Blogs by Jan Brulc
The letter was printed in today's Times. As we couldn't find an online copy to share the link here's the original text we submitted to the editor.
Following a news article reporting that Mayor of London was accused of encouraging "health tourism" for producing an easy-to-access information leaflet on how to access medical help in London for migrants, MRN along with 5 leading healthcare charities put together a letter to the editor clarifying some of the facts about migrants and healthcare and calling on the GLA to keep information about access to healthcare available online. MRN, alongside other groups, was involved in the development of the booklet, which was produced by the Greater London Authority and has been endorsed by the Royal College of GPs.
The last five years have been eventful for MRN. We have grown from a small project to a fully-fledged organisation with a broad programme of activities and seven members of staff. This report highlights key events and milestones in our journey so far, from advocacy and project work to growth in the team and our network. Although MRN’s story is just beginning, we are proud to showcase our work and impact over the last five years in this report.
It's time to say thank you
Let's first of all focus on the celebrations. MRCF in partnership with other organisations will be hosting a ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall tonight from 6pm to celebrate migrant women activists.
The idea is simple and powerful. Migrating to a new country brings many challenges and it is often women who step forward and find solutions on behalf of a wider group and help more vulnerable members of the community. They fight for equality, challenge prejudice and come up with innovative, practical and strategic solutions for those in need and all while working, studying and raising families.
While the immigration minister might think that "reforms are starting to take effect” it is difficult to see this reflected in the net migration numbers. These figures are proving extremely resilient to any drop. The principal reason is that the emigration number – people leaving the country - is running low. In fact emigration has declined from a peak of 427,000 in 2008 to 336,000 in 2011, while the number of people coming into the country stayed roughly the same.