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The Migrant Crisis Podcast
39 minutes | Oct 15, 2017
The advantages of mobility
Welcome to the Migrant Crisis Podcast, a podcast about migrants and crises. To begin the show, we look at some of the context shaping the appalling treatment of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar and neighbouring countries. South Asia Director of Human Rights Watch, Meenakshi Ganguly (@mg2411) tells Mike Meehall Wood about why these terrible things are happening. Then, resident policy wonk Sophie Pornschlegel speaks with Thomas Huddleston from the Migration Policy Group (@migpolgroup) about the hard work that goes into migrant integration. It's a two-way street. And finally, Mike checks in on the complicated migrant politics in Montreal with Mostafa Henaway, activist and organizer at the Immigrant Workers Centre. Contact us at: email@example.com or @migrantpodcast Sophie's on @spornschlegel, Frey's on @FreyLindsayMCP and Mike's lurking over @MikeMeehallWood The Migrant Crisis Podcast will be back soon. #refugeeswelcome
36 minutes | Sep 21, 2017
German Election Special
On this special episode of the Migrant Crisis Podcast, regulars Mike Meehall Wood, Sophie Pornschlegel and a special guest, political journalist extraordinaire Jon Worth discuss the upcoming elections in Germany; where the parties stand on immigration, the political dowsing of Angela Merkel, a potential "Jamaican" coalition and the general prick-ness of the AFD. Breathe a big sigh of relief, it's almost over.
45 minutes | Aug 15, 2017
So it's come to this: a clip show.
Welcome to the Migrant Crisis Podcast, produced by Frey Lindsay, Sophie Pornschlegel and Mike Meehall Wood. This episode is a clip show, as we feel we've done enough original shows to earn it and also Mike has to move flat. We're looking back over the last few years of the migrant crisis, through the eyes of refugees themselves as well as health professionals and volunteers. We'll hear journeys across the sea, struggles to adapt to a new land and the near-impossibility of asking for help. We'll also hear the joys of exploring a new environment and the pleasant surprises therein, the use of art and writing to move through adversity and the pure resilience of those who leave their homes for a new life.
37 minutes | Aug 15, 2017
June 19th: Blowback
Welcome to the Migrant Crisis Podcast, our second election and terrorism episode in a row. This time round, Northern Ireland correspondent Mike Meehall Wood explains to us the Democratic Unionist Party and why the English Tories have made an alliance with them. After that we speak to Muddassar Ahmed, an interfaith organiser and communications expert, about how terrorism shapes and damages the lives of Britain's substantial Muslim community. *Please note, these conversations were recorded before the attack at Finsbury Park mosque and before the full horrific extent of the Grenfell fire was clear to us. Read Muddassar's op-ed on the Finsbury Park Attack here: http://www.newsweek.com/finsbury-park-mosque-attack-medias-islamophobia-addiction-will-only-lead-more-627255
31 minutes | Aug 15, 2017
June 5th: UK Election Special
Welcome to the Migrant Crisis Podcast, this week reporting live on the frontlines of the UK General Election, pre-recorded from a room in East Berlin. On this episode, Mike Meehall Wood and Sophie Pornschlegel look at the terror attacks in England: how we react to and view terrorists in our midst. Then, they'll be comparing the migration policies of the Conservatives, Labour Party and Liberal Democrats. Mike will question why we've included the Lib Dems on that list, and Sophie will vigorously defend them. If you're listening to this before June 8th, go vote. If you're listening to this after June 8th, I hope you voted. Next episode we'll be in a new world that looks much the same, and we'll be returning to our normal programming.
36 minutes | Aug 6, 2017
May 15th: Play the game.
On this episode, Mike Meehall Wood travels to the border between Serbia and Hungary to see up close the flow of migration from one direction and the violence from the other. While there, he speaks with Dan Song of the volunteer group Fresh Response in Subotica, Serbia, on the horrific treatment meted out by Hungarian border guards towards refugees trying to cross, or "playing the game". Mike also speaks with Mark Kekesi, spokesperson for the Migrant Solidarity Group of Szeged, Hungary. Mark explains the motivations and methods of the one man having the largest impact on refugees' lives in the region: Viktor Orban. This episode was made possible by TransferGo, a quick and easy way to send money across borders. www.transfergo.com/en Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or @migrantpodcast The Migrant Crisis Podcast will be back in less than two weeks.
33 minutes | Apr 26, 2017
April 24th: Bonne chance.
Welcome to the Migrant Crisis Podcast, a show for people who want to learn more about the causes and effects of migration. On this episode: -Frey Lindsay and Sophie Pornschlegel discuss the French elections and which candidate is the least worst on refugees and migration policy. - Tara Sepehri Far, an Iranian researcher for Human Rights Watch living in the US, describes the social and political effect of President Trump's immigration ban on Iranians in both countries. - Sophie and Mike Meehall Wood speak with German sociologist Armin Nassehi about how we think about migration and how cultures can recognise and engage with each other. This episode was made possible by TransferGo, a quick and easy way to send money across borders. www.transfergo.com/en Contact us at: email@example.com or @migrantpodcast The Migrant Crisis Podcast will be back in two weeks.
35 minutes | Apr 10, 2017
April 10th: The protracted nature of crisis.
Welcome to the Migrant Crisis Podcast, a show that tries to look deeper into the causes and effects of migration without being too dull. To that end, this is the second of a two-part series looking at: the worsening famine in South Sudan, the massive phenomenon of internally displaced people across the world and the effect of the Turkey-EU deal one year on. If you want to hear us discussing the background and context of these issues, go back one episode in the podcast feed to the episode entitled "Famine is a catalyst for war." On this episode, we are diving deeper into the realities of each issue, with the following people: -John Nott, specialist in the history of Food economics at Leeds University - Alexandra Bilak, the director of the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) in Geneva - Sacha Myers, communications manager for Save the Children on the Greek Islands, whose report details the life for children left stranded by the deal with Turkey. This episode was made possible by TransferGo, a quick and easy way to send money across borders. www.transfergo.com/en Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or @migrantpodcast The Migrant Crisis Podcast will be back in two weeks. www.migrantpodcast.comwww.patreon.com/migrantpodcast
33 minutes | Mar 30, 2017
March 27th: Famine is a catalyst for war. War is a catalyst for famine.
Welcome to the Migrant Crisis Podcast, a podcast about the Migrant Crisis, with Sophie Pornschlegel, Mike Meehall Wood and Frey Lindsay. On this episode, we're forgoing the noise of Trump, Tories and Brexit and focussing instead on some less-exposed corners of the refugee crisis. This episode is part one of two: today we're talking about the historical and political backgrounds of; the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan; the monolithic and confusing phenomenon of Internally Displaced People which dwarfs the refugee crisis; and finally the 1-year anniversary of the Turkey/EU deal. Next episode we'll be following up these three topics with a look into the lived reality and effect of each. Some Further Reading - South Sudan Crisis: A Primer (Oxfam) - Africa's silent internal displacement crisis (CNN) - The Turkey EU/Deal: One year on (Deutsche Welle) This episode was made possible by TransferGo, a quick and easy way to send money across borders. www.transfergo.com/en Contact us at: email@example.com or @migrantpodcast The Migrant Crisis Podcast will be back in two weeks. www.migrantpodcast.com www.patreon.com/migrantpodcast
31 minutes | Mar 13, 2017
March 13th: Leveraging fear.
Welcome to the Migrant Crisis Podcast, a show normally hosted by three people, today hosted by one. This episode is brought to you by Transfergo. On this episode, Frey Lindsay speaks to Lord Alfred Dubs about the halt of the Dubs amendment (which tried to bring unaccompanied child refugees into the UK, don't forget), and the paltry excuses given. Then, New York Times Magazine staff writer and Slate Political Gabfest host Emily Bazelon joins us to discuss the revised Trump travel ban, and how the courts are going to receive it. And finally, we'll hear from journalist Lili Bayer and Lydia Gall of Human Rights Watch on the unprecedented passing of a bill in Hungarian parliament that allows the government to intern all refugees in camps along the border. Even for Hungary, that's a big move. Donate some money or time to Help Refugees support children who have been abandoned by the UK government; http://www.helprefugees.org.uk/how-to-help/ Read Lili Bayer's latest Politico piece on Hungary; http://www.politico.eu/article/hungary-approves-mandatory-detention-of-all-asylum-seekers/ And learn more about Hungary and refugees over at Human Rights Watch; https://www.hrw.org/europe/central-asia/hungary Check out Emily Bazelon's the Slate Political Gabfest (it's Frey's favourite show); http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/gabfest.html www.transfergo.com/en Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or @migrantpodcast The Migrant Crisis Podcast will be back in two weeks. www.migrantpodcast.com www.patreon.com/migrantpodcast
48 minutes | Feb 28, 2017
February 28th: Glad to know you're, you know, alive.
Welcome to the Migrant Crisis Podcast, with Sophie Pornschlegel, Mike Meehall Wood, and Frey Lindsay. This episode is brought to you by Transfergo. www.transfergo.com/en We've a lot to get through this hour, so let's not mess about. On this episode we are looking at the way data and statistics affect refugees and the way we see them. Aside from some news roundup, involving Messrs. Trump and Dubs, we will be hearing from: - Johanna Olseryd, from the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, on the misleading crime statistics that mask the reality of the "immigrant problem" in Sweden; - Till Krause of Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, on the hidden world of Facebook content moderation, and how it exposes refugees to the worst of what people think of them; - And finally, Enock Kavingwa, data scientist for Refunite, on how information can help people find each other, no matter the distance. Check out Refunite here: https://refunite.org/ And read Til's article on Facebook and content moderation here: http://international.sueddeutsche.de/post/154513473995/inside-facebook Contact us at: email@example.com or @migrantpodcast The Migrant Crisis Podcast will be back in two weeks. www.migrantpodcast.com www.patreon.com/migrantpodcast
27 minutes | Feb 16, 2017
February 16: It's about the life they want. (The LGBT episode)
Welcome to the Migrant Crisis Podcast, a show about diversity made by three straight white people. This episode is brought to you by Transfergo. https://www.transfergo.com/en It's LGBT history month, and to celebrate we are bringing you some of the voices of Gay, Lesbian and Transgender refugees, and those that work to help them integrate and find new lives: - Javid Nabiyev, an Azerbaijani political activist who fled after being publicly outed, tells us of the continued struggle in a new home. - Gesa Rittinghaus works for Miles, a centre for LGBT refugees in Berlin. She's seen firsthand just how nuanced and difficult integration can be. - And finally, Mahmoud Hassino is a Syrian journalist who fled to Turkey in 2011. He founded Syria's first gay magazine, Mawaleh, and organised the country's first gay talent competition: Mr. Gay Syria. Help make the film of Mr. Gay Syria happen here: https://www.kisskissbankbank.com/en/projects/mr-gay-syria-film Check out the work of Gesa's project here: http://berlin.lsvd.de/projekte/miles/ And get involved with Queer Refugees for Pride here: http://refugee-pride.org/index.php/de/ Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or @migrantpodcast The Migrant Crisis Podcast will be back on the 27th of February, with a full episode. www.migrantpodcast.com www.patreon.com/migrantpodcast
48 minutes | Jan 30, 2017
January 30: The Undocumented Struggle
Welcome to the Migrant Crisis Podcast, an attempt to make sense of the eminently sense-unmakeable, hosted by Mike Meehall Wood, Sophie Pornschlegel and Frey Lindsay. This episode is brought to you in partnership with TransferGo. This week, of course President Trump's immigration ban has thrown the worlds of many into chaos, and mobilised fierce resistance from the public. At the outset of mass protests, we speak with Stevens Orozco, activist with Truth2Power in Houston, then we'll hear from the ACLU who almost immediately managed to block the ban in New York. After that, winter continues in Europe and many refugees are being left without the essentials they need to survive the bitter cold. This fortnight we're looking at Serbia, freelance journalist Lazara Marinkovic reports from Belgrade on the thousands of people sleeping rough in the abandoned buildings and streets of the capital. After that, Mike puts on his horn-rimmed PoliSci glasses and peers at the latest attempt to block immigration from Africa. Emboldened by the success of the Turkey deal (depending on your definition of success) the EU led by plucky nation state Malta was keen to forge just such a deal with Libya. Turns out it didn't work, and we'll look at why (Spoiler Alert: It's hard to make deals with non-existent governments). After all that, Daniel Sullivan has just returned from Myanmar. He's Senior Advocate for Human Rights at Refugees International, and he was there spending time with the Rohingya, a long persecuted ethnic minority whose plight is one of the "other" crises we sometimes talk about. Thank you to Stevens Orozco, Lazara Marinkovic and Daniel Sullivan. Special thanks to TransferGo for making this episode possible. Check out their fine services here - https://www.transfergo.com/en Read Daniel's report on the Rohingya; https://www.refugeesinternational.org/reports/2016/rohingya Sign the petition to cancel Trump's visit to the UK; https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/171928 And check out Hot Food Idomeni, who are helping feed refugees in Belgrade and elsewhere; https://hotfoodidomeni.com/ Contact us at: email@example.com or @migrantpodcast The Migrant Crisis Podcast will be back in two weeks. www.migrantpodcast.com www.patreon.com/migrantpodcast
19 minutes | Jan 17, 2017
Extra: Hello 2017, please be nice.
It's 2017, and oh look, the migrant crisis is still going. On this short episode, Mike Meehall Wood, Sophie Pornschlegel and Frey Lindsay discuss what this year has in store for refugees and migration. Things to look out for include: The continuing collapse of European cooperation, the impact of the Valletta conference on migration in Africa, the change in German policy after the Berlin Attack and the novel media narratives that will distort all of this. It's going to be a long year. Apart from that, a bit of housekeeping: From the next episode, this Podcast will be presented in partnership with TransferGo, which provides its users with a simpler way of sending money across borders. www.transfergo.com/ With their help, we will be expanding the show and our reporting, and we are happy to have them on board. A new, full episode of the Migrant Crisis Podcast will be out January 30th. Welcome to 2017. firstname.lastname@example.org or @migrantpodcast www.migrantpodcast.com www.patreon.com/migrantpodcast
40 minutes | Dec 18, 2016
Episode 26: Hope kind of leaves you.
Welcome to the Migrant Crisis Podcast, an exercise in people slowly learning about the crisis while pretending to be authorities on it. On this episode; - Australia has an appalling refugee policy. Resident Australian Frey Lindsay has just returned from there, and tells the tale of the country that basically doesn't exist if you're arriving by boat. - Marcus Wilson at Conflict Armament Research discusses their recent report on Islamic State's attempts to create weaponised drones. - Mike Meehall Wood and Sophie Pornschlegel talk about the migrant crisis in Africa, which dwarfs that of Europe, and the stasis that has beset migrant communities, camps and detention centres across the erstwhile "front lines" of the crisis. - Benny Hunter, Rosie Pope and Help Refugees have produced a report on the situation for many of the unaccompanied minors expelled from Calais. Benny tells us of the distress and anguish these kids live under every day, as they wait for the chance to come to Britain. - And finally, notes on 2016. Thank you to Benjamin Hunter, Help Refugees and Marcus Wilson at Conflict Armament Research. Read Benny's report for Help Refugees; http://www.helprefugees.org.uk/news/life-childrren-calais-jungle-post-eviction-uncertain-future/ And CAR's report on Islamic State drone workshops(will download a pdf); http://www.conflictarm.com/download-file/?report_id=2416&file_id=2417 email@example.com or @migrantpodcast The Migrant Crisis Podcast will be back in a few weeks. www.migrantpodcast.com www.patreon.com/migrantpodcast Happy New Year.
37 minutes | Nov 4, 2016
Episode 25: There is nothing, only death.
Welcome to the Migrant Crisis Podcast, an attempt to turn totally uninformed opinions into just mostly uninformed opinions. On this episode, alternatively titled "Episode 25: Better late than never?"; - Mike Meehall Wood and Frey Lindsay discuss the plan of Tory MP David Davies, who wants to check refugee children's teeth to make sure they're not lying about their age (there's an image...). They also talk about Nauru, and how you literally can't bribe refugees to stop trying for asylum. - The attack on Mosul is rolling on, and given our remit we don't yet have much to say about it. So a moment of reflection on what's to come. - Hurricane Matthew ravaged Haiti some weeks ago, devastating a coutry still recovering from the 2010 earthquake. Natalia Fricker, emergency communications officer for ActionAid, spoke to us about what she saw in the country, and the efforts to hold things together. Pay attention to the gender issues towards the end. Chaos and disaster very often have the secondary effect of increased violence against women, it's one of the most disturbing undercurrents of humanitarian issues, and deserves more attention. - Let's take it back to Syria for our final feature. The Syrian Civil Defence are a group of extraordinarily brave rescue workers who are doing the best they can with what they have, which is not much, to protect their fellow Syrians. We had the pleasure of attending a talk with a member of the organisation commonly known as the “White Hats”, and hear about his life and work in Aleppo.* - And finally, our Skateboardings Otter this week are a touching story of football solidarity, and the Trump Cobra Effect. Take Action! Go tell David Davies MP what you'd like to do to his teeth; https://www.david-davies.org.uk/contact Give ActionAid some money to help with Haiti relief; https://www.actionaid.org.uk/donate/hurricane-matthew-haiti-emergency-appeal Stop watching the election, you're not American. Keep up to date with the Mosul offensive instead; http://rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/031120162 Thank you to Natalia Fricker and Nadene Robertson at Action Aid, Ibrahim and the rest of the White Hats, and thanks once again to Abdalaziz Alhamza from Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently. firstname.lastname@example.org or @migrantpodcast The Migrant Crisis Podcast will be back in a few weeks. www.migrantpodcast.com www.patreon.com/migrantpodcast * That's a city in Syria, if you're a libertarian.
42 minutes | Oct 6, 2016
Episode 24: Everybody wants to leave, but they can’t.
Welcome to the Migrant Crisis Podcast, the show that thinks it can help an international humanitarian tragedy with politics degrees and Simpsons quotes. As ever, our hosts are journalists Sophie Pornschlegel, Mike Meehall Wood and Frey Lindsay. On this episode; - Mike and Frey talk about the end of the Syrian ceasefire. Did it work? Did we think it would work? Did it work better than we thought it would? Who was it between again? Now who’s fighting who? Which one’s are committing war crimes? What happens now? We ask all these questions, and barely answer any of them. - Mike visits the exhibition War on Wall with photography from the Syrian Conflict displayed on the remnants of the Berlin Wall. While there, he speaks about the conflict and the future of Syria with friends of the podcast Ansam Jassem, academic and expert on social movements within refugee groups, and Mohammed Shoaib, activist from Raqqa. (Also at this event was a live-link with Ibrahim, a member of the Syrian Civil Defense, the White Helmets; some of the bravest people in the world. Next episode we will have that conversation.) - With all this Syria talk of late, it can be easy to forget it’s not the only troubled country in the region. Sophie has been speaking with Friederike Regel, Iraq Project Coordinator for the Behandlungszentrum für Folteropfer Berlin (go on, try to say it) or BZFO. They talk about Kurdistan, corruption, financial crises and everything else putting pressure on refugees in Iraq. Pay close attention to how Friederike’s organisation works, hiring Iraqi professionals as opposed to just shipping over their own. - Frey speaks with Alice Thomas from Refugees International on the worsening droughts and political instability in Zimbabwe. Climate Change is only going to displace more and more people in the future, we need to have a plan in place. We don’t as yet. - And finally, Francoise Hollande wins our “Captain State the Obvious” award for the week, Donald Trump Jr gets his skittles in a twist, and one of Mike’s favourite TV shows (not the Simpsons) clashes with one of Frey’s (not the Simpsons). Check out the War on Wall Exhibition; http://www.waronwall.org/ Read Alice Thomas’ report for Refugees International on Zimbabwe’s future and climate displacement; http://www.refugeesinternational.org/reports/2016/08/18/zimbabwe And learn more about the BZFO’s work in Iraq; http://www.bzfo.de/global/iraq.html Thank you to Ansam Jassem, Mohammed Shoaib, Friederike Regel and Alice Thomas. email@example.com or @migrantpodcast The Migrant Crisis Podcast will be back in a week or so. www.migrantpodcast.com www.patreon.com/migrantpodcast
35 minutes | Sep 5, 2016
Episode 23 - We were hoping to have a better life, but now we are in Nauru.
Welcome to the Migrant Crisis Podcast, the show that explores migration, war, and culture and frames it all through political analysis and Simpsons jokes. On this Episode: - We take our first look at the horrors of the Nauru detention facilities, and the continuing trainwreck that is Australia's asylum policy. - Mike speaks with Abdalaziz Alhamza, an activist and co-founder of Raqqa is being Slaughtered Silently, on their tireless work to report on life in Daesh's stronghold. - And Frey speaks with Mir, a founder of Boys of Bangladesh, on living as a gay man in Dhaka, and losing friends to Islamist violence. There are many reasons why people seek asylum, it's not just war. Read the Nauru Files for yourself: https://www.theguardian.com/news/series/nauru-files Get the real story on what's happening in Raqqa: http://www.raqqa-sl.com/en/ Support Boys of Bangladesh: http://www.boysofbangladesh.org/ Thank you to Mir from BoB, and Abdul-Aziz al-Hamza from RIBSS. firstname.lastname@example.org or @migrantpodcast The Migrant Crisis Podcast will be back in a week or so. https://www.patreon.com/migrantpodcast
51 minutes | Aug 18, 2016
Episode 22 - People are dying every day, every minute, because of us.
Welcome to the Migrant Crisis Podcast, the show that explores migration, war, culture, and politics and frames it all through analysis, swearing and Simpsons jokes. On this Episode: - Sophie, Frey and Mike discuss police militarisation in London and new Anti-Terror laws in Germany. - Frey speaks with Eros Rrodhe of Migrate UK, on the position for EU migrants currently living in post-Brexit Britain. - Sophie speaks with Dr. Leyla Dakhli, at a screening of the new film Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea), about Lampedusa: the first glimpse of Europe for many asylum seekers. - And finally, a Chinese man finds himself in the middle of the German asylum system, and go Team Refugee! Check out the trailer for Fuocoammare: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8Kc5wy0Rxg And if you have any migration inquiries, Migrate UK can help: http://www.migrate-uk.com/ Thank you to Dr. Leyla Dakhli and Eros Rrodhe of Migrate UK. email@example.com or @migrantpodcast The Migrant Crisis Podcast will be back in two weeks’ time.
50 minutes | Jul 27, 2016
Episode 21 - The Five Walls.
Welcome to the Migrant Crisis Podcast, the show that explores migration, war, culture, and politics and frames it all through analysis, swearing and Simpsons jokes. On this episode; - Sophie Pornschlegel explains the formation of the latest neo-Nazi party in Germany; - Frey Lindsay and journalist Jinan Rahma speak with Dr. Imran Awan of Birmingham City University, about the Five Walls of Islamophobia on social media; - Sophie, Frey, and Mike Meehall Wood take a look at startup culture, and one startup in particular that is bringing together changemakers, disruptifiers, and imagineerers to bootstrap the problem statement that is the Migrant Crisis; - Frey speaks with Saeed Alaktaa, a Syrian refugee in Brazil, who teaches Arabic through Skype; - And finally, Mike Meehall Wood tells us about his mostly-refugees football team's five minutes of fame (and why he hopes he's not included). You can take a look at Dr. Awan's recent post on The Five Walls of Islamophobia here; http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/social-network-hate-inside-facebooks-walls-islamophobia-1723501542) And check out NaTakallam, if you're thinking of learning Arabic or want to see a clever idea in action; https://natakallam.com/ Thank you to Dr. Imran Awan, Aline Sara at NaTakallam, Saeed Alakkta, and special thanks to Jinan Rahma. firstname.lastname@example.org or @migrantpodcast The Migrant Crisis Podcast will be back in two weeks’ time.
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