23 episodes

Migration is a complex phenomenon – for individuals, it is a personal journey that can result in struggle or triumph depending on life circumstances; and for countries, it can be an economic driver, or a source of social tension or even conflict.
Host Maggie Perzyna, a researcher with the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration program at Toronto Metropolitan University, explores the complexity of migration with the help of leading academics and professionals working with migrants on the ground.
In Season 1, Borders & Belonging focused on debunking some of the biggest migration myths. In Season 2, Maggie continues her mission to shed light on voices and stories often overlooked, spotlighting regional issues and uncovering the global forces that shape them.
2023 Silver Signal Award Winner

Borders & Belonging CERC Migration

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    • 4.7 • 3 Ratings

Migration is a complex phenomenon – for individuals, it is a personal journey that can result in struggle or triumph depending on life circumstances; and for countries, it can be an economic driver, or a source of social tension or even conflict.
Host Maggie Perzyna, a researcher with the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration program at Toronto Metropolitan University, explores the complexity of migration with the help of leading academics and professionals working with migrants on the ground.
In Season 1, Borders & Belonging focused on debunking some of the biggest migration myths. In Season 2, Maggie continues her mission to shed light on voices and stories often overlooked, spotlighting regional issues and uncovering the global forces that shape them.
2023 Silver Signal Award Winner

    Statelessness: No country to call home

    Statelessness: No country to call home

    In the Season 2 finale, host Maggie Perzyna asks her guests: What does it mean to live without a nationality? This episode of Borders & Belonging will dive into the complexities behind statelessness, its causes and social realities, and the far-reaching effects it has on individuals and communities.Guests: Rintu Borah, PhD candidate at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay; Noora Lori, Associate Professor at the Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University; Allison Petrozziello,...

    • 45 min
    From oil to innovation: Changing economies in the Gulf

    From oil to innovation: Changing economies in the Gulf

    Did you know that the Middle East holds the world's highest ratio of migrants to its national population? From historical ties to the oil economy to the burgeoning knowledge-based economies of today, host Maggie Perzyna explores how evolving economic landscapes in the Gulf are reshaping migration dynamics.Guests: Deepak Unnikrishnan, Assistant Professor at NYU Abu Dhabi; Laure Assaf, Assistant Professor at NYU Abu Dhabi; Hélène Thiollet, Research Fellow at the French National Center for Scien...

    • 43 min
    Rising tides, sinking roots: Climate change, adaptation and mobility in Pacific Island nations

    Rising tides, sinking roots: Climate change, adaptation and mobility in Pacific Island nations

    Land is a critical component of Pacific Island societies, and the impact of climate change on these populations is a growing global concern. Host Maggie Perzyna, along with esteemed guest researchers and a community consultant from one of the world's lowest lying countries, seeks to understand the regional implications of climate change and the role the international community needs to play in supporting adaptation strategies. Guests: Robert Karoro, consultant from Kiribati; Tammy Tabe, Ocean...

    • 47 min
    The Migration Podcast: "Road families" en route to the Mexico-US border

    The Migration Podcast: "Road families" en route to the Mexico-US border

    Itzel Eguiluz speaks with Alejandra Díaz de León about how the journey of Central American migrants walking north, through Mexico, is about much more than just having practical strategies to survive the journey.Solidarity, trust and social bonds that are formed along the way, can also be valuable elements of the experience. We hear about what Alejandra calls “road families” and how during their journeys, migrants form communities around their common understanding and experiences of crossing M...

    • 19 min
    Is Japan turning into a migration state?

    Is Japan turning into a migration state?

    Despite its historical reputation for social, political, and legal closure and a certain reluctance towards admitting immigrants, Japan is taking steps towards a more inclusive national immigration policy. In this episode, host Maggie Perzyna and her guests explore the evolving role of Japan as a migration state, shedding light on innovative policies and their potential to bring about transformative changes in Japanese society.Guests: Nicholas A. R. Fraser, Senior Research Associate at CERC M...

    • 50 min
    The Arctic: Climate, resources and migration in times of change

    The Arctic: Climate, resources and migration in times of change

    While the Arctic has been home to Indigenous peoples for millennia, settlers in the past few centuries have been drawn to the region's remote wilderness, majestic landscapes and ample resources. More recently, global market forces and climate change are shaping migration to the Arctic in new and complex ways.Guests: Malini Sengupta, coordinator at the Yellowknife Immigration Partnership; Roger Norum, Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oulu; Timothy Heleniak, Senior Resear...

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

Justin, a listener ,

Love the show! It sparks a lot of ideas

I love this first episode. It gives me a lot of ideas about what I would love to hear next.

It would be great to listen to an episode with representatives from NGOs assisting migrants in distress at the border. Also, can we hear from people who run migrant shelters in Mexico? How about journalists and researchers focused on movement through the Darien Gap? Given the salience of Cuban and Haitian migration, can we hear some discussion of how these populations consider land or maritime migration?

Outside the Western Hemisphere, African experts could have a lot to say about when the Nigeria-Niger border was temporarily closed, or about the Kenya-Somalia border and how both sides navigate that space.

Anyway, I love the show. Looking forward to more episodes.

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