day 186, Year of #Mygration: Brexit's impact on Stormont

"Just as the issue of the Irish border remains the chief obstacle to an agreement on Brexit, so Brexit remains the chief obstacle to an agreement at Stormont". Peter John McLoughlin from Queen's University Belfast, explores this further

20th September 2018

Day 185, Year of #Mygration: What are the borders of Europe?

Today we feature an excerpt from a free course hosted on the OU's FutureLearn platform, 'European Culture and Politics' from the University of Groningen. As we focus on Brexit & its impact on the Irish border, this course explores where the EU border stops

19th September 2018
Giants Causeway

Day 184, Year of #Mygration: Northern Ireland’s dance to the music of time of Brexit

Following on from yesterday’s summary of the Northern Ireland border settlement, Dr Leslie Budd, a Reader in Social Enterprise in The Open University’s Faculty of Business and Law expands on this complex issue

18th September 2018
Where the EU meets the UK: Ireland is in the foreground at this border point in County Bridge

Day 183, Year of #Mygration: What do I need to know about the Irish/UK border question?

As The Guardian reports today that the Brexit negotiations have reached an 'impasse over the failure to find an acceptable solution to avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland after the UK leaves the EU', this week, our Year of 'MYgration' focuses on the Irish border

17th September 2018
Map of Asia Pacific

Day 182, Year of #Mygration: International healthcare worker migration in Asia Pacific

Yesterday, Professor Parvati Raghuram highlighted the reliance of the NHS on staff from overseas. Today, Professor Nicola Yeates shares her paper which examines the impact importing health care workers from middle and low-income countries has

14th September 2018
NHS leaflet from 1948

Day 181, Year of #Mygration: How the NHS has always relied on overseas labour

This article was written by Parvati Raghuram, Professor of Geography and Migration at The Open University. In this piece, recently written for the OU's Brexit Hub, Professor Raghuram explores how the NHS has depended on foreign workers since its creation

13th September 2018

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A-Z of Brexit: A guide to Brexit terminology

This glossary has been designed to explain some of the key terms used in relation to Brexit.

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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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