Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet)

Bringing together researchers, practitioners and policy makers working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland

Category Archives: Blogs

Reflections on the screening ‘Constance on the Edge’

On Wednesday 11th October I was delighted to be able to participate in the launch of the 2017/18 GRAMNet film series by sharing an Australian documentary ‘Constance on the Edge’. … Continue reading

November 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

The emergence of the notion of the “vulnerable refugee”

The inability – or unwillingness as some would say– to manage the large refugee/migrant population arriving in Europe, has brought the subject of protecting only “genuine” refugees and the aversion … Continue reading

October 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Creative Tensions: Home August 22nd 2017, Roundabout, Arab Arts Focus

Creative Tensions is a performance arts form developed with the Sundance Institute as a way of using the body to engage in a spatialised dialogue about issues which create tensions. … Continue reading

September 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

UNESCO Chair Series:Chill Habibi Edinburgh Fringe Festival, August 12th 2017

Down at Summerhall there has been a wonderful array of award-winning Arab Arts Focus events unfolding throughout the Festival. Sara Shaarawi & Henry Bell have been curating a series of … Continue reading

September 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

UNESCO Chair Series:Reflections on the New European Songbook at the Edinburgh International Festival

It’s been a busy August. It always is with Edinburgh just a short train ride away from Glasgow. There is always so much to see and do and in the … Continue reading

September 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Re-building a Nation

    When I moved to Scotland in the summer of 2015, I couldn’t have imagined the political upheavals of recent times – first and foremost Brexit– or the shock … Continue reading

June 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Language Cafes as a site of Wider Cultural Integration

This project aims to influence policy and practice, and to make tangible improvements to the lives of migrants who have settled in Scotland. Our focus is participatory action research, working … Continue reading

April 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Dangerously plural: why living with many languages is dangerous.

  There was an elder tree in the garden of the house where I grew up. It was easy to climb and its branches formed a shelter filled with filtered … Continue reading

April 4, 2017 · 2 Comments

Photo Essay: Life in the Calais Jungle

Misha Somerville (born 1980) came to photography and filmmaking in a roundabout manner, previously working as a musician and musical instrument maker. After 15 years of being in the privileged … Continue reading

November 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Closing Dungavel – a chance to end indefinite detention in Scotland?

by Jerome Phelps   In early September, the new Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill announced the closure of Dungavel, the only detention centre in Scotland.  The centre will be replaced in … Continue reading

November 9, 2016 · Leave a comment