Category Culture & Integration

Partners for Profit: A Benefit for All? On the Migration Museum in London and corporate developers, Greystar

By Shrima Pandey and Lara Ertener London would not be the diverse, successful and open city it is without the many migrants who call it home. A permanent museum celebrating the history of migration would help to ensure people of all ages and backgrounds appreciate both the struggle and triumph experienced by migrant communities moving […]

Passports, power and privilege

On the side of one column in London’s Migration Museum is a list of countries, ordered by their ‘Global Passport Power Rank’. At just 4 foot 3 (and a half!), I can barely see Germany at the top, or the UK in 12th.[1] But here I stand, confronted by my privilege. It is all the […]

Refugee support in Germany: a question of impact

Much like development assistance in general, humanitarian aid to refugees is under increasing scrutiny to demonstrate its own effectiveness. This is particularly true in the context of massive refugee camps in the Middle East and Eastern Africa where donor money fuels the work of large international NGOs. Organisations working to fulfil basic needs like shelter, […]

A tolerant country?

Published over fifteen years ago in 1991, Colin Holmes’ ‘A Tolerant Country?’ poses a question that is as relative today as it was then. Holmes starting point is what he sees as the internalised celebratory vision of Britain as a tolerant country and British people as inherently decent and tolerant of immigrants, refugees and minorities, […]

Language learning for migrant children in Germany: separate or inclusive?

German schools currently receive newly immigrated children without knowledge of the local language in so-called ‘Vorbereitungsklassen’, ‘Sprachlernklassen’ or most commonly ‘Willkommensklassen’ – Welcome Classes. The basic idea is to group newly arrived children together to allow them to learn the German language in a supportive and non-competitive environment for up to one year before they […]

Favorite Immigration Reads of 2016

As in 2014 and 2015, these books on our annual list weren’t necessarily published in 2016.  Rather, this is an opportunity for contributors and guest contributors to share their favorite migration related reads of the year with our readers. – The Editors. Stacy Jones – Two years ago, actress Diane Guerrero made headlines when she […]

‘We want our country back’

It’s been a tumultuous year on both sides of the Atlantic and as 2016 draws to a close it appears that ‘we’ in the UK and US are on course to ‘get our countries back’. But are we really? And if so, what country is it that we’re getting back? Or, perhaps a better question […]

Outside Guests: Doug Aitken’s migration (empire)

I recently spent five weeks travelling in the US and UK for work. If you showed me a picture of a street I regularly visited—in Pasadena, or London, or Newcastle—I imagine I could identify it. If you asked me to identify the room I stayed in, well, that would be trickier. The hotel room is […]

How they stack up – Part I: Comparing the immigration policies of nominees for U.S. President and their Parties

In the run up to the 2016 presidential election in the United States, there are drastic differences in the tone and approach toward immigration by the major political parties and their nominees. But what exactly are some of their proposals for changes to U.S. immigration policy? This post is the first in a three-part series […]

Conflict, insecurity & exploitation: Migration in the Horn of Africa

This blog post represents one of a series marking the publication of a new book, Understanding Migrant Decisions, edited by Belachew Gebrewold and Tendayi Bloom. It includes material presented in Chapter One of the book. By Belachew Gebrewold The Horn of Africa is marred by complex and systematic internal and external political, economic and social-cultural factors that result in […]