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Cover photo by Dan Perjovski

‘Romanians are vampires sucking up the jobs of the British’ – Paul

I have written here before about the Romanian community in London, and in particular about a group of Romanian Roma workers who face various difficulties, including civil charges, irregular status due to the long waiting time involved in obtaining work permits, debt and poverty. The recommendations we made to improve the life of this group of vulnerable migrants include: developing an awareness campaign on the rights of Roma in the UK, demanding transparency from the ex-UKBA, investigating the refusal to issue national insurance numbers, organising peer support through community organisations and making return migration a viable option for this group of Romanians.

We added our voice to the efforts made by other organisations and institutions in raising awareness of the Romanian community in the UK, focusing on aspects of their lives as migrants who travelled from Romania for various reasons, such as working, studying, re-uniting with family, or simply having new experiences.

I am a Romanian-British who moved to the UK 14 years ago. With the passing of time I have observed, especially in the last two years, how the public perception of Romanians (and Bulgarians) has gone from bad to worse. I wonder whether the media and politicians who manipulate this perception for their own benefit, such as increasing their sales or getting votes through scaremongering, have met a Romanian in person or have been to Romania to find out what these people are like and how they understand life in Britain. I invite those involved in their pursuit of scaremongering against the Romanian community to look at us through different eyes.

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News: UK Border Agency | UK Border Agency’s transition to Home Office

03 May 2013

On 1 April 2013 the UK Border Agency was split into two separate units within the Home Office: a visa and immigration service and an immigration law enforcement division. By creating two entities instead of one, we will be able to create distinct cultures. First, a high-volume service that makes high-quality decisions about who comes here, with a culture of customer satisfaction for businessmen and visitors who want to come here legally. And second, an organisation that has law enforcement at its heart and gets tough on those who break our immigration laws.

Over time we will move the content from the UK Border Agency’s website to the Government’s digital service at http://www.gov.uk. In the meantime, new and updated content added to this website will reflect the new Home Office structure and brand.

These organisational changes to the UK Border Agency do not affect the validity of any reference to the agency in any document or form on this website. The UK’s Immigration Rules will also remain in force.

via UK Border Agency | UK Border Agency’s transition to Home Office.

Re-blog: Stuck in traffic: How helpful is the trafficking framework? | The COMPAS Blog

By: Bridget Anderson, Professor of Migration and Citizenship and Deputy Director of COMPAS

‘Trafficking’ seems to extend the audience of those engaged with the human rights of migrants. Even those who are not usually sympathetic to the plight of undocumented migrants can engage with the plight of ‘victims of trafficking’ and respond to calls for their protection. Trafficking also seems to offer a rare patch of common ground between migrant advocates and state actors, both concerned to stop exploitation and abuse.

However in practice, anti-trafficking approaches have proved deeply problematic. How helpful is the trafficking framework?

Stuck in traffic: How helpful is the trafficking framework? | The COMPAS Blog

To ask this question is not to put into question the undoubted abuse, injustice, extortion, rape, violence and murder experienced by migrants, particularly undocumented migrants. There is also no question that this happens, and that the vulnerable are exploited (a tricky term though) in myriad horrendous ways.

Full article available via Stuck in traffic: How helpful is the trafficking framework? | The COMPAS Blog.

Lessons from the earthquake in Haiti: A survey on the IDPs and on the resettled households (April 2012)


The following is a summary of the research report n°3 of the ACP Observatory on Migration “Quelles Solutions Après le Séisme en Haïti: Une Enquête Auprès des Déplacés Internes” prepared by Youssef Courbage (BRIDES), Frantz Fortunat (BRIDES), PierreGuedj (BRIDES) and Thibaut Jaulin (MPC-EUI) (ACPOBS/2013/PUB03).

The earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010 resulted in a great number of casualties and massive destruction, in particular in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince, with an estimated 220 000 deaths, 300 000 injured and 1,5 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). More than three years after the earthquake, in April 2013, the number of IDPs is estimated to be 320 000, scattered across 385 camps, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The living conditions in the camps are extremely difficult due to lack of hygiene and security, threat of expulsion, lack of resources, etc. The implementation of resettlement programs (T-shelter, reconstruction of…

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The Karen

Service Learning in Thailand

By: Amanda Phillips & Kristin Harko



Due to war, persecution, or violence many people are forced to flee their own country.  Everyday these people fear persecution based on race, religion, nationality, group membership, or political standing.  More often than not, these people cannot return to their home countries and seek refuge in a second or third country permanently.  These people seeking refuge are known as refugees.  An expanding group of refugees found in Salt Lake City, Utah is the Karen refugees from Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand.

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