Blogs by Don Flynn
There is a lively industry under way at the moment in the publication of interesting, and sometimes important books in immigration policy.
A fair number are coming off the university presses and some are coming out of the various social policy think-tanks. Every now and again one arrives which is priced and promoted in the hope that it will gain access to the large audience of people who are looking for the ‘grown-up conversation’ on immigration which the politicians promise us, but usually fail to deliver.
MRN is a voracious voice in support of this public discussion, welcoming all contributions and seeking answers to why immigration has become such a feature of the way we live now, and how we can build it into our plans for a better future.
The dangers that confront migrants attempting the hazardous sea voyage from Africa to Europe have been brought home with tragic force in the news of the deaths of as many as 300 people off the Italian island of Lampedusa last week.
For a brief moment the conscience of many people in the destination countries has been stirred by the graphic imagery of television and newspaper accounts. What is needed to drive this encounter with the grim realities of migration even deeper, so that it becomes a permanent part of Europe’s reflection on the consequences of its laws and policies?
Migrants’ Rights Network, in association with Portland Green, is organising a charity premiere screening of La Pirogue (The Boat) at the Riverside Studios on the 17 November.
Ed Miliband's trailed some of the themes he wants to see at the forefront of the Labour Party conference this week on the Andrew Marr show on Sunday morning.
The twelfth Transatlantic Trends review of the state of public opinion in the US and Europe was published last week, which included its usual section on attitudes to immigration.
The IOM's World Migration Review for 2013 has just been published, entitled Migrant Well-being and Development.
It's a hefty volume, 220 pages long in A4 format, taking the patient reader through a wealth of statistics dealing with “four migrant pathways”, the world's top migration corridors, gender, age and skill issues, and finally alighting on potential development impacts.