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Talks, chats and discussions about all things migration. Visit the website and sign up to the mailing list at homelandsadvisory.com/podcast.

The Migration & Diaspora Podcast Loksan Harley

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Talks, chats and discussions about all things migration. Visit the website and sign up to the mailing list at homelandsadvisory.com/podcast.

    Episode 51: Turning down the volume - how to make migration debates better

    Episode 51: Turning down the volume - how to make migration debates better

    Hello and welcome to another episode of the Migration & Diaspora Podcast, produced by Homelands Advisory, your independent migration agency. In case this is your first time tuning in, we spotlight projects, research and stories related to people on-the-move.

    Today, we’ve got a heavyweight of the migration world, Rob McNeil from the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, on the show to get his take on contemporary public debate on migration.

    About Rob

    Rob is the Deputy Director and Head of Media and Communications at the Migration Observatory, where he leads on public relations strategy, parliamentary and community outreach and news and commentary work. Rob was actually part of the team who launched the Observatory in 2011 and, since then, has been working to embed its analysis in public debates. Rob also participates in Oxford University and the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society’s (COMPAS) research projects, examining the social environments from which news stories and narratives about migration and migrants emerge, how media debate affects migration policy decisions (and vice versa), and how information gaps affect how these issues are discussed. Rob is a former journalist and previously served as Media Director for the US environmental organisation Conservation International, PR manager for Oxfam GB, Senior Press Officer for WWF-UK, and as a journalist for the Evening Standard, The Daily Mirror, Time Out and BBC Wildlife, among other publications.

    What we talk about

    That’s quite the track record. In today’s far-reaching, perhaps meandering, interview, I learn from Rob’s extensive media and academic experience studying migration narratives and debates, especially in the UK and Europe (though parallelling discourse in many other countries). We discuss the nature of these migration debates and, in particular, which factors seem to lead to more balanced and less toxic debates on migration. I’m sure you’ll agree this is a very timely conversation. 

    I thoroughly enjoyed having Rob on the show because he not only speaks from his eminent position at the Observatory, but also draws from his experience working on different topics in different countries. I’d like to thank Rob for coming on the show and thank you for listening. And without further ado, please sit back and enjoy the episode.



    Links


    Migration Oxford Podcast: https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/migration-oxford-podcast  


    MDPcast Ep37: Communicating migration with Marco Ricorda:  https://www.homelandsadvisory.com/podcast/episode/52bc36f7/episode-37-communicating-migration-with-marco-ricorda 


    Connect with Rob: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rob-mcneil-060b1822/ 


    Is it time to turn down the volume on the migration debate?: https://feps-europe.eu/is-it-time-to-turn-down-the-volume-on-the-migration-debate/ 


    Communicating on migration (policy brief series): https://feps-europe.eu/publication/communicating-on-migration/ 


    Reporting migration: A handbook on migration reporting for journalists: https://www.icmpd.org/file/download/50559/file/Handbook0on0Reporting0Migration0EN.pdf#page=39 


    Unpicking the notion of ‘safe and legal’ routes: https://mixedmigration.org/unpicking-the-notion-of-safe-and-legal-routes/ 

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    Episode 50: Engaging diasporas to localise humanitarian responses

    Episode 50: Engaging diasporas to localise humanitarian responses

    Hello and you’re listening to the Migration & Diaspora Podcast, a show that shines light on some of the most impactful trends, projects and people working in the field of migration and diaspora engagement. And I’m your host, Loksan Harley, Executive Director of Homelands Advisory - your independent migration agency specialised in research, policy development and trainings. 

    About Bashàïr

    Today, I’m joined by Dr Bashàïr Ahmed, CEO of Shabaka, a diaspora-led organisation specialised in research, policy and practice contributing to the role of diaspora and migrants in humanitarian preparedness, response, and recovery. Based in Brighton, UK, Bashàïr has over 20 years’ experience working with United Nations agencies and international organisations focused on fragile and conflict-affected countries. Bashàïr has consulted on a wide range of migration and diaspora initiatives, including the protection of irregular migrants, the development of e-trainings on humanitarian principles for diaspora organisations, and providing guidance on diaspora engagement in development and humanitarian response. Bashàïr holds a doctorate in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex, where she also serves as a Research Associate; her academic interests include humanitarianism, diasporas, migration and development, and intergenerational engagement.

    What we talk about 


    The state of play of diaspora engagement in humanitarianism. 


    How diasporas contribute to response to and recovery from different forms of crisis. 


    How traditional humanitarian organisations currently work with diaspora organisations. 


    Constraints on diaspora groups’ humanitarian involvement. 


    The shifts required to amplify diaspora groups’ impact in humanitarian contexts as well as their critical role in localising aid and humanitarian responses. 



    For those of you whose interest in the topic is piqued by this conversation, I recommend tuning into Episode 12 on the same topic, which you can find on homelandsadvisory.com/podcast where you’ll also see a form at the top of the page allowing you to subscribe to the podcast to never miss an episode. 

    Anyway, without further ado, I’d like to thank Bashàïr very much for coming on the show and I very much hope that you enjoy our conversation.




    Cluster system: According to UN OCHA, the humanitarian cluster system is a coordination mechanism used by the UN and other humanitarian organizations to respond to crises. It is designed to organize humanitarian actors into core sectors, such as water, health and food security. 


    Shabaka’s website: https://shabaka.org/about-shabaka/our-team/ 


    Connect with Bashàïr on LI: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bashair-ahmed/ 


    Twitter: @Shabaka_org


    MDPcast Episode 12 with Daniela Villacrez: https://www.homelandsadvisory.com/podcast/episode/2a7391e0/episode-12-how-to-engage-diasporas-in-humanitarian-assistance  


    British Red Cross Diaspora Humanitarian Programme: https://www.redcross.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/diaspora-humanitarian-partnership-programme-grants#:~:text=What%20is%20the%20Diaspora%20Humanitarian,at%20engaging%20with%20diaspora%20communities. 


    “The switchboard”:  https://shabaka.org/about-switchboard/ 


    Why these 10 humanitarian crises demand your attention now: https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/analysis/2024/01/08/why-these-10-humanitarian-crises-demand-your-attention-now 

    All the MDPcast episodes: https://homelandsadvisory.com/podcast

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    Episode 49: The journey of a granadilla - how a podcast is connecting Peruvian diaspora women

    Episode 49: The journey of a granadilla - how a podcast is connecting Peruvian diaspora women

    Hello, and welcome to another episode of the Migration & Diaspora Podcast, where we discuss topics, projects, ideas, and everything else related to migration and diaspora engagement.

    Today, we’ve got a podcast about, well, podcasting. We’ve got Ana Lucía Gutiérrez González on the show to share her wonderful story connecting with fellow Peruvian diaspora women through the Granadilla Podcast that she hosts. 

    About Ana

    Ana interviews Peruvian women around the world and shares their stories as a form of inspiration and motivation for future female migrants while creating a space to empower them. She is currently pursuing a PhD in migration, focusing on Peruvian migrant women while running operations for a startup in Israel. She is married and has a dog. Ana loves travelling, good food and long naps. BTW, these introductions I include at the beginning of each episode are the bios that guests share with me and I love that having a dog and enjoying naps feature in Ana’s. 

    What we talk about 


    Ana’s experience being a Peruvian diaspora woman. 


    Building a podcast in the midst of a pandemic to connect with other Peruanas por el mundo.


    How Ana ended up turning that podcast into an organisation that not only tells diaspora stories but that also now connects, supports, trains and empowers Peruvian women.



    I really enjoyed having Ana on the show and I thoroughly recommend checking out the Granadilla Podcast, whether you’re a Peruvian or Latina migrant or if you’re simply interested in hearing some wonderful stories of identity and human connection. And listen out for the curious story behind the name of Ana’s podcast. 

    Last but not least, thank you so much for tuning in and without further ado, please sit back and enjoy the show. 




    Tune into the Granadilla Podcast: https://granadillapodcast.com/ 
    Connect with Ana on LI: https://www.linkedin.com/in/analuciagutierrez/ 
    Follow @RandomAnaG on X: https://twitter.com/RandomAnaG 
    Special 1 (in English): The Journey of the Granadilla:  https://open.spotify.com/episode/3zKDfGxAZXcuDv3BcpQL5U?si=3910ab7890ef4922 
    Episode 3 with Katherine in England: https://open.spotify.com/episode/2U908W46GwJRjHOhq0VGM9?si=2bfd6ce60ad24ac8
    Episode 19 with Nadian in the US: https://open.spotify.com/episode/2LOJTgRSR4cLhFJ0Vrr5FW?si=c181cfb5b5834a8b 

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    Episode 48: Assessing migration governance - learnings from IOM’s MGI programme

    Episode 48: Assessing migration governance - learnings from IOM’s MGI programme

    Hello, and welcome to another episode of the Migration & Diaspora Podcast, where we discuss topics, projects, ideas, and everything else related to the movement of people. 

    Today, I’m joined by David Martineau, Senior Programme Manager at the International Organization for Migration (IOM), who tells us all about the Migration Governance Indicators (MGI) programme. 

    About David

    Working within IOM’s department of policy and research, David works to build governments’ capacity to understand how their policy frameworks could better respond to emerging challenges and opportunities stemming from current migration dynamics. In his decade working at IOM, he has worked on the organisation’s engagement on the Sustainable Development Goals, New Urban Agenda and other multilateral processes. He was deployed to Moldova for the Ukraine response and worked on UN partnerships in New York. Before IOM, David studied and worked in Germany, Ukraine, Russia and Canada. David holds Masters degrees from the Munk School of Global Affairs (University of Toronto) and Queen’s University in Canada.

    What we talk about

    It was an absolute pleasure to have David on the show to tell us all about:


    How IOM helps different countries from around the world to assess their migration governance frameworks. 


    What migration governance constitutes. 


    The indicators used to measure migration governance.


    Knock-on effects that the MGI assessments have produced for the countries and municipalities who have benefited from the programme.



    Links


    MGI webpage: https://www.migrationdataportal.org/overviews/mgi 


    MGI success stories: https://publications.iom.int/books/migration-governance-indicators-success-stories-2023 


    Connect with David on LI: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-martineau-0ba24136/ 

    All the MDPcast episodes: https://homelandsadvisory.com/podcast

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    Episode 47: How win-win labour mobility can address global skills imbalances

    Episode 47: How win-win labour mobility can address global skills imbalances

    Hello and welcome to another episode of the Migration & Diaspora Podcast, a show about all things migration hosted by yours truly, Loksan Harley from Homelands Advisory. 

    Today, we’ve got a fascinating episode featuring my friend Salvatore Petronella from Labor Mobility Partnerships (LaMP).

    About Salvatore 

    Salvatore Petronella is a migration governance specialist focusing on the EU external dimension, with a special focus on labour mobility and the smuggling of migrants. He is currently the Knowledge and Influence Lead at LaMP, developing proof-of-concepts for EU Member States and engaging with industry representatives and international institutions. 

    Salvatore previously coordinated the launch and implementation of the Migration Partnership Facility (MPF) at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). He also worked at ICF International, leading various evaluation and impact assessments as well as serving as a senior expert to the European Migration Network (EMN). He previously worked at the European Commission (DG HOME) as a seconded national expert on integration policies. 

    What we talk about

    I was keen to get Salvatore on the show to talk about his work at LaMP, as I’d been seeing and hearing a lot about this relatively new organisation and was curious to learn more. And because I was curious, well, I thought some of you might be curious about LaMP as well. 

    So listen closely as Salvatore and I talk all about:


    LaMP and their work to develop new labour mobility schemes and partnerships. 


    The broader demographic trends that are creating a need for labour mobility partnerships. 


    How labour mobility is currently regulated. 


    How labour mobility partnerships have the potential to match growing labour demands and shortages around the world. 



    As always, I’d like to thank you very much for tuning in and hope you enjoy the show. 




    Connect with Salvatore: https://www.linkedin.com/in/salvatore-petronella/ 
    Labor Mobility Partnerships (LaMP): https://lampforum.org/ 
    All the MDPcast episodes: https://homelandsadvisory.com/podcast

    • 47 min
    Episode 46: Multi-stakeholder engagement in migration governance - reality from the ground

    Episode 46: Multi-stakeholder engagement in migration governance - reality from the ground

    Hello and welcome to another episode of the Migration & Diaspora Podcast, a show about all things migration. Today, I’m delighted to welcome Elana Wong from the Civil Society Action Committee (CSAC) to the show to talk about multi-stakeholder engagement in global migration governance.

    About Elana 

    Elana is a young advocate for migrant rights, and civil and whole-of-society representation, currently serving as part of the secretariat for the CSAC and Global Forum on Migration & Development (GFMD) Civil Society Mechanism, housed under the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC). She formerly served as Co-Director (2021-2023) and Asia-Pacific Regional Lead (2020) for the Migration Youth & Children Platform, where she led youth participation in multiple migration advocacy processes at the global and regional processes, including the 2020 Global Compact for Migration Asia-Pacific Regional Review, the 2021 GFMD, and the 2022 International Migration Review Forum, as well as for cross-cutting international policy forums for UNESCO, WHO, and United Cities and Local Governance (UCLG). Originally from Malaysia and Singapore, she currently resides in the UK.

    What we talk about


    Elana and CSAC's work to engage in global migration governance processes like the Global Compact for Migration (GCM).
    Perspectives on how the GCM, adopted in 2018, has gone thus far with respect to civil society engagement.
    How the GCM's commitments to multi-stakeholder engagement compare with the realities of its implementation.
    How to enable meaningful multi-stakeholder engagement in global migration governance.

    I’m so glad to have Elana on the show to update us on this topic after her colleague and legendary civil society activist, Colin Rajah, came on the podcast (Episode 16) a couple of years back to share some really valuable insights. I highly recommend you tune in to that one too.

    As always, thank you for listening and I hope you enjoy the show. 

    Links


    CSAC: https://csactioncommittee.org/ 
    Connect with Elana Wong: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elana-wong/
    MDPcast #16 with CSAC's Colin Rajah on the messy but beautiful world of civil society engagement: https://www.homelandsadvisory.com/podcast/episode/262a4909/episode-16-messy-but-beautiful-how-civil-society-engages-in-global-migration-governance


    IMRF 2022 Assessment Paper: https://csactioncommittee.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/IMRF-2022-ASSESSMENT-PAPER-Final-7.pdf




    GFMD Civil Society: https://gfmdcivilsociety.org/
    All the MDPcast episodes and show notes: https://homelandsadvisory.com/podcast

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