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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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Sophie’s on @spornschlegel, Frey’s on @FreyLindsayMCP and Mike’s lurking over @MikeMeehallWood

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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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“People are dying every day, every minute, because of us.”

The weather in Berlin does not feel like summer at all (more like a rainy windy October). Meanwhile, down in the Med, the number of people risking the journey over the sea from Africa to Italy continues apace, and – you’ve seen this movie before – so does the inevitable litany of shipwrecks, heartbreaking scenes and tragedy in the water. This is the topic of our main interview in this episode, which has the catchy title of:

“People are dying every day, every minute, because of us”

This is a quote from Leyla Dakhli, a researcher at the Centre Marc Bloch at Humboldt University in Berlin, talking about the tragedies unfolding almost every day on the shores of Lampedusa (the little island between Libya and Italy). We talked to her after the film preview of “Fire at Sea” which won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale Film Festival this year. It shows in no uncertain terms the reality of the tragedies that are happening on Europe’s southern frontier.

It’s a dramatic quote, but we all have our share of responsibility in those deaths.

After all, our governments could put more time, effort and money into rescuing migrants. The media could continue to report and raise awareness about the situation on our borders. Citizens have the power to put pressure on their representatives, to protest against certain policies and to ensure society welcomes refugees.

Migrants can’t fight for themselves when they are fighting for their survival. This is why they need you – and you can help. There are a bunch of really good refugee support organisations out there: AsylumAid, <a href="" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl=" generic viagra for sale in”>ActionAid, Waging PeaceMSF Sea, Sea Watch or SOS Mediterranée. They all accept donations. You don’t need that second pair of trainers. There are solidarity organisations that you can join, wherever in the world you are. Solidarity is the biggest weapon we have.

Enjoy this week’s episode. We’ll be back in two weeks with more.

Podcast Seeks Partners!

The leading independent podcast covering the Migrant Crisis in Europe is searching for media partners.

The Migrant Crisis Podcast is seeking media partners in Europe. We’re particularly interested in the following regions: Germany, France, UK, Italy, Sweden, Greece, and the Balkans.

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Our aim is to develop a network of media outlets interested in cooperating on news stories, exchanging information and sharing contacts. We are also interested to work with reporting networks to exchange information and advice.

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As we are constantly growing, we need to invest more and more time into the podcast, to keep up with requests, interviews and deal with technical issues. This is why you can now support us on the crowdfunding platform Patreon. The idea is that you can give as much or as little as you want, and it will help us to keep up to report on migrant crisis. Rest assured that we will make good use of your support!


Why The Migrant Crisis Podcast is on Patreon

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The Migrant Crisis Podcast seeks to cover the ongoing situation involving migration in Europe and beyond. We give a global outlook on events, provide expert analysis of policy decisions (and explain why they matter) and attempt to wade through the media narratives around migration to get the root of the issues.

We are unashamedly pro-migrant and pro-refugee, and we always seek to let migrants share their experiences in their own words.

We are based in Berlin and London, but our network of contacts is spread wide over the world, from Sydney to Syria and Sao Paulo.

We do not seek to make money from this endeavour, however time, equipment and travel costs money. If you like our podcast, and would like to help us to continue and to grow, we would be very grateful for a small donation towards the costs of our upkeep.

Mike, Sophie and Frey.