migrant community groups

Don Flynn Feb 2, 2015
The new European Migration Forum held its first meeting in Brussels at the end of January. Focusing on the issue of migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean the event revealed the tension between the views of civil society activists and those of EU officials. If the Forum is to prove a positive development it will have to show it can break this deadlock and provide for the safety of migrants crossing this sea route.
Europe’s efforts to address what is so often presented as an immigration crisis at its external borders continue to push and pull is various contrary directions.  At some points the European Union likes to emphasis its capacity to enforce the policing and management of movement across borders, but at others the maintenance of the continent’s reputation as a region of human rights.  It shouldn’t be doubted that it takes both of these roles seriously and continues to hold out the hope that, through dialogue and negotiation, a way will be found which allows border and immigration controls to be squared with fair treatment and a degree of justice for those who are seeking entry to the countries which are a part of the Union.
Don Flynn Jan 5, 2015 2 Comment(s)
When someone gets around to writing the history of the UK immigration debate, there is a good chance that they will come to see 2014 as the year when things began to turn around and, eventually, tack off in a progressive direction.
Okay, against this sunny optimism are opinion polls which continue to show a large majority in favour of reducing migration levels. A major objection to receiving newcomers – that we are a small island with a finite amount of space – seems still to be firmly in place as a reason why so many people want to see less movement across borders.  But other anti-immigrant arguments have fallen by the wayside during the past year.  Politicians who want to argue that immigration is responsible for the British unemployment levels have been set back by the fact that the total volume of people in work over the past year has increased whilst net inward migration here continued to be strongly positive. 
Ruth Grove-White Jun 23, 2014 1 Comment(s)
MRN held its annual Migration Summit in London last week. The aim was to map out the fight back against the dominant anti-immigration tone of political and public debate ahead of 2015... So what did we find out?
Last week, MRN held its annual Migration Summit in London. This year’s event, held in the wake of the recent UKIP surge in local and EU elections and with less than 12 months to go until next year’s general election, aimed to develop a common sense of the challenges and opportunities for the migration sector over the coming period. MRN’s chief interest was in establishing the scope for joint campaigning ahead of May 2015, in order to maximise our collective impact on public and policy debate. There to help us with that modest task were 75 migrant advocates from across the migration sector and beyond, and our key contributors Julian Huppert MP, Neal Lawson (chair of COMPAS), Alex Glennie (ippr), Saira Grant (JCWI), Eiri Ohtani (Detention Forum), Sunder Katwala (British Future), and many more. So what did we find out from the 2014 Migration Summit?
Don Flynn Jun 16, 2014
We have now entered the final twelve months of the longest general election campaign in British history. That so, it is good to hear that migrant community groups are working together to get messages across to the population about the positive case for migration
The report from our friends and colleagues at Migrant Voice about the representation of the viewpoint of migrants in the mainstream media makes shocking reading.  We are supposed to be right in the middle of a ‘grown-up’ conversation about immigration and its impacts on life in Britain and yet in 77% of the coverage of this issue the people most directly involved in the business of migration do not even get a look in. With these facts as a backdrop, the news that the initiative is being seized by a group of people from migrant communities with a project aimed at elbowing their way to a more prominent position in the public discussion is very welcome.
Don Flynn Jun 3, 2014
The UAF national conference on 14 June will provide a great opportunity to discuss where we have got to to in the fight against racism. MRN will be there facilitating exchanges of ideas on how new migrant communities can be brought into active partnership with the anti-racist movement.
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.
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