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: info@migrantpodcast.com 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. www.transfergo.com/en Contact us at: info@migrantpodcast.com 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)

This episode was made possible by TransferGo, a quick and easy way to send money across borders. www.transfergo.com/en Contact us at: info@migrantpodcast.com or @migrantpodcast The Migrant Crisis Podcast will be back in two weeks.

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: www.helprefugees.org.uk/how-to-help/

Read Lili Bayer’s latest Politico piece on Hungary: www.politico.eu/article/hungary-a…l-asylum-seekers/

And learn more about Hungary and refugees over at Human Rights Watch: www.hrw.org/europe/central-asia/hungary

Check out Emily Bazelon’s the Slate Political Gabfest (it’s Frey’s favourite show): www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/gabfest.html

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.