Node network has a new online home

We are delighted to share the new website of the NODE network. The network is led by us at the University of Birmingham and the Institute for Asian Migrations at Waseda University and was initially funded by the UKRI Economic and Social Research Council and the Japan Foundation. Together with the information of the network... Continue Reading →

Catalysing Solutions for Climate Change and Inequalities: Call for Contributions to the Mobilities and Migration stream

The Forum for Global Challenges (3-5 May 2022), a major biennial conference seeking to catalyse solutions to the some of the most pressing challenges of our time such as climate change and inequality, is inviting contributions to the programme on ‘reimaging movement for connected and sustainable societies’.    The Forum is organised by the University of Birmingham, through its Institute for Global Innovation,... Continue Reading →

Launch on NODE UK|Japan special issue

On 13 December at 10 am (GMT) we are launching the special issue of Comparative Migration Studies edited and authored by members of the NODE UK|Japan academic network. We will hear from editors and authors and celebrate the network with the launch of the new NODE portal. All articles are available open access on Comparative... Continue Reading →

Is a new international convention to protect refugees needed? Nando Sigona speaks to Aljazeera’s Inside Story

Belarus-EU refugee standoff is the latest example of the UN refugee convention under strain. Belarus and the European Union are raising their stakes in a standoff over refugees and migrants at the Belarusian-Polish border. The EU is imposing more sanctions on entities in Belarus, while Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is threatening to cut gas supplies to Europe.... Continue Reading →

The many voices of Iris: now a polyphonic podcast

After a year and almost thirty episodes of Conversations with Iris as zoomcast, Stefano Piemontese and Nando Sigona explain why it was time to launch also a podcast version. The podcast is available on Google, Apple Podcast, and Spotify.  Before the pandemic, IRiS hosted monthly seminars on campus, inviting scholars, writers, and activists to present their work and discuss it with... Continue Reading →

Governing diversity & migration in Japan and the UK: NODE UK|Japan webinar

The next NODE UK|Japan webinar is on Tuesday 26 October 2021 at 9am (BST)/ 5pm (JST) and looks into migration and diversity governance in Japan and the UK. We have to excellent early career speakers: Szymon Parzniewski and Nobuko Nagai. Szymon Parzniewski's (University of Manchester) talk is entitled: "Moving from ‘ambiguous’ multiculturalism to ‘tacit’ superdiversity? Effects... Continue Reading →

Young Refugees Respond to the Taliban’s Return

Birmingham Fellow and IRiS researcher Dr Jenny Allsopp shares the perspectives of British Afghan refugees on the Taliban's recent return to power. Originally published in Social Policy Matters. The WhatsApp messages and emails started pinging on my phone the evening of August 15th, soon after the Taliban arrived in Kabul.  “Do you know anyone who can help... Continue Reading →

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