MMB Event Recordings

Many MMB organised and co-organised events are now online so we are recording them and posting the videos here.

2022

Violent Ignorance: Confronting Racism and Migration Control – book discussion with Hannah Jones

Organised by SPIN in association with MMB and SWDTP

6th April 2022

Hannah Jones discussed her book Violent Ignorance: Confronting Racism and Migration Control (2021) with Chloe Peacock from the University of Bristol. The book sets out to examine how the past persists in the present, how trauma is silenced or reappears, and how we might reimagine identity and connection in ways that counter – rather than ignore – historic violence. In particular Hannah Jones shows how border controls and enforcement, and its corollary, racism and violence, have shifted over time. Drawing on thinkers from John Berger to Ben Okri, from Audre Lorde to Susan Sontag, the book questions what it means to belong, and discusses how hierarchies of belonging are revealed by what we can see, and what we can ignore.

2021

No Recourse to Public Funds – Manufacturing Destitution

ACH/MMB webinar series 2021 – ‘Bridging the Gap’

2nd November 2021

In 2020, nearly 1.4 million people in the UK had no recourse to public funds (NRPF), with the burden of restrictions falling disproportionately on people of colour. With the proposed Brexit legislation and EUSS process putting even more people at risk of NRPF, this number is expected to rise. This is a huge humanitarian issue and may also have major implications for local authorities and the labour market. This seminar explored the mental health, employment and integration affects of NFPF, looking at it in the context of the proposed Nationality and Borders Bill and focusing on implications for local government, the community sector and others at a national level.

Reparations – Meeting Bristol’s Responsibilities

14th October 2021

On 2 March 2021 Bristol City Council passed a resolution on the need for ‘Atonement and Reparations for Bristol’s Role in the Transatlantic Traffic of Enslaved Afrikans’. This issue has been taken up by the University of Bristol and many of those in communities that make up the city: it is still to be resolved. The issue of reparations is also a live one in the Caribbean islands to which many slaves were transported and one strongly supported by Caribbean Labour Solidarity and its members in the UK and internationally. This webinar, bringing together speakers and performers from Bristol, London and the Caribbean, sought to provide an international and cultural context for the recent responses to slavery and racism that were ignited in Bristol by the Black Lives Matter movement last year.

UK Nationality and Borders Bill: An Evaluation with Colin Yeo

21st September 2021

This summer the UK Nationality and Borders Bill passed its second reading. What is new? What is unworkable? What will change? In this online seminar leading barrister and founder of the Free Movement website Colin Yeo discussed these issues and responded to questions from the audience.

Children as Subjects of Control: Interventions in Children’s Mobilities

18th June 2021

The prevailing global north construction of childhood as a period of innocence and dependence means that the independent mobility of those deemed to be children (whether in search of pleasure, earning opportunities, or even safety) is imagined as fraught with danger. The three papers presented at this seminar – by Michael Boampong, Esther Bott and Sam Okyere – addressed different kinds of interventions currently being made into children’s mobility by different actors, opening up questions about how and why lines between legitimate/illegitimate and benign/harmful are drawn in popular, policy, and academic discourse on children’s movement.

Policy, Politics and Research on Migration: A Critical Discussion

15th June 2021

What is the relation between migration research, policy and politics? Is there a role for academics in policy making? Is academic research on migration political, or should it stay away from politics? These were the questions we thought through with our panel, including both academics and practitioners in the field of migration politics and policy. We had Don Flynn speaking about whether academic research helps the defence of migrants’ rights; Leah Bassel on why researchers should learn to listen; and Ann Singleton on whether research can improve policy. Their presentations were followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Marriage, Gender and Refugee Migration by Natasha Carver: book launch

25th May 2021

We were delighted to host the book launch of Marriage, Gender and Refugee Migration: Spousal Relationships among Somali Muslims in the UK (Rutgers University Press, 2021) by Dr Natasha Carver, University of Bristol. A lyrical and genre-defying ethnography, the book provides wide-ranging insights into the lives and relationships of UK-Somali migrants. The event included comments by Professor Katharine Charsley, poems read by Kaltun Duale and Huda Jama and an extensive Q&A with Natasha herself. The launch was chaired by Professor Bridget Anderson, Director of MMB.

Remember and Respond: Child Migrants and the Lives Behind the Data

28th April 2021

This webinar opened the MMB series ‘Childhood on the Move’ by drawing attention to the reality of children’s experience of border crossings and controls. It reflected on the innumerable tragic deaths and disappearances of children travelling illegally around the globe, and the far-reaching, agonising consequences for their families. It considered the gaps in the evidence used to create policies towards child migrants in Europe, and how these gaps perpetuate their dehumanisation. And it focused on cases in the UK where treatment of undocumented minors is becoming harsher once more under the current Home Office regime.

Beyond Integration: Bringing Together Research, Policy and Delivery on Integration

ACH/MMB webinar series 2021 – ‘Bridging the Gap’

19th April 2021

‘Integration’ can be a controversial concept. This event challenged past approaches and looked ‘beyond integration’ to explore how we can ensure that people fulfil their potential and attain their aspirations within the labour market and wider community. The ESRC-funded Everyday Integration project is working to develop an inclusive, bottom-up and local approach to integration in the city. ACH has developed new tools such as Integrass, which assesses ‘integration’ from a bottom up, individually tailored viewpoint. This ACH/MMB webinar – the second in the series on ‘Bridging the Gap’ between research, policy development and delivery – discussed how these new approaches can overcome the limitations of previous policies by focussing on the whole community.

Queer Liberalisms and Marginal Mobility

9th April 2021

This webinar addressed queer migration through the intersectional lens of queer liberalisms, authoritarianism, and marginal mobilities. Globally, LGBTIQ+ rights form an inherent part of human rights discourse and politics. At the same time, this very human rights language is increasingly used by nation-states to defend their borders, control migration flows, and intensify discrimination and prejudice against the ‘other’.

This event is one of four in a speaker series during April 2021 that used a socio-legal lens to examine the interconnectedness of queer mobilities across and within different geographical, social and political contexts. It features contributors to the special issue ‘Queer Liberalisms and Marginal Mobility’ to be published by Ethnic and Racial Studies in Spring 2022.

(Click on the image to play the recording for this webinar and the three others in the series.)

MMB Latin America Dialogue

Protecting Venezuelans in Colombia: Reflections from Across the Region

31st March 2021

The Colombian government announced in February 2021 the launching of a programme to grant 10-year complementary protection and legal status to the approximately 1.7 million Venezuelan migrants and refugees in the country. This decision was considered ‘historical’ by the United Nations and received worldwide attention – it represents a clear shift in how the South American region is managing Venezuelan migratory flows. Bringing together four specialists from around the region, this webinar considered the contextual and technical aspects of this new policy, contrasting it with the practices of other South American countries.

MMB Latin America Dialogue

The UN Convention on Migrant Workers: Assessing its Positive Impacts

25th February 2021

On the 30th anniversary of the Convention, MMB brought together three leading specialists on migration law and Latin America to discuss its impact. In conversation with Diego Acosta – MMB’s International Strategic Lead – Pablo Ceriani and Alvaro Botero discussed the reasons for the Convention’s low ratification, its value as a living instrument, the importance of academics (sometimes negative), civil society and courts, its procedure, the trade-offs with states and examples of all of the above.

2020

MMB Debate

Justice and Labour Migration

10th December 2020

What might a just labour migration policy look like? Is there a trade-off between numbers and rights? Is it possible to have a system of labour migration founded on ideals of justice in an unequal world? Can labour migration move us towards a more just world?

MMB brought together philosopher Chris Bertram and political economist Martin Ruhs to present their differing visions of a fair labour migration system. Chaired by Manoj Dias-Abey from the Bristol Law School, this online debate will interrogated the key principles that Chris and Martin believe should underpin such a system.