February 28th: Glad to know you’re, you know, alive.

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: refunite.org/

And read Til’s article on Facebook and content moderation here: international.sueddeutsche.de/post/15451…e-facebook

February 16: It’s about the life they want. (The LGBT episode)

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: www.kisskissbankbank.com/en/projects/…y-syria-film

Check out the work of Gesa’s project here: berlin.lsvd.de/projekte/miles/

And get involved with Queer Refugees for Pride here: refugee-pride.org/index.php/de/

January 30: The Undocumented Struggle

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 –www.transfergo.com/en

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 absence of European cooperation, the impact of the Valletta conference on migration in Africa, the change in German policy after the Berlin Attack on 19 December 2016. 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.

Episode 26 – Hope kind of leaves you.

 

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: www.helprefugees.org.uk/news/life-chi…rtain-future/

And CAR’s report on Islamic State’s drone workshops: www.conflictarm.com/download-file/?…16&file_id=2417

Episode 25 – There is nothing, only death

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 Helmets”, 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: www.david-davies.org.uk/contact

Give ActionAid some money to help with Haiti relief: www.actionaid.org.uk/donate/hurrica…ergency-appeal

Stop watching the election, you’re not American. Keep up to date with the Mosul offensive instead: rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/031120162

Thank you to Natalia Fricker and Nadene Robertson at Action Aid, Ibrahim and the rest of the White Helmets, and thanks once again to Abdalaziz Alhamza from Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently.

Episode 24 – Everybody wants to leave, but they can’t.

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: www.waronwall.org/

Read Alice Thomas’ report for Refugees International on Zimbabwe’s future
and climate displacement: www.refugeesinternational.org/reports/20…8/zimbabwe

And learn more about the BZFO’s work in Iraq: www.bzfo.de/global/iraq.html

Thank you to Ansam Jassem, Mohammed Shoaib, Friederike Regel and Alice Thomas.

Episode 23 – We were hoping to have a better life, but now we are in Nauru.

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.

“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="http://www.actionaid.org/" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&q=http://www generic viagra for sale in usa.actionaid.org/&source=gmail&ust=1472031761490000&usg=AFQjCNHJWxBZXl9c884-kVs6w1ea6jcTzA”>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.

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