Migration Pulse

Migration pulse is a web space open to guest reporters and activists writing on migration.
Please note that these blogs represent only the opinions of the author and not necessarily those of MRN.
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February 14, 2017Chai Patel
Half a century ago parliament passed the Race Relations Act, making it illegal to refuse housing to any person on racial grounds. A report on the right to rent scheme – which forces private landlords carry out immigration checks on prospective tenants – shows that foreigners and British citizens without passports, particularly those from ethnic minorities, face serious discrimination
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January 5, 2017Charlotte Gerada
Make no mistake; Britain's decision to leave the European Union is historic, writes Campaign group Undivided's Charlotte Gerada. The consequences, whatever you think of them, will be with us for decades. Which is why charity leaders and young people got organised, creating a campaign aiming to get the best Brexit deal for our country’s next generation. After all, we’re the ones who will live with the outcome the longest.
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December 27, 2016Caitilin McMillan
In Greece’s refugee camps, as the crisis stretches into years, meeting people’s longer-term needs beyond immediate survival is now critical. One group of Londoners journeyed to Oinofyta refugee camp to look for small, concrete ways to make a difference.
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December 19, 2016Tanya Warlock
The TUC has joined other unions around Europe to mark International Migrants Day (18 December) by calling for undocumented migrants to have their rights respected.
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December 7, 2016Saliha Majeed, Lily Parrott and Laura Stahnke
Can film challenge the hateful rhetoric that simplistically reduces migrants to enemies or victims? The organisers of the London Migration Film Festival (LMFF) think so. Here they tell the story of how they pulled off organising the very first LMFF.
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November 21, 2016David Fedele
The refugee crisis arcing across Africa and the Middle East and onto the shores of Europe has been the object of many a film-maker’s attention. But what would happen if you put the camera into the hands of someone making the perilous journey? A new venture starting on the African continent aims to find out.
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November 15, 2016Leela Jadhav
Refugees are almost always portrayed or seen as helpless victims with little or nothing to offer - a ‘burden’ that must be borne by the countries that accept them. But that’s not the story you find if you dig a little deeper to see the indomitable entrepreneurial spirit that’s behind some success stories of self-reliance and sheer hard work that prove this view to be very wide of the mark.
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November 10, 2016Katia Bianchini
Stateless people in the UK face destitution, exploitation and the prospect of repeated periods of detention. The system needs fixing argues a new report from the European Network on Statelessness.
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November 2, 2016Sohail Jannesari
Politicians, commentators, charity workers and others are busily engaged in discussing the refugee crisis. But does anyone stop to listen to what those fleeing persecution (and sometime worse) have to say about how we should handle it?
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November 2, 2016Guste Sadaunykaite
In the UK the debate about immigration is heavily weighted towards seeing migrants as a ‘burden’ – putting pressure on public services and relying on benefits. This picture is a gross distortion, of course. And what about the super-entrepreneur migrants who create jobs and help to fill the Treasury’s coffers? says Guste Sadaunykaite.