Transnational migration is changing the demography of receiving societies, driving the issue to the top of the policy agenda. Yet, despite their profound vulnerability and the economic potential they represent, migrants are still routinely denied access to the lifelong learning opportunities they need, writes Shibao Guo of University of Calgary
As globalization intensifies, migration has been adopted as a strategy by many to compete for the most talented, skillful and resourceful in order to help build a knowledge-based economy, ameliorate labour shortages, and mitigate the effects of an ageing population. As such, migration has risen to the top of the political agenda of many countries that are involved in this process as a source, transit or destination country, or all three simultaneously. Unlike earlier forms of migration which tend to be unidirectional, the contemporary mobility of migrants is conceptualised as multiple and circular occurring across transnational spaces.
of its transient nature, it is almost impossible to know exactly how many transnational
migrants there are around the world. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs estimated that, in 2020, about
281 million people, or 4 per cent of the world’s population, lived outside
their countries of birth, up from 173 million in 2000. In addition, the world’s refugees and asylum
seekers have doubled in number from 17 to 34 million over the past two decades. Continue reading →
The COVID-19 pandemic could come to be seen either as an important turning point for humanity or a huge missed opportunity, a landmark in the decline of human civilization. The choice, in the end, is ours, writes Paul Stanistreet.
As the 51st
World Economic Forum (WEF) meets virtually to discuss
rebuilding trust, making ‘crucial’ choices and reforming systems in the context
of the agenda WEF founder Klaus Schwab describes as the ‘great reset’, it is
clear that we are living through times of profound change and challenge, in some
respects unprecedented in human history.
And whether you
welcome this for reasons of social justice and the promotion of equity and
equality, or see as it a threat to entrenched systems of advantage that must be
carefully, and, if necessary, coercively, managed, it is clear that the
COVID-19 pandemic has created a rare moment in the human story when we have an
opportunity to read the map, change direction and do things differently. Continue reading →
To coincide with International Mother Language Day, UIL’s journal, IRE, is celebrating the resilience of the world’s Indigenous peoples and the contribution of Indigenous knowledge to sustainability. Its editor, Stephen Roche, explains
Today, 21 February, UNESCO and its global partners celebrate International Mother Language Day, this year on the theme of ‘Indigenous languages matter for development, peace building and reconciliation’. I am very proud to announce that, to coincide with International Mother Language Day, the International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning (IRE) will publish a special issue on ‘Indigenous knowledges as vital contributions to sustainability’.
This issue began to take shape in late 2016, when I approached Miye Tom – a Native scholar from the United States who had recently published with us – with the suggestion that she put together a proposal for a special issue on Indigenous education and knowledge. Together with two highly qualified and motivated scholars, Elizabeth Sumida Huaman and Teresa McCarty, she suggested that we not only make the special issue about Indigenous knowledge, but also approach Indigenous authors to write it. Continue reading →