Author Archives: Ida Persson

The floating label of ‘the migrant’

By: Bastian Vollmer, Leverhulme Research Fellow This blog was first posted in the series “Migration and Citizenship”, a collaboration with Politics in Spires, on October 23 2014.  “Hang on they are not tourists”, a UK citizen said to his wife … Continue reading

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“It’s not just about the individual story”: Performing migrant experiences

By: Ida Persson, Research and Communications Officer When trying to have an “impact” in a research context it is often assumed that academics need to reach out to influential groups such as policy makers, politicians and civil society organisations. On … Continue reading

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‘It is easy to come here but difficult to leave’: The ‘point of no return’ in migration trajectories

By: Franck Düvell, Associate Professor and Senior Researcher I was told this by a taxi driver from Macedonia now living in the UK[1]. I had just called a taxi for a 20 minute ride to the other end of town and … Continue reading

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Understanding foreign fighters: COMPAS November Breakfast Briefing

By: Ben Gidley, Associate Professor and Senior Researcher This summer, it emerged that a young woman brought up near where I live in Lewisham, South London, had travelled to Syria to join ISIS. I spent some time reading her Twitter interactions … Continue reading

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Schooling, mobility and belonging

By: Mette Louise Berg, Departmental Lecturer, Anthropology of Migration Formal education and schooling have been central tenets in the quest for modernity across post-colonial societies in the twentieth century. Schools have been seen as vehicles for producing modern, national subjects. Yet … Continue reading

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