Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS)

Rethinking society in the age of migration and superdiversity

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    A centre of excellence for research and teaching in the fields of migration and superdiversity

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When refuge isn't safe

Findings from SEREDA call for changes to the Home Office’s asylum policy after uncovering the failures of the UK asylum system faced by refugee victims of sexual and gender-based violence.

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27 July 2018

Global Forum on Migration and Development

IRiS Deputy Director, Dr Nando Sigona presented at the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Thematic Workshop - Children and Youth on the Move: Implementing Sustainable Solutions, in partnership with UNICEF.

22 June 2018

Welcoming refugees in the UK

Director of IRiS Professor Jenny Phillimore in the Birmingham Brief: 'With the UK's Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme and Community Sponsorship Programme for refugees escaping conflicts in the Middle East, refugees have been resettled to many places in the UK that have very little experience of diversity, let alone refugees. What can these places do to welcome refugees?'

22 June 2018

Black history is still largely ignored, 70 years after Empire Windrush reached Britain

April-Louise Pennant and Dr Nando Sigona write for The Conversation.What is the legacy of the Empire Windrush for black Britishness today? The arrival of the Empire Windrush at Tilbury docks on June 22, 1948 marked a watershed moment in the recent history of immigration to Britain. The day before the ship arrived from the Caribbean, the Evening Standard sent an airplane to photograph the vessel as it approached Britain. The photo appeared on the front page under the headline: "Welcome to Britain! Evening Standard plane greets 400 sons of Empire." But the reception of the new arrivals was far from unequivocally positive.

05 June 2018

New Article by IRiS Deputy Director, Nando Sigona

Out now: "Navigating the Central Mediterranean in a Time of 'Crisis': Disentangling Migration Governance and Migrant Journeys", is an interesting new article by Nando Sigona and his MEDMIG colleague Simon McMahon in Sociology journal, 52(3).

24 May 2018

Is anthropology legal?*

The codes used to guide us are designed for data protection, marketing and social media – not anthropology. Dr Rachel Humphris writes om how the GDPR will force us to rethink how we go about our research.

19 April 2018

New Fulbright scholar at IRiS

Dr Lauren Heidbrinnk (California State University) successfully applied for a Fulbright award in the 2018-19 Fulbright-Schuman programme with the support of Dr Nando Sigona at IRiS.

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