Blogs by Don Flynn
MRN is pleased to be involved in the national conference of Unite Against Fascism (UAF) – taking place at the central London headquarters of the Trades Union Congress on Saturday 14th June.
It ought to be no great surprise to find that one of the earliest responses to the apparent rise of Ukip as an electoral force during the past fortnight has been the ‘Get Tough’ mutterings from a small group of Labour MPs.
It has been no surprise to find that immigration has played a big part in deciding the outcome of the European Parliamentary elections last week, and also influenced the vote for local elections in England.
For anyone concerned with the rights of migrants, the gloomiest prognosis of where we might be four days ahead of polling for the European Parliamentary and local elections was that a strong anti-immigration narrative was being injected into the public discussion by the mainstream parties and this was pointing to a landslide victory for parties demanding a clampdown on the movement of people.
The seventh annual gathering of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) is currently underway in Stockholm, Sweden.
The Forum came into tentative existence back in 2006 following a decision of a ‘high level dialogue’ session of the United Nations. This had met to consider the report of the then Secretary General, Kofi Annan’s Global Commission on Migration and Development.