The directors of the Migration Working Group – North West – Dr Zana Vathi and Dr Ruxandra Trandafoiu – will be affiliated with the Institute for Social Responsibility (ISR) for 1 year, starting on the 1st of June 2020. A 0.4 secondment for 12 months, the role will focus on the generation of externally funded, inter-disciplinary projects, bringing together EHU academics and/or external partners to address major ongoing social issues in the UK and beyond.
EU nationals’ belongingness and mobilisation in the Post-Brexit Era: Implications for Policy and Advocacy
Much has been talked about and a lot of advocacy has been built on the impact of Brexit on EU citizens in terms of their emotional response and risk of losing their rights in the UK. This event, held in Liverpool on 1st November 2019, showcased the findings of the project ‘EU Migrants of the North West: Continuation and Disruptions in the post-Brexit Era’ led by Dr Zana Vathi (MWG-NW, EHU) whose findings demonstrate that EU citizens are not passive receivers of Brexit, but react in emotional and rational ways, including through political mobilization.
On Wednesday 28th August 2019, Samantha Carney (Edge Hill University) participated in the Royal Geographical Society’s annual international conference. Held in London at RGS’ base and across several sites at Imperial College London, the 4-day event brought together academics, educators and practitioners around the theme of ‘Geographies of trouble/Geographies of hope’.
The Migration Working Group – North West (MWG-NW) has been awarded seed funding by IMISCOE for a new research network on return migration. Entitled ‘Revisiting Return Migration in Shifting Geopolitics’, the RET-MIG network is based on the observation that the symbolic and the instrumental positioning of return migration within public discourse and migration agendas is changing.
On the 22nd of February 2019 Migration Working Group – North West celebrated its first anniversary with an annual event, Academics – Meet – Practitioners. The event brought together academics, practitioners, asylum seekers and refugees from Liverpool and Glasgow to showcase ongoing PhD research, celebrate best practice and explore ways of working together in the future.
Brexit Outreach: The MWG-NW directors disseminate research findings on the impact of Brexit on EU citizens in the North West
As Brexit debates reach crucial stages, the two MWG-NW directors are fully engaged in disseminating the preliminary findings of their Brexit-focused study ‘EU Migrants in the North West: Continuation and Disruptions in the post-Brexit Era’. The project focuses on the impact that the referendum and the developments in its aftermath are having on the lives of EU nationals living in Liverpool and Southport. Preliminary findings are speaking about various forms of vulnerabilities as well we strong geo-political positionality of EU citizens following Brexit, which has had an impact on their imaginaries as well as political engagement and mobilisation.
On the 6th of February Dr Zana Vathi was invited to give a talk as part of the monthly meetings of WorldWide Wednesdays, alongside other migration stakeholders in the region. The event aimed to increase awareness on migrants and refugees in by drawing on Liverpool’s long history of (im)migration. It was also focused on collecting donations for a local charity – Warm Welcome – that works to welcome refugees and improve their initial experience in the local communities where they settle
On 21st February 2019, Merseyside Skeptics Society organized a ‘Brexit Night’, which featured members of the Migration Working Group – North West. Ruxandra Trandafoiu (EHU Media) was invited to give a talk about ‘EU Migrants of the North West: Continuations and Disruptions in the Post-Brexit Era’, a project conceived and led by Dr Zana Vathi (EHU Social Sciences).
Niroshan Ramachandran participated in the NCCR On the Move – Neuchatel Graduate Conference of Migration and Mobility Studies on 13th and 14th September 2018 in Neuchatel, Switzerland. The NCCR – On the Move is the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) for migration and mobility studies managed by the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland.
Dr Zana Vathi was invited to give a talk on return migration for a workshop organised in Skopje on the 4th of April 2018, which aimed at informing a Strategy for Reintegration in FYROM, organised by the European Policy Institute.
Migration Working Group events
Dr Tasleem Shakur: Who are the New Boat People?
1st June 2018 at 6pm
The Arts Centre
Co-ordinated by Dr Tasleem Shakur, this evening of panel discussions and performances culminating in a screening of a Rohingya documentary will raise awareness of this ongoing crisis.
10th February – 18th March 2018
The Williamson Art Gallery
Dragons of the Pool was a Heritage Lottery Funded multimedia exhibition at The Williamson Art Gallery in Birkenhead.
25th April 2018
Policy, Protest and Immigration in France: The Ten Year Residency Permit of 1984 – A Victory for the March for Equality
Edge Hill University events