OpenDemocracy editor Rosemary Bechler interviewed Dr Nando Sigona 25th July discussing his work on the refugee crisis, the Medmig project, and superdiversity. Nando discusses his focus and the importance of understanding death rates in the context of European asylum and border policy but also in relation to the European Union and the rise of new nationalist movements.
The interview also features Nando’s work on the situation of unaccompanied minors; the opportunities available for migrants and the “policy-made humanitarian crisis”. The links of Nando’s work on superdiversity and the refugee crisis are also clarified: “the whole refugee crisis narrative assumes that the only real refugees are the Syrians. The Geneva Convention, which does not discriminate by nationality, has been by definition effectively undermined and bypassed in this response”. According to Nando, “superdiversity helps you to see something but it doesn’t really provide an analysis of why this is the case”. The article includes more details about the concept of superdiversity and how the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) was set up.
The interview can be read in its entirety here.