Institute for Research into Superdiversity

A centre of excellence for research and teaching in the fields of migration and superdiversity

“Conversations with Iris”, a podcast series on migration, displacement and (im)mobility available on Spotify https://bit.ly/conversations-with-iris

Operating as usual

Bespoke humanitarian visa schemes like those for Ukraine and Hong Kong can’t replace the asylum system 08/02/2024

715 days into the war, it's time to give Ukrainian refugees in the UK a pathway to long term settlement and the opportunity to rebuild their future. New study by Migzen - Rebordering Britain and Britons after Brexit team (Michaela Benson, Nando Sigona and Elena Zambelli) shows how anxieties for the future are widespread among Ukrainians under the humanitarian visa schemes. They need reassurance soon not only that the will be extended - for many the expiry date is only a year away - but that there is a pathway to long term settlement for them.

Full report is available here:https://www.migzen.net/site/assets/files/5156/2024_new_humanitarian_visas_in_a_hostile_environment-1.pdf

They also wrote for The Conversation UK discussing the limits of the UK government's approach to humanitarian protection

https://lnkd.in/efmisgkQ

Bespoke humanitarian visa schemes like those for Ukraine and Hong Kong can’t replace the asylum system For a new report, researchers spoke with dozens of people on the Hong Kong and Ukraine visas about their experiences.

Ukrainians in UK shocked by shortage of dentists, survey finds 30/01/2024

New Migzen - Rebordering Britain and Britons after Brexit report on the experiences of humanitarian visa holders from Ukraine and Hong Kong in the UK out today.
Full report here:https://migzen.net/site/assets/files/5156/2024_new_humanitarian_visas_in_a_hostile_environment-1.pdf
The Guardian wrote a piece about it, but decided to focus on dentistry 🤔 : https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2024/jan/30/ukrainians-uk-shocked-shortage-dentists-survey

Ukrainians in UK shocked by shortage of dentists, survey finds Report on refugees’ experiences says some compare NHS dentistry provision negatively with that in their home country

22/12/2023

Wishing you very best wishes for the festive season from the IRiS team. May 2024 bring happiness, peace and justice!

23/10/2023
“In London, I Am a European Citizen”: Brexit, Emotions, and the Politics of Belonging 27/09/2023

Book launch for "Revising the Integration-Citizenship Nexus" with editors and contributors.

“In London, I Am a European Citizen”: Brexit, Emotions, and the Politics of Belonging London hosts by far the largest population of non-national EU citizens in Europe. It is also home to roughly one-third of the entire EU citizen population living in the UK. London’s population changed rapidly following EU enlargement in the 2000s in terms of...

International Symposium 2023 18/09/2023

is hosting an international symposium on Migration, Coloniality and Belonging in 'Global Britain' on 17 November at The Exchange, University of Birmingham. Confirmed contributors include: Bolaji Balogun (University of Sheffield); Michaela Benson (Lancaster University); Manuela Boatcă (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg); Simon Cheng (Hongkongers in Britain); Adrian Favell (University College Cork); Catherine Craven (University of Sheffield); Charlotte Galpin (University of Birmingham); Fiona Godfrey (British in Europe); Andrew Geddes (EUI); Elspeth Guild (QMUL); Eiri Ohtani (Right to Remain); Fizza Qureshi (Migrant Rights Network); Nando Sigona (University of Birmingham); Kezia Tobin (The3Million); Peter Walsh (Migration Observatory, University of Oxford); Dan Winncott (Cardiff University); Helena Wray (University of Exeter); Colin Yeo (Free Movement); Elena Zambelli (Lancaster University); Elisabetta Zontini (University of Nottingham).
Registration is open (places are limited!)

International Symposium 2023 This day-long symposium is the closing conference for the ESRC-funded Rebordering Britain and Britons after Brexit (MIGZEN) research project.

Brexit Rebordering, Sticky Relationships and the Production of Mixed-Status Families - Elena Zambelli, Michaela Benson, Nando Sigona, 2023 18/09/2023

New article by the MIGZEN team - Elena Zambelli, Michaela Benson and Nando Sigona - in the journal Sociology. Thet examine the -driven remaking of some EU families into mixed-status families. Drawing on original research conducted in 2021–2022 with British, EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA citizens living in the UK or the EU/EEA, the article shows how families whose members have previously enjoyed equal rights to freedom of movement across the EU/EEA variously negotiate the consequences of Brexit on their lives. Central to the analysis is the interplay between hardening borders and the stickiness of family relations, and its effects on families’ migration and settlement projects. The article brings to the fore these emerging entanglements offering a much-needed relational analysis of the impact of Brexit on the directly affected populations, while contributing more widely to expanding the existing scholarship on mixed-status families, by attending to the peculiar ways in which families whose members previously enjoyed equal status under EU law have experienced their transformation into subjects with unequal rights.

Brexit Rebordering, Sticky Relationships and the Production of Mixed-Status Families - Elena Zambelli, Michaela Benson, Nando Sigona, 2023 This article examines the Brexit-driven remaking of some EU families into mixed-status families. Drawing on original research conducted in 2021–2022 with Britis...

S3 E5 Migration, diaspora, diplomacy 14/09/2023

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S3 E5 Migration, diaspora, diplomacy What role do diplomacy and the power play between states play in the development of migration policy? And how can turning our attention to the significance of foreign policy within migration governance help us in understanding the post-Brexit migration regime in the UK?   In this jam-packe...

About I-CLAIM 25/08/2023

IRIS (University of Birmingham) is leading with Utrecht University Migration & Societal Change an amazing and important new Horizon Europe project on improving the conditions of irregular migrant families in Europe. You can watch a short intro to the project below and find out more at www.i-claim.eu

About I-CLAIM Improving the living and labour conditions of irregularised migrant families in Europe (I-CLAIM) is a project funded by the European Commission's Horizon Eur...

Who do we think we are? 07/07/2023

We must bring back (empirically and conceptually) into , and I offer some thoughts on why in the latest episode of About Citizenship podcast out today! sites.libsyn.com/365921/s3-e3-b…

Who do we think we are? From Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic, to the Windrush deportation scandal citizenship and the responsibilities of the UK government to the people of Hong Kong, it seems that citizenship and migration in Britain are never far from the headlines. Who do we think we are? explores all of this and more....

Late Night Exchange: World Refugee Day 13/06/2023

-based folks, great event at The Exchange to mark on 20 June, 6pm

Late Night Exchange: World Refugee Day Join us at The Exchange for talks, performances and drop-in activities to learn more about the experience of refugees, honour their contributions, and advocate for the rights and protection of refugees worldwide.

Photos from Institute for Research into Superdiversity's post 07/06/2023

Thank you to speakers, contributors and attendees for joining the launch of IRiS 10th anniversary anthology!

07/06/2023
01/06/2023

We've had the good fortune over the years to work with many highly-renowned academics without whom we wouldn't be able to produce our content on migration. And it's the 🍒 on top when they find our videos useful for their own work!

Nando Sigona is Professor of International Migration and Forced Displacement at the University of Birmingham as well as Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS).

We filmed with Nando for a video series called "Rethink Nationalism" exploring nationalism, citizenship, (super)diversity, and belonging in Europe that was part of an Erasmus+ virtual exchange reaching thousands of students in Europe and the Southern Mediterranean. You can find the series on our YouTube channel - you're already subscribed, right?! 😉

Link to series: bit.ly/RethinkNationalism

30/05/2023

Nando Sigona (University of Birmingham) speaks to , daily Flemish current affairs-program of the Belgian public broadcaster VRT, about net migration and the UK government's response to immigration.

30/05/2023

Nando Sigona speaking on net migration and the political debate on on Times Radio

23/05/2023

We are now in Series 4 of "Conversations with Iris" podcast/zoomcast. It began at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic as a way to stay connected with friends and colleagues around the world and to understand the impact the pandemic was having on migration and migrants. We spoke to researchers, campaigners, civil society organisations, asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. Over time the range of topics for our conversations has broaden up as the number of 'Iris' hosts.
All episodes are available on all major podcast platforms (eg https://open.spotify.com/show/3WFnab2amTsIwvgf2Xbexd ) and on IRiS youtube channel (www.youtube.com/conversationswithiris).

Photos from Institute for Research into Superdiversity's post 10/05/2023

Lovely evening at Centrala with Jenny Allsopp Habib Rezaie Gul Zada and Nando Sigona talking about 'Becomimg adult'.

01/05/2023

Join us for the third event in the Shooting Stereotypes series on 10th May.

We've had 2 Film Screenings so far in the Shooting Stereotypes Series. Did you manage to join us for the viewings. If not...we have the 3rd Screening coming up on May 10th.

"Becoming adult in another man's land" (2017) captures significant moments in the lives of unaccompanied young people coming of age in Europe through a series of comedy sketches and a song written and performed by young migrants.

Europe is central to the lives of the young migrants who participated in the project and it is thus particularly salient that we are holding this event to mark Europe Day 2023. Followed by a roundtable discussion with Jennifer Allsop, Habib Rezaie & Nando Sigona.

To find out more about the ESRC-funded project "Becoming Adult: conceptions of futures and wellbeing among migrant young people in the UK" see: https://becomingadult.net

Reserve your spaces here: https://rb.gy/svys7

This event is organised in collaboration with for Institute for Research into Superdiversity

Photos from Centrala's post 18/04/2023
Temporalities of forced immobility: Anna Papoutsi talks to Inka Stock 27/03/2023

Temporalities of forced immobility - Anna Papoutsi in conversation with Inka Stock. New episode of Conversations with IRiS out today!

Temporalities of forced immobility: Anna Papoutsi talks to Inka Stock In this new episode, Anna Papoutsi discusses with Inka Stock, author of the excellent book ‘Time, migration and forced immobility: Sub-Saharan African migran...

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Videos (show all)

Nando Sigona (University of Birmingham) speaks to @Terzake,  daily Flemish current affairs-program of the Belgian public...
For our next episode of #ConversationwithIris #podcast we speak with Dr Angelo Martins Junior about #migration and how #...
IRiS at 10
Looking back to look forward: 10 year of IRiS
The Postcolonial Age of Migration, with Professor Ranabir Samaddar
Migration and citizenship after Brexit: MIGZEN survey
Climate diplomacy and migration: interview with Dr Sarah L. Nash
In this episode of Conversations with Iris, IRiS director Nando Sigona interviews Andrew Geddes, director of the Migrati...
Tech at the border
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on LGBTI people in Europe and Central Asia

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