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Britain's immigration dilemma

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IRiS Director Professor Nando Sigona took part in BBC Radio 4's The Briefing Room on "Britain's immigration dilemma" hosted by award winning journalist David Aaranovitch.

Black Lives Matter: A movement or a moment?

By Nicholas Bailey (Birmingham Business School and Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business) and Professor Nando Sigona (School of Social Policy and Director of IRiS)

Tenacious hope: Forced migrant SGBV survivors

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World Refugee Week blog by Professor Hannah Bradby on having tenacious hope for a better world, especially for forced migrant Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) survivors.

My journey in Community Sponsorship

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My journey in Community Sponsorship - a blog written by Gabriella D'Avino, pioneer volunteer and researcher for the Community Sponsorship Scheme Evaluation.

Migrant sexual violence survivors face global COVID-19 threat

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Forced migrant survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) face increasingly serious problems – some life-threatening – as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and associated restrictions, a new study reveals.

Stay at Home, Save Lives

SEREDA Project Researcher, Hoayda Darkal, writes a blog on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) during the time of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Serendipity and the field

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Professor Jenny Phillimore reflects on the highlights of her ten years as Director of IRiS.

Brexit and EU Migrants in Scotland

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The Eurochildren Team launch research findings in Edinburgh, showcasing a new Scotland-focused report mapping the population of EU Nationals over four decades.

How are EU families coping with Brexit?

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How are EU families coping with Brexit? With Brexit looming, Professor Nando Sigona, IRiS Deputy Director, captures some of the difficult dilemmas faced by EU nationals in an article for The Conversation.

New Book: Undocumented Migration

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New book 'Undocumented Migration' authored by IRiS Deputy Director Professor Nando Sigona and colleagues is launched by Polity.

Putting gender on the agenda in the refugee "crisis"

Violence, insecurity, persecution, and human rights violations have led to the forced displacement of an estimated 68.5 million people. Of these, 25.4 million are refugees – the highest number ever recorded.

Putting gender on the agenda in the refugee "crisis"

Professor Jenny Phillimore writes: "Today, on International Women's Day, we have launched a series of working papers focusing on some of the key aspects of the gendered refugee experience."

International Women's Day

By Professor Hannah Bradby: There is much to celebrate since the first international women's day in 1911. But with women fleeing conflict and poverty being subject to regular sexual assault, there remains much to protest

IRiS at the Community Sponsorship Awards 2018

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IRiS staff, Jenny Phillimore, Rachel Humphris and associate, Gemma Hennessey, were invited to attend the Community Sponsorship awards ceremony at The Royal Society in London on Tuesday 2nd October 2018.

Mutating faces of the state?

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This new article, explores how austerity, welfare conditionality and the hostile environment combine to effect policy and practice towards new migrants.

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.

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?'

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.

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).

Is anthropology legal?*

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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.

New Fulbright scholar at IRiS

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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.

Windrush generation is not alone – children of EU-born citizens could be next

Dr Nando Sigona writes for The Conversation: When freedom of movement is revoked, legal migrants are suddenly asked to prove they have the right to reside. Theresa May, the UK prime minister, and Amber Rudd, home secretary, have both apologised for the distress caused by the treatment of the so-called "Windrush generation", in the face of mounting pressure from MPs and the wider public.

Leaving the EU: the Impact on Human Rights

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IRiS Deputy Director, Dr Nando Sigona, has been invited to give his expert insight on the potential impact of Brexit on family life for a panel discussion chaired by Jean Lambert, Green Party MEP.

The Tragedy of Brexit: Pro-European Mobilisation After the Referendum

A new blog post from the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) discusses pro-EU mobilisation, and a study to understand the changing expectations and identities of those who feel personally affected by the decision to leave the EU, who feel misrepresented and excluded from popular constructions of the "British people".

The quest for home of European Somali families in Britain

Researcher Ozlem Young examines the impact of Brexit on Somalian Muslim families in the UK, who fled their war-torn homeland in the 1990s for safety in other European countries, subsequently settling in Britain. This is part of the Eurochildren research project led by the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) here at the University of Birmingham.

New study explores national identity and political engagement of EU citizens in the UK at the referendum

In the 2016 referendum on the EU, EU citizens living in the UK were not eligible to vote – irrespective of how long they had spent in the UK. A new study by the Institute of Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) investigates how this group experienced the referendum campaign, and how this affected perceptions of political integration, feelings of membership and national identity.

Simulating superdiversity

All are welcome at this simulation to illustrate how the complex patterns of cultural and genetic signals might combine to define what we mean by "groups" of people is presented.

Birmingham Heroes: Migration and Displacement

The University of Birmingham is at the forefront of research into migration and displacement. The Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) is the first institute in the UK and one of the first globally, to focus on migration, displacement and superdiversity.

Redefining integration

All are invited to an event, jointly hosted by the Institute for Research into Superdiversity and the Runnymede Trust on 'Redefining integration'.

Ten towns - Birmingham: Unity in Diversity

CommonGround are hosting a public discussion in partnership with the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) at the University of Birmingham on Wednesday 7 December, 2016 from 17.30 - 19.30, Room 714/5, Muirhead Tower - all welcome.

What next for the Calais refugees?

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IRiS's Nando Sigona speaks to BBC World Service Newshour on the Calais jungle and what next for its residents: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04c4wy8 from 47'30''.

Child refugees in Calais

Nando Sigona from the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) spoke to Adrian Goldberg on Radio WM, to talk about the child refugees in Calais.

Unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) in the UK

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IRiS and MEENA, an organisation that runs the Unofficial Women and Children's Centre in 'The Jungle', Calais are running a Masterclass to share knowledge and experience of resettling Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children in the UK on 7 November.

New book series on global migration and social change

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We are delighted to announce the launch of a new book series on global migration and social change edited by Dr Nando Sigona of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity at the University of Birmingham and Dr Alan Gamlen of the Hugo Center for Migration and Population Research at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

New publications from IRiS

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Two new publications by Nando Sigona from the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS).

Exploring the migrant journey

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Read the article on the work of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) featured in 'Old Joe magazine'.

IRiS Practitioner Research Programme (PRP)

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The Institute for Research into Superdiversity are holding an information event where you can hear more about this year's Practitioner Research Programme (PRP).

UN Summit to hear new research on Mediterranean boat migration

Participants at the 'UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants' will this week hear the findings of a ground-breaking research project, which identifies why refugees and migrants left their home countries to make the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean

Who will pick our strawberries now? The Brexit impact

Following the momentous decision announced on the 24 of June 2016 that Britain intended to exit the EU, the issue of 'lost labour' for the farming sector quickly emerged. Soft fruit growers were one of the first to speak out. The sector is worth around £1.2billion a year in the UK, but the harvesting of strawberries, blueberries and raspberriesis heavily reliant on migrant labour.

On superdiversity in a 'crisis mood'

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Deputy Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS), Nando Sigona, was recently interviewed by Rosemary Bechler, Editor for 'Open Democracy'.

Integration and the European Migration 'Crisis'

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Professor Jenny Phillimore, Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS), writes for Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs on 'Integration and the European Migration 'Crisis'.

Integration and the European Migration 'Crisis'

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Professor Jenny Phillimore, Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS), writes for Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs on 'Integration and the European Migration 'Crisis'.

Integration and the European refugee 'crisis'

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IRiS's Jenny Phillimore asks the question in her latest Blog 'Where is integration in the refugee crisis?', which was published recently for Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

Celebrating South Asian Music in the West Midlands

University of Birmingham researcher and AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellow Dr David Kerr presents an evening exploring the South Asian musical heritage of the West Midlands, in collaboration with Sampad Arts.

BBC Four World at One

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IRiS research Dr Nando Sigona interviewd by BBC World at One about the situation of lone refugee children in the EU.

El Pais Report on MEDMIG

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El Pais, the highest-circulation daily newspaper in Spain, reports on ESRC & DFID funded research being carried out by Dr Nando Sigona with colleagues at the Universities of Coventry and Oxford.

EU asylum rules and checks

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IRiS's Nando Sigona is cited in two recent articles in the Guardian newspaper.

Beyond Borders: How would a Brexit impact UK immigration?

As part of the University of Birmingham's programme of events in the run up to the EU Referendum on 23 June, the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) is hosting a panel debate to assess the likely impact of both a 'leave' and 'remain' outcome on immigration.

IRiS at the BSA Conference

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Nando Sigona is a plenary speaker for the Race, Ethnicity and Migration Stream at the British Sociological Association annual conference at Aston University from 6-8 April, 2016.

Why Britain isn't Belgium

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Following the series of explosions at Brussels' Zavantem airport and a further explosion at the Maalbeek metro station yesterday, Social Policy's Chris Allen comments on events in Belgium in articles in the Huffington Post and the Toronto Star.

Lost in the World: Former unaccompanied minors in orbit

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Young people seeking safety and security are subjected to the vagaries of all kinds of 'solutions at various national borders' - Nando Sigona and Elaine Chase (UCL) write in 'The Conversation'.

Sociology in and of Birmingham: Studying and celebrating diversity

This open public event chaired by Lynn Jamieson, the President of the British Sociological Association on the eve of their annual conference, which is taking place in Birmingham. All with an interest in Birmingham are welcome and invited to participate in discussion, from those who have never heard of sociology to long-term sociologists.

France 24 - The Debate

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Nando Sigona from the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS), was interviewed recently by France 24 on the situation in Calais.

Nando Sigona interviewed by SciDevNet on the impact of the Danish migration law

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SciDevNet, the world's leading source of reliable and authoritative news, views and analysis on information about science and technology for global development, interviews Dr Nando Sigona on the impact of the Danish Law on stripping asylum seekers of financial assets to contribute towards the cost of the asylum system.

Denmark migration law: A sign of things to come?

IRiS academic, Nando Sigona, was recently interviewed for Al Jazeera's 'Inside Story' to talk about Denmark's adoption of a law that enables seizure of asylum seeker assets.

Call for Papers for New Researchers' Session

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The Call for Papers for New Researchers' Session (NRS) organised by the Doctoral Research Diversity Network (DRDN) is now open. The deadline is 31 March 2016.

Birmingham Brief: Looking ahead to 2016 - 5 key viewpoints

In the first Birmingham Brief of 2016, the University asked 5 of their academics to give their thoughts on what we might expect from the year ahead. Two academics from the School of Social Policy - Professor Judith Smith and Dr Nando Sigona - gave their views.

Europe's housing shortage to exacerbate refugee crisis

In a recent interview by ResearchGate, Alice Pittini, Research Coordinator for Housing Europe, and Jenny Phillimore, Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (University of Birmingham), were brought together to discuss the future of housing for refugees, asylum seekers, and the general population.

Jenny Phillimore gives inaugural lecture at Academy of Social Sciences

Professor Jenny Phillimore, Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) and Professor of Migration and Superdiversity, gave a talk at the inauguration of the Academy of Social Sciences Housewarming at the University of Liverpool in London.

Seeing double? The EU miscounts migrants arriving at its borders

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The French daily newspaper Libération has republished Nando Sigona's The Conversation article where he unveils how FRONTEX miscounts migrants and refugees crossing its external borders and why numbers matter in the refugee crisis.

Where is integration in the refugee crisis?

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Professor Jenny Phillimore, Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS), asks where integration fits in the current migrant 'crisis' and outlines some suggestions about how refugee reception, orientation and eventual social mobility can be supported in this latest Blog published recently on the LSE website.

Academy Housewarming - Integration in an era of superdiversity

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Professor Jenny Phillimore, Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) and Professor of Migration and Superdiversity at the University of Birmingham, will give a talk at the inauguration of the Academy's new offices at 33 Finsbury Square on Wednesday, November 4.

Jenny Phillimore gives radio interview in Melbourne

On a recent visit to Melbourne, Australia, Professor Jenny Phillimore was a guest on the radio show 'Up Close' on the subject of 'Superdiversity: Policy challenges in an age of unprecedented migration'.

Time to rethink integration

Over 70 International scholars and practitioners met at the University of Birmingham on 2nd July for the IRiS SAST conference 'Rethinking integration'.

Watch Jenny Phillimore's inaugural lecture

Jenny Phillimore, Professor of Migration and Superdiversity and Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS), gave her inaugural lecture in September, 'Integration for who? Getting on in an era of superdiversity'.

Delivering maternity services in an era of superdiversity

This new article released online for the Journal of Ethnic and Migration studies uses maternity services as a vehicle for exploring the experiences of new migrants and the barriers they encounter when seeking to engage with welfare services in superdiverse neighbourhoods. The article highlights widespread concerns in terms of equality of access and outcomes which are likely to extend beyond maternity services to other forms of welfare and are particularly worrying in relation to asylum seekers, failed asylum seekers and family/spousal migrants.

Work on community languages

Work by IRiS academic, Professor Angela Creese, on community languages has been featured in various ways recently.

IRiS academic on Radio Five Live

Dr Nando Sigona from the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS), was interviewed on Question Time Extra Time on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Hearing the voices of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

Just published is a new book entitled 'Hearing the voices of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities: Inclusive Community Development', published by Policy Press and co-edited by TSRC Honorary Research Fellow, Andrew Ryder

IRiS event: Education, ethnicity and gender: Biographies of Roma and Sinti women in Germany

All are welcome at this presentation from Julie Reimer of the University of Bamberg, Germany, of an ongoing research project (in the context of a doctoral dissertation) that brings into focus that especially Roma and Sinti women are confronted with various levels of discrimination as they belong to a certain ethnicity and are female.

Watch and listen: Translating cultures

IRiS academics take part in new film from The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) which shines a light on the AHRC's Translating Cultures theme.

Grassroots civil society at crossroads

A new paper co-written by Jenny Phillimore with IRiS and TSRC colleagues, explores how very small scale 'grassroots', that is self-organised civil society action, including that undertaken by minority and new migrant groups, contributes to society at local level.

Re-thinking camps as social and political spaces

Dr Nando Sigona's new article published by the international peer reviewed journal Citizenship Studies draws on his ethnography of camps in Italy for forcibly displaced Roma to argue for a more nuanced understanding of camps and camp-like institutions as spaces of sociality and politics.

Whose sea? Mare nostrum and the politics of migration in the Med

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On the eve of Italy's EU presidency, IRiS academic Dr Sigona discusses the politics underpinning current responses to the migration crisis in the Med and how new wave of nationalism could scupper Italy's bid for EU-wide response to migrant boats.

Practising integration in the EU

This paper in the IRiS Working Paper series, reviews integration practices undertaken by civil society and local institutions across European Member States that have been identified as 'good practice' examples.

Superdiversity: A new reality with new challenges

Professor Jenny Phillimore, Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS), presented 'Superdiversity: A new reality with new challenges', at Social Work in a Changing World, at the University of Sheffield on 17 June 2014.

IRiS research video: Dr Ricky Joseph

In the latest addition to the IRiS research videos, Dr Ricky Joseph talks about the Doctoral Research Diversity Network (DRDN)

Latest articles from IRiS research fellow

Two new articles by Aleksandra Grzymala-Kazlowska, Marie Curie Research Fellow based in the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS), have been published recently by SAGE.

Irregular migrant crossings in the Mediterranean

Dr Nando Sigona from the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS), was interviewed recently by Jon Sopel on the BBC World's Global on Melilla, Lampedusa and Fortress Europe.

Spain's Moroccan enclaves

Dr Nando Sigona, from the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) was interviewed on recent migrants' irregular crossings in Spain's Moroccan enclaves on ITN's YouTube channel 'Truthloader'.

Another killing in British detention: Who was Alois Dvorzac?

Dr Nando Sigona, Birmingham Fellow at the Institute for Research into Superdiversity, University of Birmingham,, contributes to 'Open Democracy' in an article entitled 'Another killing in British detention: Who was Alois Dvorzac?'

Why are we only visible on St Patrick's Day?

St Patricks Day is celebrated by Irish and non-Irish communities across Britain with a confidence and inclusiveness that was unimaginable decades ago.

The future of diversity research

IRiS academic, Dr Nando Sigona, reports on 'The Future of Diversity Research' roundtable held at the University of Birmingham.

Housing, race, community and conflict 50 years on

The Housing and Communities Research Network will be holding their 7th Seminar on Tuesday 25 February 2014 from 16.15 until 17.30 pm in Room 710, Muirhead Tower. Dr Ricky Joseph and Professor Alan Murie will be the main speakers at this event entitled 'Housing, race, community and conflict 50 years on'.

Ethnography, diversity and urban space

Dr Nando Sigona's article on 'Ethnography, diversity and urban space' included in Taylor & Francis' top 25 most read race & ethnicity articles of 2013

Latest research videos from IRiS

Watch the latest videos of researchers from across the University talking about their particular areas of research and how this fits in with the work of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS).

IRiS Seminar Series

All are welcome to these seminars which will be followed by light refreshments. No need to register, just turn up!

IRiS academic on 'Moral Maze'

IRiS academic Nando Sigona appears on Radio 4's 'Moral Maze' to answer the question 'What is our moral responsibility to economic migrants?'

Lampedusa refugee crisis

IRiS academic Nando Sigona writes in 'The Conversation' in an article entitled 'Italy ignores real cause of Lampedusa refugee tragedy'.

Call for Papers: Superdiversity: theory, method and practice in an era of change

Call for Papers - IRiS International Conference 2014: Superdiversity: theory, method and practice in an era of change. Academics from a broad range of disciplines, policy makers and practitioners are welcome to submit innovative papers, panel proposals or posters on any aspect related to superdiversity.