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What is MIDEQ?

Should we stop talking about migration and start talking about inequality?

MIDEQ stands for South-South Migration for Development and Equality. In this video our experts introduce the concept that inequalities at all levels determine who is (and isn’t) able to migrate, where people move to and the rights and resources that they are able to access. This includes the ability to migrate and journey safely.

Historically, dominant stories on migration have been shaped by politicians, media and researchers in the Global North. This has often led to negative assumptions and associations of the migration experience that have produced anxieties around migrants and refugees. It overlooks the global significance, scope and impact of where migration happens.

MIDEQ wants to change this narrative by working closely with researchers in the Global South to understand the political, economic and social context of migration between 12 different countries across 6 migration corridors: Egypt-Jordan, Ethiopia-South Africa, Burkina Faso-Côte d’Ivoire, China-Ghana, Haiti-Brazil, and Nepal-Malaysia.

Throughout this course you will hear from MIDEQ researchers. While learning from their expertise, you can reflect on how and why you teach migration. You will also learn that it is inequality, rather than migration, that is the principal global challenge.

We all know that migration is an important issue, discussed in political debates and everyday conversations. But to what extent do you think conversations are based on data and lived realities? Has migration become the touchstone for a range of broader processes such as inequality?

For more information about what the Global South and Global North means, you can read this 60 second guide from the Royal Geographical Society.

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