Nando Sigona: On superdiversity in a ‘crisis mood’

Nando Sigona: On superdiversity in a ‘crisis mood’

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.

 

 

 

 

Talking Migration: What is the right to asylum and why are people crossing the Med?

Talking Migration: What is the right to asylum and why are people crossing the Med?

Talking migration features Professor Heaven Crawley in one of their podcasts debating the right to asylum and Europe’s response to the refugee crisis. The conversation is led by Professor David Owen, Professor in Social and Political Philosophy at the University of Southampton, and David Goodhart, Director of the Integration Hub and former director of Demos. Heaven gives an overview of the MEDMIG research project [33 minutes into the podcast] discussing the first findings, which show the increasing number of families travelling from Turkey to Greece, and that there are mixed motivations behind these journeys. Continue reading

El Pais: How the protagonists of this arrival are unknown yet predictable

El Pais: How the protagonists of this arrival are unknown yet predictable

The Spanish newspaper El País includes commentary from Nando Sigona in this article published 10th April. The article focuses on the fact that migrants have no option but to take the journey towards new unknown places with little information about migration policies in possible destination countries. The risks and uncertainties are the same for people from different backgrounds, as the interview of one refugee in Athens shows. The article can be viewed here (in Spanish).

BFMTV news channel debating MEDMIG briefing

BFMTV news channel debating MEDMIG briefing

On 8th April MEDMIG’s first Research Brief (can be read here) was debated on the business channel BFMTV, a 24-hour rolling news and weather channel based in France and available globally via digital, cable and satellite television. The station has 10  million daily viewers and 1.4m Twitter followers. You can listen to the programme (which is in French) by clicking here (starts at 4:00).

Open Migration: Polarised or normalised – the newspapers at the time of the refugee crisis

Open Migration: Polarised or normalised – the newspapers at the time of the refugee crisis

The article about media and the migration crisis published by Open Migration 8th April includes commentary from Nando Sigona as well as results from the ‘Victims and Villains. Migrant Voices in the British Media‘ research carried out by Heaven Crawley, Simon McMahon and Katharine Jones. The research shows the portrayal of migrants as either victims and villains in British media, which according to Sigona is caused by the treatment of the migration crisis as a means rather than an end, placing the issue on the same stage with the debate about UK’s role within the EU. The article can be viewed here (in Italian).

The Guardian: Border force warns terrorists could enter EU by abusing asylum checks

The Guardian: Border force warns terrorists could enter EU by abusing asylum checks

The article published by The Guardian 6th April includes commentary from Nando Sigona regarding the way Frontex border agency records border crossings. While the agency has previously admitted the arrival of migrants may be double-counted as several borders are crossed, its annual risk analysis is now warning that migratory flows may be used by terrorists entering the EU. The article can be viewed here.

Evidence given to House of Lords EU Sub-Committee

Evidence given to House of Lords EU Sub-Committee

On Wednesday 23rd March Professor Heaven Crawley was one of three academics invited to give evidence as part of the House of Lords EU Sub-Committee inquiry into Unaccompanied Children in Europe. Speaking alongside Dr Ciara Smyth (Lecturer Above The Bar, NUI Galway) and Professor Ravi KS Kohli (University Bedfordshire), Heaven drew on the findings of the MEDMIG research and her fieldwork on the Greek island of Lesvos to talk about the information currently available on the experiences and needs of accompanied children entering and moving through the EU, the difficulties children face in accessing protection and having their claims for protection properly heard and the need for guardians to support children in navigating the asylum process. She also commented on recent developments in Greece where those arriving are now being detained as a result of the EU-Turkey deal.

The session was televised and can be seen here. More information about the inquiry can be found here.