In Season 3 of Who do we think we are? we’re collaborating with The Rebordering Britain and Britons after Brexit (MIGZEN) project to focus on migration and the making of ‘Global Britain’. Considering Brexit as a pivotal moment, we’ll be examining what this meant for mobile citizens, migrants, migration flows and governance. We focus on particular on the ongoing process of redrawing the boundaries of the imagined community and the role of the migration-citizenship regime within this. But we’ll also be looking beyond the borders to consider how immigration controls, policies and legislation articulate with the British state’s present-day struggle for legitimacy and leadership on the world stage.
What role do diplomacy and the power play between states play in the development of migration policy? And how can turning our attention to the significance of foreign policy within migration governance help us in understanding the post-Brexit migration regime in the UK?
In this jam-packed episode, we consider how foreign policy and geopolitics shapes migration and mobility regimes. Catherine Craven explains what we mean when we talk about migration diplomacy. Fiona Adamson, Professor of International Relations at SOAS, invites us to think about how migration and diaspora feature in inter-state relations, with a particular focus on the EU. Through the discussion of the UK’s new humanitarian visas and the citizens’ negotiations, Nando and Michaela reflect on the relationship between migration diplomacy and the UK’s shifting position on the world stage after Brexit.
You can access the full transcripts for each episode over on our website Who do we think we are?
In this episode we cover …
Migration diplomacy and the geopolitics of migration
Hong Kong BN(O) and Ukraine Visa schemes
Brexit and the citizens’ rights negotiations
Active listening questions
What does ‘migration diplomacy’ mean?
What actors do and can engage in migration diplomacy?
What diplomatic instruments can states use to govern international migration?
Which new visa routes and trade and mobility agreements has Britain negotiated and/or implemented since Brexit?
Find more about …
The uses of Migration Diplomacy in World Politics
Why migration deals such as the Rwanda plan are here to stay
Our podcast picks …
Explore background debates and concepts in International Relations theory more generally at Whiskey and International Relations Theory
NPR’s Throughline on Hong Kong
Call to action