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April 2020

MPC Webinar: “Rethinking Migrants’ Skills and Labour Immigration Policies”

Wednesday 8 April at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Online webinar

From ‘low-skilled’ migrants to ‘key workers’: Rethinking migrants’ skills and labour immigration policies Abstract A key question in labour immigration policy is how to select migrant workers for admission. Most high-income countries distinguish between low – and higher-skilled migrants: high-skilled migrants typically face fewer admission requirements and are given greater rights in the labour market and welfare state than low-skilled migrants. This distinction stems from the common assessment that higher-skilled migrants are more ‘beneficial’ and ‘valuable’ to the domestic economy…

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Covid-19 and Queer Asylum

Wednesday 29 April at 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Online symposium

COVID-19 and Queer Asylum is a virtual symposium featuring NGO representatives and lawyers working on queer asylum, LGBTQI+ activists and LGBTQI+ persons seeking asylum/refugees from Germany. The Symposium consists of three panels followed by a counseling forum lead by lawyers and LGBTQI+ asylum practitioners that allows for a Q&A around COVID-19 and LGBTQI+ asylum. This symposium is intended to provide a platform for discussing the manner in which such pandemic and its political responses affects a set of people who…

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May 2020

‘Midnight Traveller’ (Fazili 2019) – Virtual film night fundraising event

Saturday 16 May at 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Filmed entirely on his smartphone, 'Midnight Traveller' (2019) documents Hassan Fazili's flight from Afghanistan with his wife and daughters after the Taliban put a price on his head. This highly personal account follows the family's brutal, three-year overland trek to Europe, showing first-hand the dangers refugees face on their gruelling journeys to find asylum. Hassan will join the virtual event once the film has finished to talk more about his experiences and those of other refugees. The film will be…

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June 2020

‘A member of the family?’ An online workshop with Anna Boucher on the exploitation of migrant domestic labour

Tuesday 2 June at 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Both structural and demographic characteristics can influence the exploitation of workers. Gender is one such characteristic. In this virtual workshop, Anna Boucher will present a paper analysing the role of gender in migrant worker employment violations and why female migrants may experience worse conditions than male migrants. Her presentation will be followed by comments from Tonia Novitz, Professor of Labour Law at the University of Bristol, before the discussion is opened up to the audience. Anna's paper outlines a key…

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Performing (non)belonging and post-Brexit imaginaries

Tuesday 9 June at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Royal Fort House,
University of Bristol
Bristol, BS8 1UH United Kingdom
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Recordings of the performance, discussions and final debate along with links to the intervention papers and collaborative poem can all be seen here.   The Migrant Dramaturgies Network is bringing together first-generation migrant theatre and performance makers based in Bristol and the South West for a one-day ideas’ exchange to meet, discuss and share perspectives on artistic and creative practices informed by migration to the UK. It will explore new ways of performing migration and forge exciting new collaborations. This participatory event will feature…

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MMB/PARC networking meeting

Wednesday 17 June at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

MMB and PARC (Perivoli Africa Research Centre) are holding an online meeting to start mapping out existing research at UoB relating to migration issues from, to and within Africa. We are also interested to explore any potential for setting up future initiatives together. The meeting will start with quick introductions from Directors Professor Bridget Anderson (MMB) and Professor Isabella Aboderin (PARC). This is an event for UoB staff so if you think it might be relevant to your work we…

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Work in Progress Online: Creativity and Policy

Wednesday 24 June at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Join the Brigstow Institute for a work-in-progress conversation with two of its current co-produced projects, led by MMB members: 'Kept apart: making prose-poetry with people separated from families by the immigration system' and 'Scrutinising the immigration system through collaborative filmmaking with refugees and asylum seekers'. The online event will include brief work-in-progress presentations and an opportunity for questions and conversation from the audience. These interdisciplinary projects adopt different creative approaches to explore immigration policies from the perspectives of those directly…

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Our Families and Other Migrants: Looking to the Future

Monday 29 June at 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Online webinar

A recording of this event is now available to view here.   COVID-19 has highlighted the worst of the UK immigration system. MMB invites four experts to reenvision a better, fairer system for the future. The fallout from the global pandemic has brought into sharp relief the UK’s reliance on low-paid – some say unskilled – migrant workers. But Prime Minister Boris Johnson is pressing ahead with his plan to introduce a points-based system in January 2021. Points will be…

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July 2020

Migrant Farmworkers and Resistance: Before, During and After COVID-19

Friday 3 July at 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

COVID-19 has laid bare many of the problems with the global food system. Even in ordinary times, migrant farmworkers live and work in overcrowded and dangerous conditions. COVID-19 has ravaged many farmworker communities. Even as states closed their borders to halt the spread of the virus, they found ways to allow farmworkers to migrate. In circumstances where undocumented workers were promised regularization, the measures introduced have been inadequate. This webinar brings together farmworker advocates who have been organising and working…

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This is Who I Am: An Online Performance of LGBTQI+ Asylum Testimonies

Monday 13 July at 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

What are the challenges facing LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum in the UK? Join us for a virtual reading of their first-hand accounts. 'They separated us. We tried to say no, we applied for asylum as a couple. They say we don’t have any civil evidence that we are a couple. And we’re like, “How can we show you any civil evidence if homosexuality is forbidden in my country?"' LGBTQI+ asylum seeker, UK 'This Is Who I Am' is presented by…

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