How is COVID-19 affecting migrants and refugees around the world? An invitation to a conversation

By Louisa Brain|March 30, 2020|Uncategorized|0 comments

By Professor Laura Hammond, Principal Investigator, LIDC-MLT As I write this, it is estimated that ¼ of the world’s population is in some form of lockdown. Various forms of ‘social isolation’ are being practiced, from people being advised to work at home if they can, to restrictions on the sizes of social groupings and on the movement of people within and between regions as well as strict lockdowns and shelter

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Political Commitment and the Theatre of the Global Refugee Forum: A Recap

By Louisa Brain|December 21, 2019|Uncategorized|0 comments

By Laura Hammond, MLT Team Leader I’m just back from the first-ever Global Refugee Forum, a gathering of over 3000 government, UN, NGO, academic and refugee representatives, hosted by UNHCR in Geneva from 16-18 December  2019. It was a whirlwind, aimed at mobilising international support for the Global Compact on Refugees, which was signed a year ago. On that score, it was a success –UNHCR reported that 770 pledges had been been received

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Guest Blog: Behind the Scenes of Award-Winning Film Life on the Move

By Louisa Brain|November 21, 2019|Uncategorized|0 comments

Guest blog by Osbert Parker. Osbert is an award-winning director with more than 30 years’ experience working in the Film, TV and entertainment industries. He balances freelance work with delivering master classes, seminars and running international animation workshops.   Life on the Move was initially the idea of the London International Development Centre Migration Leadership Team (MLT). I was approached to make a film about mixed migration around the Horn of

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Evidence, Data and the Global Compacts

By Heleen Tummers|September 10, 2019|Uncategorized|0 comments

In April 2019, the Migration Leadership Team held its Brussels Migration Conversation, in partnership with the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and the Research Social Platform on Migration and Asylum. The full report of that meeting is available here, as are the reports of the other conversations. A major theme of the conversation was on thinking about the role of evidence and data on the implementation of the Global

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Guest Blog: Transit as a Political Place

By Louisa Brain|August 1, 2019|Uncategorized|0 comments

Guest blog by Ángela Iranzo Dosdad. Ángela is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Deusto and a visiting scholar at SOAS University of London. ‘Europe was not my destination; neither was it mine…’ Europeans construct their own myths; conservatives and even progressives feed the idea of Europe as the desired destination of clandestine Sub-Saharan migrants. However, the apparent common wisdom lacks much empirical support. This widespread assumption is, in fact, an

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Guest Blog: Challenging The Hostile Environment Through Welcoming Acts

By Jenny Allsopp|June 17, 2019|Uncategorized|0 comments

Guest blog by Giovanna Gini and Janina Pescinski. Giovanna Gini and Janina Pescinski are Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholars at Queen Mary University of London. Giovanna is looking into processes of identity negotiation and cultural transformation under climate change and human mobility in ‘traditional’ communities of Brazil. Janina’s research examines how people are performing citizenship by assisting migrant noncitizens, how the state criminalizes such actions, and how citizenship transforms as a consequence.

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Guest Blog: Wider Contexts Behind Filming SOAS Sanctuary Scholarships: Carolyn and Michelle’s Story

By Louisa Brain|May 30, 2019|Uncategorized|0 comments

Guest blog by Anna Sowa. Anna is a documentary film producer and PhD by practice candidate at the London Film School/ University of Exeter. She launched Chouette Films as a green film production company on a mission to produce films for social change with the smallest possible environmental footprint. Based at SOAS, University of London, Chouette Films fuses the worlds of academia and creativity. By harnessing the powerful and expressive language

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Guest Blog: Intimate Traces: Three Palestinian Embroidered Dresses

By Louisa Brain|May 23, 2019|Uncategorized|0 comments

Guest blog by Rachel Dedman. Rachel Dedman is an independent curator and writer based between Beirut and London. Current and recent work include projects for Ashkal Alwan (for Home Works 8) and Sursock Museum, Beirut Art Fair, and Nadim Karam, all Lebanon; Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; the Tricycle Theatre, London; and the Jerusalem Show IX. For five years, Rachel was curator at the Palestinian Museum, Ramallah, where she developed three exhibitions and

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Guest Blog: London, Glasgow, Beirut: Three Political Realities, Three Diverging Migration Conversations

By Jenny Allsopp|April 15, 2019|Uncategorized|1 comments

Guest blog by Miriam Nabarro. Miriam Nabarro is a London based visual artist and scenographer, whose practice is predominately socially and politically engaged. She is Artist in Residence in the Department of Development Studies at SOAS and visiting lecturer in Creativity, Development and Conflict. She is a creative associate with 20 Stories High Theatre Company in Liverpool, a team member for Art Refuge UK, facilitating creative psychosocial programmes alongside Médecins du

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Guest Blog: Stories Behind the Statistics in Glasgow: The Role of MILK

By Louisa Brain|March 26, 2019|Uncategorized|1 comments

Guest blog by Gabby Cluness from MILK. MILK is a social enterprise set up to empower and support refugee and migrant women living in Glasgow. MILK runs a small cafe in the Southside of the city providing a safe and welcoming environment. Visit MILK at 452 Victoria Road, Glasgow, G42 8YU. Government and media discussions focusing on refugees and migrants usually revolve around costs and quotas: what will these refugees

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