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The story of how British citizenship developed and why this matters for questions of race, migration and belonging in 'Global Britain'

Hosted and produced by Michaela Benson.

Cover Art: George Kalivis

Production and post-production: Art of Podcast 

Sep 14, 2023

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?  


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