One of the best things to come out of having our own portable handheld devices constantly on hand is easy access to podcasts from all across the globe. No matter your interests, age or location, it’s virtually guaranteed that there will be some sort of podcast to pique your interest. My personal favourite are economics and politics podcasts, as I find them an extremely palatable way to learn about complicated processes and situations. Therefore, I thought that one of the easiest ways to understand the complicated political situation surrounding the current refugee crisis would be through informative & empathetic podcasts. Below is a list of a few to get you started, and hopefully this will lead to a lifetime love of the podcast format!
This episode of the Economist Radio Special Relationships is very US-centric, but extremely fascinating in its discussion of undocumented immigrants living in the USA, and the immigration reform policies currently taking place in the White House.
This is probably one of the most humane and emotive discussion of day-to-day refugee life I have discovered. This episode of This American Life features a refugee camp in Greece, and you hear directly from the refugees themselves about their experiences. There is a large amount of hope and humility in this podcast, and it puts a human face on the 57,000 refugees currently stranded in Greece. As a bonus, TAL even worked on a second follow up episode to this podcast entitled Don’t Have To Live Like A Refugee, with amazing stories of charity between refugees, and people falling in love in the camps against all odds.
The ABC podcast The Law Report did a a double feature on the legal situation on Manus Island, and discussed specifically the ruling of the PNG Supreme Court to make detention of refugees on Manus Island illegal, and the aftermath of this. The second episode of this double feature can be found here.