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.

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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.

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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:

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.

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.

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.

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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. Contact us at: or @migrantpodcast The Migrant Crisis Podcast will be back in two weeks.

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. Contact us at: or @migrantpodcast The Migrant Crisis Podcast will be back in two weeks.

March 27th: Famine is a catalyst for war.

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)

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March 13th: Leveraging fear.

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:

Read Lili Bayer’s latest Politico piece on Hungary:…l-asylum-seekers/

And learn more about Hungary and refugees over at Human Rights Watch:

Check out Emily Bazelon’s the Slate Political Gabfest (it’s Frey’s favourite show):