“I’ll see you on the other side”: migrant journeys and the (re)formation of diasporic identities

16 June 2022
Journeys are at the heart of the migration experience. - © Yucar / Unsplash

The poetry of Warsan Shire – a Kenya born, UK raised, and US based second generation migrant of Somali origin – addresses the topic of journeys. She often deliberately fails to clarify the point of departure and of arrival. In this way, she centres journeys at the heart of the migration experience and removes the focus from nation-states, whilst also using a local, singular perspective to draw attention to global movements of people.

Leah Simmons Wood

Leah Simmons Wood grew up between Kenya and Italy, and later did a History undergraduate degree and a masters in Migration and Mobility Studies at the University of Bristol. She is interested in decolonisation movements, African literature, migration politics and policy in Europe and East Africa, climate change and land rights. As an intern at EURAC Research, she worked under Georg Grote on editing a book on the history of borders in Europe, in which one of her essays - “Taking back control”: Brexit and UK border policies – was included. Leah is looking to continue her research in the following years.


  • africa
  • Migration

Simmons Wood, L. “I’ll see you on the other side”: migrant journeys and the (re)formation of diasporic identities.

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