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The UBC Centre for Migration Studies has a new podcast series entitled "Global Migration: COVID- 19 and Beyond.” Exploring migration during the time of COVID-19, the series brings together a diverse array of experts to discuss the many ways the outbreak of the novel coronavirus is transforming global migration. With guests that include UBC Migration faculty and graduate students as well as community organizers, policy analysts and practitioners, each episode explores a different theme, from the pandemic’s impact on international education, temporary foreign workers and critical supply chains to immigrant services and the legal implications of closed borders for asylum seekers and refugees. Season 1 of the series runs from May 2020 to August 2020. Season 1 of the Global Migration podcast is produced by Douglas Ober.
Episode 1 (May 29, 2020): International Education, Student Mobility and the Canadian Economy
with Dr. Randall Martin (BCCIE) and Sandra Schinnerl (UBC)
In this episode, two experts, Dr. Randall Martin, Executive Director of the British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE) and Sandra Schinnerl, PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a UBC Migration Researcher, discuss how the closing of international borders, the rapidly evolving immigration policies that accompany them and the rapid transition to online learning is likely to leave an enduring mark on the world of international education. During this freeform conversation, Randall and Sandra also assess the role of international students in the Canadian economy and the future of an open order that is under threat. Recorded on May 8 on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. With music by the Mini Vandals featuring Mamadou Koïta and Lasso.
Episode 2 (June 7, 2020): Temporary Foreign Workers, Precarious Labour and the Politics of (in)Equality
with Bronwyn Bragg (UBC), Dr. Bethany Hastie (UBC), Dr. Dan Hiebert (UBC) and Dr. Aryan Karimi (UBC)
The conversation, hosted by Dr. Dan Hiebert, Professor of Geography, explores how COVID-19’s impact on global supply chains and precarious labour pools poses an acute risk for Canada and other countries around the globe. They discuss how the pandemic reveals not only the vital work that temporary foreign workers provide for the Canadian economy but the deep inequities in Canada’s occupational health and safety systems. During the episode, Dan speaks with Aryan Karimi, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in UBC Sociology, Bethany Hastie, Assistant Professor in the Allard School of Law and Bronwyn Bragg, a PhD Candidate in UBC Geography. Recorded on May 15 on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. With music by the Mini Vandals featuring Mamadou Koïta and Lasso.
Episode 3 (June 23, 2020): The Rights of Refugees and the Right to Privacy along the US-Canadian Border
with Dr. Efrat Arbel (UBC), Dr. Antje Ellermann (UBC) and Dr. Benjamin Goold (UBC)
In this episode, Dr. Antje Ellermann, Associate Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of UBC Migration speaks with two legal scholars, Dr. Efrat Arbel, Associate Professor in the Allard School of Law, and Dr. Benjamin Goold, Professor in the Allard School of Law. They discuss how the public health crisis is changing immigration procedures at the US-Canadian border and putting additional strain on the rights of refugees and refugee claimants attempting to enter Canada, as well as on other border crossers whose right to privacy is being challenged. They assess the troubled legacy of the Safe Third Country Agreement signed by the US and Canada, the role of contact tracing apps, immigration detention and why the pandemic raises serious concerns about the place of human rights in Canada and beyond. Recorded on June 9 on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. With music by the Mini Vandals featuring Mamadou Koïta and Lasso.
Episode 4 (July 4, 2020): Refugee and Settlement Experiences in British Columbia
with Dr. Nancy Clark (University of Victoria), Dr. Dan Hiebert (UBC), and Saleem Spindari (MOSAIC)
What happens when refugees make it across the border and begin to rebuild their lives in Canada? In this episode, Dan Hiebert, Professor of Geography at UBC explores the refugee and settlement experience with Saleem Spindari, Senior Manager of Refugees and Migrant Workers Programs at MOSAIC, one of the largest settlement organizations in Canada, and with Dr. Nancy Clark, Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria. While Dan discusses the wider world of refugee affairs, Saleem and Nancy provide a more ground-up perspective into the sorts of challenges that refugees face, from questions of public health, housing, employment, and education to how COVID-19 is creating further obstacles for those who work in and rely on the settlement sector. Dan, Nancy, and Saleem share their insights into what could be done to foster greater resilience and success both in the midst of a pandemic, and long thereafter. Recorded on June 12 on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. With music by the Mini Vandals featuring Mamadou Koïta and Lasso.
Episode 5 (August 16, 2020): Settlement Sector Programming and 'Pandemic Pedagogies' in British Columbia
with Dr. Amea Wilbur (University of the Fraser Valley), Dr. Suzanne Smythe (Simon Fraser University), and Laura Mannix (DiverseCity)
This episode continues the conversation we had in our previous episode about how the settlement sector has been impacted by the pandemic, taking the time to focus on how service providers have continued to provide critical support in the midst of a pandemic. Amea Wilbur, an Assistant Professor of Adult Education at the University of the Fraser Valley and a UBC Migration affiliate, along with Suzanne Smythe, Associate Professor in Adult Education and Adult Literacy at Simon Fraser University speak with Laura Mannix, Director of Community Development at DIVERSEcity, a community resources society that provides specialized services to support newcomers living in the lower mainland of BC. During their conversation, Amea, Suzanne and Laura discuss everything from digital inequities, gender-based violence, and racialized work to how the pandemic has also brought forth many unexpected positives in community outreach through the adoption of innovative practices--what Suzanne and Amea call 'pandemic pedgagogies'--and the reinvention of existing programmes. They offer glimpses of what a more inclusive, equitable and intentional settlement sector might look like, one that takes a more culturally responsive approach and is borne out of feminist and intersectional insights. Recorded on August 10 on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. With music by the Mini Vandals featuring Mamadou Koïta and Lasso.
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