The Trump Presidency: The Real First 100 Days

November 14 2016 – Austin Kocher In this episode we come back to the conversation we had last March with Austin Kocher – PhD student at the Department of Geography of the Ohio State University – on how a possible Trump Presidency would affect US immigration policy. As we all know, against all odds Trump…

The Dismantlement of the ‘Jungle Camp’: Are We “Removing” the Problem?

November 7 2016 – Claudio Minca As the authorities have recently fulfilled their mission in clearing the infamous Calais Jungle Camp, once home to some seven thousand migrants and asylum seekers, we in this week’s talk speak with Claudio Minca – Professor and Head of the Cultural Geography chair group at Wageningen University (WUR). Instead…

The Bratislava Declaration: “Never Again”

September 26 2016 – Sandrino Smeets European leaders recently met in Bratislava to sift through the ashes of Brexit and chart the organization’s way forward. Migration and asylum dominated the agenda with their Declaration vowing “[n]ever to allow return to uncontrolled flows of last year”. This week we asked Sandrino Smeets – an expert on EU…

No More Mr. Nice Guy? Germany’s New Anti-terror Laws

September 12  2016 – Matthias Leese Responding to recent attacks in Ansbach and Wuerzburg, German CDU Minister for the Interior, Thomas de Maiziere recently tabled a proposal for wide ranging changes to Germany’s security and anti-terror policy. The 16 page proposal calls for increases in police numbers, changes to data protection laws and protocols, new methods of popular…

Better off in Turkey?

June 6 2016 – Can Mutlu. Will Syrian refugees be better off in Turkey? European leaders are banking on it, but have little idea about the quality of protection Turkey offers Syrian nationals. Can Mutlu, currently based at Bilkent University, is one of the few researchers who has been studying Turkish refugee reception processes up close…

Independent not Unaccompanied, Ambitious not Afraid: A Rejoinder to Elaine Chase

May 30, 2016 – Stanford Mahati. Early this month, Elaine Chase told us how child migrants in Europe struggle to plan for their own  future. In this week’s rejoinder, Stanford Mahati argues that we have underestimated the considerable capacity of child migrants to make their own migration plans and establish their own livelihoods in South Africa. He asks us to abandon the term ‘unaccompanied minors’ and instead…

The New Hope for Diversity?

May 23 2016 – John Bowen. London has a new Mayor: Sadiq Khan. His Muslim and immigrant background have been front and centre in the social media celebrations of his election. At the same time, Khan has sought to play down his background, asserting that he is a mayor of a major capital city, not a…

The Banality of Solidarity

May 16, 2016 – Antonis Vradis & Anna Papoutsi. After delivering her verdict on Pope Francis’ move to rescue asylum seekers on Lesbos, Anja Karlsson Franck asked us to seek out a rejoinder from Antonis Vradis and Anna Papoutsi at the Transcapes project in Durham. This week, they seek to answer Anja’s question about whether we can help…

The Papacy: Paternalistic as Ever: A Response to Anja Karlsson Franck

March 21, 2016 – Polly Pallister-Wilkins Last week Anja Karlsson Franck spoke to us about Pope Francis’ decision to rescue 12 migrants who were stranded on the Greek Island of Lesbos. Anja argued that we might the Pope’s gesture as a problematic but still politically progressive act. In today’s recording Polly Pallister Wilkins joins forces with…

Childhood Without a Future? Unaccompanied Youth Migrants in Europe

May 2, 2016 – Elaine Chase. Large numbers of unaccompanied young migrants are seeking sanctuary in Europe. The plight of these migrants has been brought into focus by the conditions in Calais. The Guardian recently reported that over 150 unaccompanied children from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries are still stranded in Calais, and called on UK Home…

A Papal ‘Gesture’: Can We Help Asylum Seekers without Exploiting Them?

April 25, 2016 – Anja Karlsson Franck On April 16th, Pope Francis made a ‘gesture’ on the Greek Island of Lesbos. Francis, the unlikely darling of the liberal left, returned to the Vatican with 12 Muslim Syrian asylum seekers, planning to offer them sanctuary. Was the Pope setting an example for European governments to follow,…

Reply: to Kendra Briken on Cologne

Monday, 28 March 2016 – Francois Bonnet Today we feature Francois’ response to Kendra Briken’s rejoinder on his podcast The Monday Morning Meetings on Migration (4M) organizers have asked me to provide a short written commentary on Kendra Briken’s podcast, “Room for a Feminist Anti-racism after Cologne? A rejoinder to Francois Bonnet”. At start, thank…