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

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

November Interview: Report from Calais ‘Jungle’ eviction

This month we spoke to Jon. Jon is a Glaswegian passing through France on his way home from Galicia in Spain. Realising he would pass through Calais just days before … Continue reading

November 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Film Series: Remembering The Nakba يوم النكبة 

This month GRAMNet and BEMIS collaborate to bring you two award-winning films as part of the international Day commemorating the Nakba in Palestine.  Nakba or يوم النكبة is Arabic for ‘catastrophe’ … Continue reading

May 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Who’s the Expert? Challenge to Home Office use of language analysis to go to UK’s Supreme Court

Sarah Craig is a lecturer in law and GRAMNet’s co-convener. In the past, Sarah has conducted research funded by the Scottish Executive and the Nuffield Foundation. Language analysis is a tool used by … Continue reading

September 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Syria: The fields are unsown

Alison Phipps is Co-Convener of GRAMNET and from 2008-2012 was an advisor to the World Council of Churches’s International Ecumenical Peace Convocation spiritual life working group as both an academic … Continue reading

August 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

We must invest in the currency of kindness towards our immigrants

Alison Phipps is GRAMNet’s co-convener and Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies at the University of Glasgow. She spoke on the future of immigration in Scotland at the Festival of Politics on … Continue reading

August 27, 2013 · 2 Comments