The Migration Oxford Podcast

For several decades, researchers based at the University of Oxford have been addressing one of the most compelling human stories; why and how people move. Combining the expertise of the Centre on Migration Policy and Society, the Refugee Studies Centre, Border Criminologies in the Department of Law, the Transport Studies Unit in the School of Geography and the Environment, the Refugee-Led Research Hub, and researchers working on migration and mobility across divisions and departments, the University of Oxford has one the largest concentrations of migration researchers in the world.

We all come together at Migration Oxford.

The aim of the Migration Oxford podcast is to bring together researchers and other observers to address the major migration issues of our time, both in UK and internationally. We hope to inform and influence public debate and policy considerations, and to engage with people who want to engage more deeply with issues of human movement.

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Artivism and Migration

Intersections of art and activism are used as a tool to promote diversity, address human rights and make calls to action in contexts of migration. What is artivism and how can it support individuals to tell their own stories?

In this episode of The Migration Oxford Podcast, we discuss the role of artivism as a tool to promote diversity in contexts of migration and displacement. In the current climate whereby political rights are being threatened, does artivism make a difference in supporting the cause of migrants and refugees rights? We look at what type of creative and art-based activities help migrants and refugees, and how community-based initiatives can support individuals to tell their own stories.

We welcome Salma Zulfiqar, artist and founder of ARTconnects; Natalia, expert-by-experience and ARTconnects assistant; and Ruth Nyabuto, Academic Manager for the Refugee-Led Research Hub housed between the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre and the British Institute in Nairobi.

 

Municipal IDs and Local Citizenship

 

For irregular migrants, the inability to provide proof of identity affects nearly every aspect of life. We explore cities that have introduced municipal ID cards to enhance social integration and enable access to key services.

For irregular migrants, the inability to provide proof of identity affects nearly every aspect of their lives. Municipal ID cards have been introduced by some cities to enhance these migrants’ social integration, bridge the ‘official identification gap’, and enable access to otherwise inaccessible services. In this episode, we will hear about the experiences of cities that have developed municipal IDs, the challenges they face in securing buy-in, and the many benefits they bring to the lives of migrants.

We welcome Albert Gamarra, Assistant Deputy Commissioner of the IDNYC project based at the New York Department of Social Services; and Myriam Cherti, Senior Researcher at the Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity (GEM) and Principal Investigator for the C-MISE project, both hosted at COMPAS, University of Oxford.

Producer: Frey Lindsay

Series: The Migration Oxford Podcast

People: Myriam Cherti, Albert Gamarra, Rob McNeil, Jacqui Broadhead, Delphine Boagey

 

Emptiness, War and Migration

In the UK, migration debates tend to be about the idea of fullness but the concept of emptiness is underexplored. In the small towns of Armenia, people say “there is nothing here” stegh vochinch chka/ban chka [ստեղ ոչինչ չկա/ բան չկա] but this phrase does not describe actual nothingness. Vochinch chka/ban chka – and other descriptors related to “emptiness” found in the post-Soviet realm – refers to a loss of elements that constitute postsocialist towns and villages: people, schools, services, social networks, jobs, and the future (Dzenovska 2020). The largest conflict in postsocialist space, the Russo-Ukrainian war, sped up and generalized this tendency as whole cities are erased, millions of people are forced to leave their homes, and existential and temporal imaginaries of whole populations are mired in radical uncertainty. Why is emptiness such an important part of understanding migration as a discipline and human experience?
To explore this topic, we welcome Volodymyr Artiukh, COMPAS Postdoctoral Researcher, and Maria Gunko, COMPAS DPhil student in Migration Studies to share their research within field sites in Romania and in Armenia, as part of the EMPTINESS project. The project studies the emptying cities, towns, and villages in Eastern Europe and Russia through the lens of “emptiness” as a concrete historical formation that has emerged in conditions when socialist modernity is gone and promises of capitalist modernity have failed. Is emptiness and nothingness produced by slow violence being filled (metaphorically speaking) by the fast violence of war? Does the arrival of entirely different populations amount to a place being revived, or reshaped? How do relationships to homes and communities left behind change throughout years of war?

Guests: Maria Gunko and Volodymyr Artiukh
Hosts: Rob McNeil and Jacqui Broadhead
Producer: Delphine Boagey
Communications: Delphine Boagey

Producer: Frey Lindsay

Series: The Migration Oxford Podcast

People: Roxana Barbulescu, Emma Rimpiläinen, Volodymyr Artiukh, Rob McNeil, Jacqueline Broadhead

 


Automating Immigration in the Digital Age

 

What do advancements in AI mean for immigration? We discuss the current and emerging practices of new technologies in the field, and explore developments in the use of predictive analytics, automated risk assessment and profiling.

In this episode of The Migration Oxford Podcast, we discuss the current and emerging practices of using new technologies in the field of immigration, focusing on how border control, immigration and asylum policies are being impacted by the use of new technologies especially in and around Europe. With the help of our panel, we explore recent developments in the use of predictive analytics, automated risk assessments and profiling in immigration, and their main ethical implications. We are joined by Derya Ozkul, Senior Research Fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford and member of the Migration Oxford network; and Caterina Rodelli, EU Policy Analyst at Access Now, a civil society organisation defending the digital rights of people and communities at risk. Derya is one of the project leads at the Algorithmic Fairness for Asylum Seekers (AFAR) project and her work explores the uses of new technologies in migration and asylum fields and their real-life impact on people on the move. Caterina’s work explores issues related to biometric surveillance, artificial intelligence, and, together with several other civil society organisations, she leads the #ProtectNotSurveil campaign.

Guests: Derya Ozkul and Caterina Rodelli
Hosts: Rob McNeil and Jacqui Broadhead
Producer: Delphine Boagey

 


The Aftermath of Forced Return

 

With the help of our panel, we discuss forced return migration and the different power dynamics at play. What are the difficulties of forced returnees to home countries and what are the differences between the wealth and influence of certain states?

In this episode of The Migration Oxford Podcast, we are discussing forced return migration with a specific focus on returns from the US to Mexico or to Latin America. With the help of our panel, we will discuss the different power dynamics at play and the difference between the wealth and influence of certain states. Along with the difficulties of forced return to home countries and inaccessibility of identity documents. We are joined by Guadalupe Chavez, DPhil candidate in the department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford; Professor Matthew Gibney, professor of Politics and Forced Migration at the University of Oxford and the Director of the Refugee Studies Centre; and Maggie Loredo, a returnee from the US to Mexico and the Executive Director of Otros Dreams en Acción, a non-profit organisation based in Mexico City, which provides services to returnees.

Guests: Guadalupe Chavez, Prof Matthew Gibney, Maggie Loredo
Hosts: Rob McNeil and Jacqui Broadhead

 


Precarious Migrants

 

We often think of migration in binary terms of regular or irregular migration; legal or illegal, but often people move in between these states and are left in an insecure status. How does this precarity effect a migrant’s access to services in cities?

In this episode we discuss precarious migrants and are joined by Dr Marie Mallet-Garcia, Researcher at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford, Shams Asadi, Human Rights Commissioner and head of the Human Rights Office of the City of Vienna and Wanjiku Ngotho-Mbugua, Acting Chief Executive at Bawso. With the help of our panel, we will look at three different cities Cardiff, Frankfurt and Vienna.

Hosted by: Jacqui Broadhead and Rob McNeil

Speakers: Dr Marie Mallet-Garcia (COMPAS, University of Oxford); Shams Asadi (Head of the Human Rights Office of the City of Vienna); and Wanjiku Ngotho-Mbugua (Acting Chief Executive at Bawso)

Keywords: Gender, Migration

 

 


Politics of Emigration

 

In this episode of The Migration Oxford Podcast, we are discussing the politics of emigration. All countries are countries of immigration and of emigration, yet the politics of emigration are often less obsessed over as attitudes toward immigration.

We ask, what are the political effects of emigration on sending countries? How does understanding perceptions of emigration help us to elucidate the changing demographic dynamics including population decline, ‘brain drain’, aging populations? We discuss these topics with the help of Dr. Anna Kyriazi, a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Milan, Dr. Julia Rone, a postdoctoral researcher at the Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy at the University of Cambridge, and Madeleine Reeves, Professor in the Anthropology of Migration here at the University of Oxford.

Guests: Dr. Anna Kyriazi, Dr. Julia Rone, Prof Madeleine Reeves
Hosts: Rob McNeil and Jacqui Broadhead
Producer: Sophie Smith
Communications and Coordination: Delphine Boagey

 

 

Who counts? Data and migration 

 

We discuss the role of data science in migration studies, joined by Dr. Emre Korkmaz, lecturer in migration and co-author of Data Science for Migration and Mobility and Christina Pao, PhD student and co-organiser of the Measuring Migration Conference 2022.

In this episode of The Migration Oxford Podcast, we are discussing the role of data science in migration studies. What is the importance of mixed methods, both quantitative data and qualitative analysis? The way that we collect data is changing. How do we manage the ethical, legal and privacy related challenges with the potential of large new data sets? We are joined by Dr. Emre Korkmaz, a lecturer in migration and development at the University of Oxford’s Department of International Development (ODID) and co-author of Data Science for Migration and Mobility (ISBN: 9780197267103) and Christina Pao, a PhD student at Princeton University studying Sociology and Social Policy, and co-organiser of the Measuring Migration Conference 2022 (ISBN: 9781801351805).

Speakers: Dr. Emre Korkmaz, Christina Pao

Hosts: Rob McNeil, Jacqui Broadhead

Series: The Migration Oxford Podcast

 

 


Gendered Migration

 

How does gender affect experiences of migration and communities left behind? In the age of a controversial Nationality and Borders Bill, we ask how current policies interact with gender and find out what happens when a gender lens on migration is ignored.

How does gender affect experiences of migration and communities left behind? In the age of a controversial Nationality and Borders Bill, we ask how current policies interact with gender and find out what happens when a gender lens on migration is ignored.

To explore these questions, co-hosts Jacqui Broadhead and Rob McNeil discuss one of the most popular pieces of research from the University of Oxford’s Migration Observatory on gender and family migration to the UK. Expert guests Professor Dr. Melissa Siegel (United Nations University - MERIT, Maastricht University) and Alphonsine Kabagabo (Director, Women for Refugee Women) share their research into these issues and experience supporting migrants affected by gender-based violence, leading us to reflect on how gender impacts movement in an ever more connected world.

Speakers: Dr. Melissa Siegel (United Nations University - MERIT, Maastricht University) Alphonsine Kabagabo (Director, Women for Refugee Women) 

Series: The Migration Oxford Podcast

Hosts: Jacqui Broadhead, Rob McNeil

Oxford Unit: Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS)

Keywords: Gender, Migration

 

 


Bonus Episode - Immigration to Innovation 

 

We have a new bonus episode of the Migration Oxford podcast, which accompanies the full episode on migrant and refugee entrepreneurship (Immigration to Innovation). Listen: https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/bonus-immigration-innovation (also on Apple and Spotify)

In this bonus episode, Aditi Anand (Artistic Director, Migration Museum) takes us on an extended tour of the immersive Taking Care of Business exhibition and introduces us to the stories behind migrant businesses we often don't get to hear.

Speaker: Aditi Anand (Artistic Director, Migration Museum) 

Hosts: Rob McNeil, Jacqui Broadhead

Series: The Migration Oxford Podcast

Oxford Unit: Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS)

Keywords: Business, Entrepreneurialism, Innovation, Immigration

 

 

 


Immigration to Innovation

 

We take a tour round the Taking Care of Business exhibition at the Migration Museum and hear about new research into refugee entrepreneurialism.

There is a rich history of migrant entrepreneurs shaping British high streets, from small, family-owned businesses to large chains turned household names. In this episode of the Migration Oxford podcast, Aditi Anand (Artistic Director, Migration Museum) takes us on a tour of the immersive Taking Care of Business exhibition and introduces us to the stories behind migrant businesses we often don't get to hear. We then speak to Gilda Borriello (COMPAS DPhil candidate and Consultant for the World Bank) about her research into the challenges and opportunities behind refugee entrepreneurialism, which you can follow @Refugee_entr.

Speakers: Aditi Anand; Gilda Borriello

Series: The Migration Oxford Podcast

Hosts: Jacqui Broadhead, Rob McNeil

Oxford Unit: Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS)

Keywords: Business, Refuee, History, Entrepreneurs

 

 


Movement of Money

 

As we enter a period of global instability, we ask what role remittances will play and how we can improve data collection on remittances to better understand their vital importance on a local and global scale. In this episode of the Migration Oxford Podcast, we talk about remittances—the movement of money between migrants and their friends and families—with Dilip Ratha (Head of the Global Knowledge Partnership for Migration and Development and Lead Economist for Migration, Remittances and Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice, World Bank) and Professor Carlos Vargas-Silva (Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford). We ask what remittances reveal about the nature of migration and how informal remittances give us a sense of migration routes that are not so common or visible. 

Speakers: Carlos Vargas-Silva, Dilip Ratha

Series: The Migration Oxford Podcast

Hosts: Jacqui Broadhead, Rob McNeil

Oxford Unit: Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS)

Keywords: Migration, Money, Migrants, Bank, Jobs

 

 


Rwanda and refoulement: Can the 1951 Refugee Convention survive? 

 

In this episode of the Migration Oxford Podcast, we ask if the 1951 Refugee Convention is under attack.

As states look for ways to avoid taking responsibility for refugees and asylum seekers, such as the UK's "Migration and Economic Development Partnership with Rwanda". Is the Convention still the right tool, and how can the protection it offers refugees be improved in an era where global governance of any issue is vexed at best? We speak to Dr Catherine Briddick, Departmental Lecturer in Gender and International Human Rights and Refugee Law at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford, and Sabir Zazai Chief Executive of the Scottish Refugee Council to understand both the human and legal implications of the convention and moves by states to circumvent it.

Series: The Migration Oxford Podcast

People: Catherine Briddick, Sabir Zazai, Rob McNeil, Jacqueline Broadhead

 


Citizenship Deprivation

 

As the controversial Nationality and Borders Bill works its way through parliament in the UK, we investigate Clause 9 which focuses on citizenship deprivation and the rights of the Home Secretary to take somebody's citizenship away.

Joined by Zoe Gardner,and Abhishek Saha, we ask who is a citizen, and how can citizenship be taken away? We also look beyond the UK to the story of Assam, in India and how the National Register of Citizens has played out there.

Zoe Gardner is Policy and Advocacy Manager at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants. She previously worked in communications and policy roles at Asylum Aid, the Race Equality Foundation and the European Council on Refugees and Exiles in Brussels.

Abhishek Saha is a journalist covering Northeast India for the Indian Express. He is currently undertaking the MSc in Migrations Studies at the University of Oxford, graduating in Summer 2022. His book, No Land’s People: The Untold Story of Assam’s NRC Crisis (2021) is published by HarperCollins India.

Speakers: Abhishek Saha, Rob McNeil, Jacqui Broadhead, Zoe Gardner

Series: The Migration Oxford Podcast

People: Abhishek Saha Rob McNeil Jacqui Broadhead Zoe Gardner

Oxford Unit: Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS)

Keywords: Nationality and borders bill, immigration, immigrant, clause 9, citizenship, deprivation, welfare, india, parliament

 

 
 

Leaving Ukraine

 

We discuss the war on Ukraine and the almost unprecedented speed and size of the movement of people fleeing the country. We discuss the displacement taking place, how refugees are being received in Europe, and the impact this will have on post-EU Britain.

In our first ever episode, Rob McNeil and Jacqueline Broadhead of COMPAS (University of Oxford Centre on Migration, Policy and Society) discuss the war on Ukraine with three expert researchers:

Dr Roxana Barbulescu, who leads the ‘Feeding the Nation: Seasonal Migrant Workers and Food Security during the COVID-19 Pandemic’ with Professor Carlos vargas-Silva (COMPAS, University of Oxford). The project explores the role seasonal migrant workers and farmers in pandemic times, their recruitment and working practices in situations of severe international travel restrictions and a re-imagined post-Brexit immigration.

Emma Rimpiläinen is a Post-Doctoral Affiliate at the School of Anthropology at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on mass displacement caused by the pre-exisitng war in Donbas, Eastern Ukraine, and examines how the people displaced by the violence there navigate the landscapes of legal ambiguity in Russia and Ukraine.

Volodymyr Artiukh a Postdoctoral Researcher at COMPAS with the ERC-funded project EMPTINESS: Living Capitalism and Democracy after (Post)Socialism. Before the invasion, Volodymyr was studying the movement of Ukrainian migrants between Donbass, central Ukraine, and Belarus.

Producer: Frey Lindsay

Series: The Migration Oxford Podcast

People: Roxana Barbulescu, Emma Rimpiläinen, Volodymyr Artiukh, Rob McNeil, Jacqueline Broadhead

 

 

 

 

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