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Alina Müller May 16, 2016
As the government prepares to roll out new immigration enforcement measures under the Immigration Act 2016 MRN renews its call for a joint action plan to defend the rights of all migrants.
We never expected to win the battle against the Immigration Bill. In fact, we expected to lose it sooner. In November last year, MRN brought together activists, campaigners and NGOs to discuss joint strategies for defending the rights of migrants in preparation for the impact of a new Immigration Act. Energy and determination Though many of the participants then shared our pessimism, the energy and determination to fight the government’s plans to ‘crack down’ on migrants by further reinforcing a ‘hostile environment’, was palpable.
Don Flynn May 3, 2016
MRN was launched as a networking project in November 2006. As we approach our 10th anniversary what has been learnt about the best ways to win rights for migrants?
It is getting on to ten years since MRN was launched as a project that aimed to improve the capacity of organisations concerned with the rights of migrants of all kinds to network with one another. Back in 2006 it had become clear that the UK, along with other developed market economies across the world, was in the middle of a new ‘Age of Migration’.  Driven in by the globalisation of labour markets the trend for countries like the UK in the years since has been to acquire stocks of migration which are typically in the range of 10 to 15% of their total populations. 
Don Flynn Apr 4, 2016
The Open Generation ‘Festival of Ideas’ will be underway on Friday and Saturday this week. Here are some reasons for thinking that it might just be a rather important event….
There’s a moment of real poignancy in the 1980s’s film comedy ‘Withnail and I’ when the hippy drug-dealer Danny gives his views on our collective failure to make good on all that was promised in the 60s: The greatest decade in the history of mankind is over. And as Presuming Ed here has so consistently pointed out, we have failed to paint it black. Millennials The failings of one generation are destined to become the challenges for the next.  Unfortunately the one that followed the Swinging Sixties proved just as inept. And the task of sorting the mess out, if it is ever going to be done, is falling to the set of people we are learning to call the ‘millennials.’
Sofia Roupakia Mar 29, 2016
Whoever gets to be the Mayor of the capital city will have one of the most powerful voices on the effects of immigration policy in the country. Here are some ideas on what that person could best do to support the rights of one-third of London’s residents.
With a constituency of 8.6 million people candidates for Mayor of London will be seeking a mandate to represent the capital city from one of the largest electorates in Europe, and certainly the most diverse. Over 3 million Londoners were born outside the UK, according to the last census.  Forty-four percent define themselves as being black or from other ethnic minority groups.  More than three-quarters say that English is their first or only language, 20 percent say they speak a second language either well or very well.  
Don Flynn Jan 4, 2016
Welcome to this first MRN blog of the New Year. We hope the seasonal holidays provided the opportunity for some peace and rest for all of you, and you are back in a campaigning mode to face the challenges that 2016 will bring. Here’s our list of five that we think will be to the fore.
Getting the UK to pull its weight in Europe’s refugee crisis With major conflicts continuing to rage across the Middle East, added to by streams of people converging on the region from the war-torn areas of the Horn of Africa and Afghanistan, it is absolutely clear that this is an issue that will continue to dominate the news headline over the coming year.
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