Global Migration Podcast


The Global Migration Podcast features diverse research stories from UBC migration scholars, made for a public audience. We also bring guest speakers and community partners into conversation on migration-related topics.

The Global Migration Podcast followed a “season” format for its first three years. Each season was oriented to a particular theme, allowing us to explore related content over several episodes. In autumn 2022, we switched to an open format, so that new episodes are numbered and released as they become available. We may occasionally produce a series of thematic episodes, and Seasons 1-3 remain available as “seasons.” But we hope you enjoy listening as much as ever.

Episode 22: If Not Gender Mainstreaming, Then What?: Gender Equality and Migrant Integration in the EU

How do policies of gender equality and migrant integration interact, and how can the unrealized revolutionary approach of gender mainstreaming be activated within institutional policy approaches? 

Episode 21: Belonging in Unceded Territory

How are newcomer and Indigenous community members from Frog Hollow Neighborhood House, migration scholars from UBC, and staff from Immigrant Services Society of BC and the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC working together to try and decolonize how “belonging” is imagined in present-day Vancouver for migrant settlers old and new?

Special Episode: Armchair Discussion during Symposium

What key trends can we expect to see in Canadian migration policy during the post-Covid recovery phase, and how do these compare with developments in other major migration destination countries? 

Previous Seasons

Season 3

Season 3, entitled “Resonant Research: Collaborations in Migration & Mobility Beyond the Academy,” is hosted and produced by UBC graduate student, Gabriele Dumpys Woolever. This two-part season includes five episodes, released in January 2022 and Summer 2022.

The first part of the season features personal stories from three people making their way in Canada as noncitizens during COVID-19. These stories are part of a collaborative project between UBC researchers and the Migrant Workers’ Centre in Vancouver, BC (, titled “Temporary Foreign Workers During the Time of COVID-19.” The project was supported by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

The second part of the season continues in summer with two episodes about current research by UBC migration and mobility scholars. With community partners and immersive histories, we bring you stories about immigration detention in Canada and Argentina’s exclusion of Southeast Asian laborers.

Season 2

Season 2, entitled "Geographies of the Heart: Life-writing from Newcomers to Canada" is hosted by international speaker and award-winning advocate, Mohammed Alsaleh. This season is born out of a year-long writing project, "Stories from Newcomers to Canada," with a group of newcomers who have been authoring their own stories of migration on topics such as love, loss, displacement, exile, belonging and disruption. Bringing together a diverse array of newcomer voices, each episode shares compelling, first-hand experiences of coming to and living in Canada. Most importantly, this series creates a space in which newcomers can share their experiences and perspectives with policymakers, academics, and the media. Season 2 of the series ran from February 2021 to April 2021.

Season 1

Season 1, entitled "COVID-19 and beyond" 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 settlement sector 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 ran from May 2020 to August 2020 and was produced by the founding creator of the Global Migration Podcast, Doug Ober.


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