Migration Matters: Support the forthcoming free lecture series from leading scholars


Why Migration Matters?

“Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” – John F. Kennedy

Have you also noticed that the migration debate is full of anxiety, judgement, and opinion? The current refugee crisis has only added more urgency and complication to the discussion. The result? Too much “pro” vs. “con” and not enough middle ground for nuanced understanding and creating solutions.

To spark this type of conversation, we want to take your questions and concerns directly to “stars” in the field of migration – researchers, practitioners, and migrants themselves. Then, we’ll package their answers into bite-sized, informal video lectures which we’ll deliver straight to your inbox.

We’ll ask them to explain fundamental reasons behind migration, break down the effects of borders, and address security concerns. We’ll also grill them about the real costs of migration and its impact on societies.

We know the debate surrounding borders and belonging won’t become less divisive overnight. But we do believe that the discussion should, and could, be more grounded in evidence and research. We also need a more open conversation – one where no question is dismissed and no fear is judged.

What will the course be like?

By signing up, you’ll receive short, 3-5 minute long videos that are entertaining, accessible, and FREE. Each video will deal with a distinct topic, piece of evidence or research that will give you a more nuanced view of migration that you can draw on in your daily life. Our promise? You will understand migration better in as little as 5 minutes a day.

We’ve already gotten to work: We have original videos from academics and the public, are compiling heaps of resources, and are developing our first infographics. Our growing team of lecturers includes:

  • Hein de Haas, Amsterdam University – co-author of The Age of Migration, a world-leading textbook on migration
  • Michael Clemens, Center for Global Development – one of the top scholars on the economic effects of migration
  • Alexander Betts, Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford – TED speaker and expert on forced migration
  • Katy Long, Stanford University –  author of The Huddled Masses: Immigration and Inequality
  • Ruben Andersson, London School of Economics – anthropologist and author of Illegality INC

We’d also like to hear about what interests you and will involve our course subscribers from the outset to help us shape the conversation.

Support the initiative on generosity (indiegogo) here.

Read more here.

Reach the Migration Matters team at migrmatters@gmail.com