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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
Becoming or not becoming British? Marie Godin and Nando Sigona look into naturalisation decision making among EU citizens in the UK after Brexit in a new open access article published in Ethnic and Racial Studies.
The share of British naturalization applications by EU citizens increased in the aftermath of the 2016 EU referendum. This article looks into the range of motivations informing decisions to become British or not among EU families from new and old EU member states.
This open access article contributes to scholarship on migrants’ lived experiences of naturalization by adopting a family-centred approach to explore intergenerational and intersectional dynamics in citizenship decision making. Naturalization involves personal and collective reckoning with a sense of loss of status and imagined future. We argue that rather than a “premium”, naturalization is framed by many EU citizens as a response to a perceived loss of status (defensive narrative) and threat (protective narrative). This process is mediated and negotiated within the household, and the narratives of naturalization are embedded in participants’ social positioning and shaped by their social statuses and senses of entitlement.
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This conversation examines the unresearched phenomenon of indigenous migration with a focus on Guatemala, Mexico and the US diaspora. Despite the heterogeneity of indigenous populations in terms of language culture, age, gender and family make-up, they often face a range of specific vulnerabilities on the move. The challenges they meet both on their journey and once... Continue Reading →
The Call for Participants for the euniwell winter school on Migration And DivErsity IN EUROPEan cities (MADEINEUROPE) is now open. The winter school is open to Masters and PhD students enrolled to one of the seven universities of the euniwell network - the universities of Birmingham (UK), Florence (Italy), Leiden (the Netherlands), Cologne (Germany), Nantes... Continue Reading →
Author: Marisol Reyes, IRiS Research Associate The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our daily lives in many ways, with global and local inequalities evident in terms of infection and mortality rates and socio-economic impacts. Refugees are recognised to be a vulnerable population with a recent study by the World Health Organisation finding significant impact of COVID-19... Continue Reading →
In the new episode (#26) of Conversations with Iris, Nando Sigona talks with professor Andrew Geddes, director of the Migration Policy Centre at the European University Institute, about his recent book 'Governing migration beyond the state' (Oxford University Press). The conversation explores the role of regional actors in migration governance and how responses to mobility... Continue Reading →
We are pleased to launch a new series of blog posts aimed at providing insights into the key themes, centres of production and geographical foci in migration studies today through an analysis of the coverage of some of the key academic journals in the field. The series is written and researched by the students on... Continue Reading →