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Tue, 25 Jun

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Room 712, Building 19, Waseda University

The politics of migration of ‘Global Britain’

What is the relationship between Brexit and the alternative ideological project put forward of a ‘Global Britain’, and the politics of migration and migration governance in post-Brexit Britain?

The politics of migration of ‘Global Britain’
The politics of migration of ‘Global Britain’

Date and Venue

25 Jun 2024, 17:00 GMT+9

Room 712, Building 19, Waseda University, Japan, 〒169-0051 Tokyo, Shinjuku City, Nishiwaseda, 1-chōme−21−1 早稲田大学 西早稲田ビルディング

About the Event

Speaker:

Prof. Nando Sigona (University of Birmingham, UK)

Nando Sigona is professor of International Migration and Forced Displacement and director of the Institute for Research into International Migration and Superdiversity at the University of Birmingham, UK. Nando is a founding editor of the peer reviewed journal Migration Studies (Oxford University Press) and lead editor for Global Migration and Social Change book series by Bristol University Press.

His work has appeared in a range of international academic journals, including Sociology, Critical Social Policy, Social Anthropology, Antipode, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Identities, Citizenship Studies, International Migration Review and Ethnic and Racial Studies. He is author or editor of books and journal’s special issues including Becoming Adult on the Move (with Chase and Chatty, 2023), The Oxford Handbook of Superdiversity (with Meisnner and Vertovec, 2022) Undocumented Migration (with Gonzales, Franco and Papoutsi, 2019); Unravelling Europe’s ‘migration crisis’ (with Crawley, Duvell, Jones, and McMahon, 2017), Within and beyond citizenship (with Roberto G. Gonzales, 2017), The Oxford Handbook on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (with Fiddian Qasmiyeh, Loescher and Long, 2014), and Sans Papiers. The social and economic lives of undocumented migrants (with Bloch and Zetter, 2014).

Abstract:

What is the relationship between Brexit and the alternative ideological project put forward of a ‘Global Britain’, and the politics of migration and migration governance in post-Brexit Britain? In the wake of Brexit, the migration regime has become increasingly fragmented, complex and contradictory. Through a set of examples—the bespoke humanitarian visas offered to the people of Hong Kong and Ukraine; bilateral mobility agreements within post-Brexit trade deals; deportations and detentions— the talk draws attention to how the UK seeks to pick and choose who comes to the UK and on what terms, as well as who is forcibly removed from the UK, while also highlighting the nexus between these shifts in the migration regime and the new geopolitical ambitions and obstacles the country is facing in its post-Brexit era.

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