Welcome to “Conversations with Iris”, podcast series on migration, displacement and (im)mobility produced by the Institute for Research into Superdiversity at the University of Birmingham. In our Conversations we dialogue with researchers, teachers, writers, migrants, refugees, activists, community organisers, artists and policy makers on issues related to migration and diversity in the (post)Covid world. The series is also available as Zoomcast on www.superdiversity.net and IRiS youtube channel www.youtube.com/ConversationswithIRiS
Citizenship and belonging: Generation 2.0 in Greece
Anna Papoutsi talks to Natani Petros about identity and belonging among second generation individuals of African decent in Athens (Greece). We discuss the experience of growing up under a citizenship regime that is based on jus sanguinis, meaning that nationality is determined by the nationality of the parents and not the place of birth (jus soli). While born and raised in Greece, children of African migrants had until recently no access to citizenship. Even today many of them still practically have no way of becoming citizens, while their sense of belonging is further curtailed by narrow and racialised understandings of Greekness. In our discussion we draw on the work of the grassroots organisation ‘Generation 2.0 for Rights, Equality & Diversity’, who led the campaign for the right to citizenship for the second generation. Natani Petros is the Diversity Network Officer at Generation 2.0 for Rights, Equality & Diversity. She is of Ethiopian origin and was born and raised in Athens. Her work now focuses on diversity and inclusion, campaigning for racial injustice in Greece.
Indigenous migration in Mexico, Guatemala and the USA - in conversation with Valentina Glockner and Walter G. Flores
In this episode of Conversations with Iris we examine the unresearched phenomenon of indigenous migration with a focus on Guatemala, Mexico and the US diaspora. Despite the heterogeneity of indigenous populations in terms of language culture, age, gender and family make-up, they often face a range of specific vulnerabilities on the move. The challenges they meet both on their journey and once they settle are significant. They include gender-based violence, human trafficking, racism and language barriers that undermine their rights and due process. Indigenous populations in Central America are at risk of displacement owing to range of factors, including climate change and environmental degradation alongside extreme poverty, lack of socio-economic opportunity and violence.
In this conversation, Dr Jennifer Allsopp talks to Dr Walter Flores and Professor Valentina Glockner, Co-Investigators on the GCRF funded Life Facing Deportation project about recent trends in indigenous migration. Together, they discuss the need for a localized and global response to rights literacy for indigenous people on the move.
Migration governance beyond the state – In conversation with Andrew Geddes
In the new episode of Conversations with Iris, Nando Sigona talks with professor Andrew Geddes, director of the Migration Policy Centre at the European University Institute, about his recent book 'Governing migration beyond the state' (Oxford University Press). The conversation explores the role of regional actors in migration governance and how responses to mobility are negotiated across different national, international and regional actors, including the private sector.
Tech at the border – In conversation with Millie Graham Wood
When travelling across the world, people are being subjected to multiple forms of tracking and profiling by unaccountable state agencies.
Local and international travel is changing radically as concerns about terrorism and migration increase. Security agencies require access to travellers’ information before they leave their homes, compulsory identification of travellers now includes the collection of fingerprints and facial images, and secret watchlists, dossiers and profiles are being developed. Nando Sigona talks to Millie Graham Wood of Privacy International to find out about the risks of digital bordering for migrants and refugees.
LGBTIQ people seeking asylum in the UK in times of COVID-19 – In conversation with Laurie Hartley
Laurie Hartley, Asylum Seeker Support Worker at Rainbow Migration (previously known as UKLGIG), speaks to IRiS academic Dawn River about the experiences of LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum in the UK.
The New Plan for Immigration in the UK: Asylum under threat – In conversation with Zoe Gardner
IRiS Director Professor Nando Sigona is joined by Zoe Gardner, Policy Advisor with the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) to discuss the UK’s new plan for immigration.