Jenny Phillimore on superdiversity

A great deal of attention has been placed upon the numbers of migrants arriving in Europe with far less concern paid to how those migrants might be supported to integrate into European societies. Researchers at Birmingham have undertaken studies looking at what works in migrant integration and identifying good practice in migrant integration. They have also…

Superdiversity & its implications

Nando Sigona speaks at the pop-up Festival of Identities at City Lit in London (10-11 May) on superdiversity, the importance of deconstructing the categories and labels we use to describe society and the work being carried out at IRiS. Click on the image to watch the video.

Denmark migration law: a sign of things to come?

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Al Jazeera’s Inside Story (27 Jan) on Denmark adopting law on seizure of asylum seeker assets. Guests: Ramazan Salman – Director of the support group ‘Migrants for Migrants’, Irene Zugasti – Co-author of the report ‘Civil Society Responses to the Refugee Crisis’, and me.

Trudeau on the diversity potential

Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister speaks about why multiculturalism needs to be an integral part of all children’s education. It’s important, he argues, that everyone have the tools to understand “you don’t have to choose between the identity that your parents have and being a full citizen of Canada.” http://qz.com/602525

Al Jazeera’s Inside Story on refugee integration in Europe

Sweden introduces border controls to deal with refugee crisis. Presenter: Martine Dennis Guests: Elizabeth Collett – Director of the Migration Policy Institute Europe. Dr Nando Sigona – Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham and Deputy Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity.  Sarosh Zaiwalla – Senior Partner and Founder of Zaiwalla and Co-Solicitors.

An icon for the public: the library of Birmingham

This video is part of the Translation and Translanguaging (TLANG) research project funded by the AHRC. The aim of the project is to understand how people communicate multilingually across diverse languages and cultures. It defines ‘translation’ as the negotiation of meaning using different modes (spoken/written/ visual/gestural) where speakers have different proficiencies in a range of…

In an era of superdiversity we need to radically rethink integration, says Nando Sigona at Bright Blue’s Immigration Commission

In September 2014, the Conservative think-tank Bright Blue hosted an oral evidence session on immigration. A team of high-profile commissioners interviewed experts from academia, government, journalism, the third sector and business. There were eight main sessions: business and growth; work and poverty; education, research, innovation and skills; local communities and public services; refugees, border control, visas and detention…