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…

Surviving at the Expense of…? A Rejoinder to Loren Landau

April 3 2017 – Michael Onyebuchi Eze. Three weeks ago, Loren Landau conversed with us on how poor, black South Africans use violence to demand the attention of political elites. In this week’s rejoinder Michael Onyebuchi Eze argues that it is more a symptom of a nation much too stuck in its frozen transition to…

Are We Heading Towards More Populist or Pluralist Societies within Europe?

March 27 2017 – Sarah de Lange. Whereas the international media has been mostly concentrating on the perceived electoral rivalry between Rutte and Wilders during the last Dutch elections, a more interesting note might be the rise of parties that, for example, represent the ‘migrant vote’. Though this signifies the increasing tendency of governmental fragmentation in…

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 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…