Nando Sigona offers his views on Cameron's u-turn on refugee children from within the EU on BBC News. In brief, Nando argues that it is a welcome development, particularly because it is the first time in the current refugee crisis the UK government is accepting refugees already in the EU. However, the details of the... Continue Reading →
By Arshad Isakjee On March 26 2016 I presented a paper with colleagues Dr Thom Davies (Sociology, University of Warwick) and Dr Surindar Dhesi (Environmental Health, University of Birmingham) on the informal refugee camp in Calais. Since joining IRiS in 2015, I have been working as part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers on an... Continue Reading →
Until the EU recognises the specific needs of child migrants and makes it a priority to swiftly reunite them with family members, Nando Sigona and Jenny Allsopp argue in an op-ed published in OpenDemocracy, many will likely continue to abscond from the reception system. The ‘disappearance’ of 10,000 migrant children after arriving in the EU... Continue Reading →
Nando Sigona speaking to Al Jazeera’s Inside Story on 27 Jan on Danish decision to seize asylum seeker assets.
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.
By Thomas Hylland Eriksen The events in Cologne have sparked controversies across Europe. This time, the topic is not the economic and social costs of the refugee crisis, but questions concerning culture and gender. We need a proper language in which to address these issues. There is no simple answer as to what exactly happened... Continue Reading →
Last few days to submit an abstract for Frontiers and Borders of Superdiversity to be held at the University of Birmingham on 23-24 June 2016. The aim of the conference is to map the state of the art in knowledge on superdiversity and reflect on the analytical and heuristic uses of the concept, its potential... Continue Reading →
2015 has been a really busy and successful year for IRiS. Our highlights for 2015 include a number of new high profile research projects as well as numerous publications and research related events around superdiversity and migration. Jenny Phillimore's UPWEB hit the street this year with fieldwork in full swing. The study is funded by NORFACE... Continue Reading →
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.
What is lost in the debate about refugees, which has hitherto focused on numbers, is a proper discussion about integration. In this article, Jenny Phillimore examines the steps that might support a two-way integration process.
An independent report of the Calais migrant camps, the first of its kind, has confirmed the perilous conditions facing the occupants, which fail to meet the standards recommended by global authorities. The preliminary findings of the University of Birmingham report, supported by Doctors of the World (Médicins du Monde) and funded by the Economic and... Continue Reading →