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Undercurrents is a regular podcast series featuring interviews with Chatham House experts - and others - about the critical underlying issues which are shaping modern society. Hosted by staff from across the institute, each episode goes in-depth on a topic, looking beyond the news to explore the issues shaping global politics.

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Aug 12, 2022

What drives refugee movements and how should policies manage them?

This episode of Reflections at 100, marking the centenary of International Affairs, the journal of Chatham House, looks at refugees and migration.

Isabel speaks to Emily Venturi about the movement of refugees, the development of global humanitarian systems and the change in thinking on refugees over time. Then she interviews Ali Bilgic on how populism has impacted refugee policy in Britain, and women’s experiences of the detention system.

Reflections at 100 is a mini-series accompanying the journal’s centenary Archive Collections. The collections bring together articles from our archive which speak to the past, present and future of current affairs issues. In each podcast episode we speak to contributors from the issue and explore what the research tells us about policy-making today. 

International Affairs was started at Chatham House in 1922 to communicate research to members who could not attend in person. Over the last 100 years it has transformed into a journal that publishes academically rigorous and policy relevant research. It is published for Chatham House by Oxford University Press. Read the latest issue here. 

Explore the Archive Collection freely until the end of August 2022, including Emily’s introduction: 

100 years of refugees and migration

Read Ali Bilgic and Athina Gkouti’s article:

Who is entitled to feel in the age of populism? Women's resistance to migrant detention in Britain 


Speakers: Emily Venturi and Ali Bilgic

Hosts: Isabel Muttreja

Editor: Jamie Reed Sound Services 

Recorded and produced by Chatham House.