Much Ado About Le Pen?

April 24 2017 – Francois Bonnet. Emmanuel Macron has emerged as the frontrunner in the first round of elections for the French Presidency. Though, the leading story of the night was the success of Marine Le Pen of the National Front Party in securing second place and an opportunity to participate in the run off…

Killing in the Name of…

March  13 2017 – Loren Landau. South Africans have been rioting against, attacking and murdering foreign nationals since the end of Apartheid. The past month has seen another upsurge of this type of violence. While most have attributed this violence to a deep-seated South African nativism, in this week’s podcast we speak to Loren Landau in…

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…