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, 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.

We also encourage you to check out the Migration Podcast by IMISCOE. 

Who counts? Data and migration

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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