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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 170, Year of #Mygration: Even the ‘Homeless’ Can Have a Home

The number of migrants who end up homeless on the streets of Britain is on the rise. Dr Clare Kinsella explains a recent court ruling in Liverpool that could have implications for rough-sleeping migrants, while exploring how we understand the notion of ‘home’

29th August 2018
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Day 169, Year of #Mygration: Teaching in Mosaik - Lesvos Island

Learning a new language is, for many of my students, the first attempt to be included – to try to fit into and adapt to their situation’ says Fotini Mitsou, an English teacher working with refugees on Lesvos Island. Read more in her blog.

28th August 2018
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Day 168, Year of #Mygration: The hostile environment for immigrants

Are vulnerable citizens being neglected by the elite who can decide their fate? Dr Dave Middleton, a Staff Tutor and Senior Lecturer in Politics at The Open University in Wales, investigates

24th August 2018
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Day 167, Year of #Mygration: OU Participation in UNHCRs Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium

'It is time for higher education institutions to respond & provide learning opportunities for those who need it the most'. In today's post, Dr Koula Charitonos from the OU outlines its engagement with the UNHCR's 'Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium'

23rd August 2018
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Day 166, Year of #Mygration: Seeing foreigners as weird and different - what is orientalism?

Despite the current discourse of fear informing popular perceptions of immigrants & refugees, historically, Western culture has viewed foreigners from Africa, Asia & the Middle East with curiosity. Professor Ingrid Piller explains 'Orientalism'. 

22nd August 2018
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Day 165, Year of #Mygration: Art of migration - Savoyards in eighteenth-century Paris

In today’s post, Dr Emma Barker discusses the immigration of Savoyards to Paris in the 18th Century as depicted through art at the time as a way of reflecting on the issue of contemporary illegal street vendors

21st August 2018

Day 164, Year of #Mygration: Migration & African Education - raising degrees through student & academic migration

Amid widespread reporting of the increase in violence towards foreign nationals in South Africa over the past few years, Professor Ashley Gunter from the University of South Africa considers the positive contribution of African immigrants into the academic sector

20th August 2018
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Day 163, Year of #Mygration: Modern Slavery – An International Human Rights Perspective

As three people in Rochdale were sentenced this week under the Modern Slavery Act for arranging the travel of another person for the purposes of exploitation, today we bring you a free online course to help understand more about what modern slavery is (rated 5 stars)

17th August 2018
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Day 162, Year of #Mygration: What makes a home?

Today, Dr Agnes Czajka, Lecturer in Politics and International Studies at the OU talks about her recent Open Forum collaboration as part of the Milton Keynes International Festival that took place at the end of July

16th August 2018
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Day 161, Year of #Mygration: Walking For Peace

With the media full of stories of division, allegations of anti-semitism, islamophobia & information emerging around yesterday’s incident in Whitehall, today we focus on those challenging these narratives through positive action, encouraging messages of tolerance

15th August 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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