Can Europe really take the moral high ground on refugees?

In a long piece published today the CNN questions current responses to refugees in Europe and challenge the moral high ground some EU leaders have claimed in responding to Donald Trump’s executive orders. Dr Nando Sigona told the CNN: “the key priority is reducing the flow without any consideration for the causes of migration. By…

Where is integration in the refugee ‘crisis’?

By Jenny Phillimore While migrants seeking to escape conflict, persecution, poverty, and environmental disaster have been crossing the Mediterranean by boat to seek sanctuary in Europe for a number of years, in 2015 the scale of arrivals increased beyond all expectations. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported in excess of one million arrivals, with migrants…

Brexit a window on contemporary processes, says Zygmunt Bauman

By Emilee Moore, University of Leeds On 5th October 2016, Emeritus Professor Zygmunt Bauman spoke at the Bauman Institute at the University of Leeds on the topic of ‘Europe’s Adventure: Still Unfinished?’ The lecture was part of a series of events taking place at the University of Leeds around the subject of Brexit. Prof. Bauman began…

The challenge of superdiversity for urban planning

by Simon Pemberton (UPWEB, Keele University) Given my eclectic background as a practising urban planner, research institute director (on social inclusion) and (more lately) human geographer, I have become increasingly interested in the implications of increasing super-diversity for urban planning, as well as the equality of outcomes of planning practices. To this end, I have…

Can the fabric of a diverse society be undone?

By Nando Sigona @nandosigona If you woke up this morning in a British city, you can see this happening right in front to your eyes. From the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham – one of the most diverse cities in the UK –  the Tories are feeding the press with anti-immigration soundbites relentlessly, competing among…