Intergenerational narratives of citizenship

A new publication on the Intergenerational narratives of citizenship among EU citizens in the UK after the Brexit referendum has been launched.

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


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?

Mutating faces of the state?

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


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.

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'

Jenny Phillimore

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'

Jenny Phillimore

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'.

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.