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New Report: Measuring well-governed migration – The 2016 Migration Governance Index

New Report:

Measuring well-governed migration – The 2016 Migration Governance Index

Poorly managed migration can lead to harm, danger and insecurity, says a report from the Economist Intelligence Unit. It can encourage migrant smuggling and human trafficking, as well as social unrest, xenophobia and discrimination—as observed amid Europe’s ongoing “migration crisis”. It can also create missed opportunities when receiving and sending countries are blocked from harnessing the development gains available through mobility.

Well-governed migration brings profound benefits to both “receiving” and “sending” countries. Receiving countries get productive workers who fill key gaps in the labour market and help their demographic profiles. Sending countries receive billions of dollars in remittances from their overseas workers, attract investment from affluent members of their diaspora, and leverage the benefits of “circular migration” when returning emigrants bring back their skills, expertise, contacts and personal wealth.

Text courtesy of Migrants’ Rights Network – Poorly managed migration harmful says report.


Re-blo from MRN: Charity premiere of La Pirogue to kick off the “Our Day 2013 campaign”

re-blogged from Migrants’ Rights Network –  Charity premiere of La Pirogue to kick off the “Our Day 2013 campaign”

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.

La Pirogue was acclaimed at the recent Cannes Film Festivals as one of the most important works to come out of Francophone African cinema during the last year.

Directed by a Senegal’s Moussa Toure, it tells the harrowing tale of an attempted boat journey from West Africa to the Spanish territory of the Canary Islands. This, and similar journeys from North Africa shores, is the route attempted by tens of thousands of men and women each year, often accompanied by children, intent on finding work in Europe’s industries and services.

They venture out on seas heavily patrolled by coast guards and naval vessels which aim to close down the safest of these routes, with the effect that the dangers are multiplied for those who feel compelled to take the risk.

The screening of the film will be followed by a panel discussion led by prominent writers and commentators on contemporary migration, including Hsiao-Hung Pai, whose recent books include Scattered Sand: The story of China’s rural migrants and Dr Hein de Haas, the Oxford University authority on African migration. Other contributors will be there to talk about the role of cinema and film in telling the story of migration in the world today.

This film screening will be opening event in the 2013 Our Day campaign. Our Day unites supporters of migrants and their fight for rights in four weeks of activity which culminates on 18 December, the United Nations International Migrants Day.

Full article – –  Charity premiere of La Pirogue to kick off the “Our Day 2013 campaign”

For more information about the screening, and to book your ticket, go to Riverside Studios Booking.



MRN Meeting: MEETING: Beds in sheds and Rogue Landlords

MEETING: Beds in sheds and Rogue Landlords

Date: 16 October 2013, 10:30 – 12:00 (lunch to follow)

Venue: Barrow Cadbury Trust, 6 Kean Street, London, WC2B 4AS (map)

I would like to invite you to a discussion on the new MRN Briefing on Beds in Sheds and Rogue Landlords. This will be led by John Perry, Advisor to MRN on Housing and Migration, followed by a panel discussion.

The paper discusses recent topical issues of ‘beds in sheds’, ‘rogue landlords’ and ‘undocumented immigrants’; considers evidence for connecting the issues; and outlines the action which the government and local councils are taking.

The event will also include advice for community organisations involved in tackling poor housing conditions for migrants who need to know about the remedies available.

Places are limited, so if you are attending please RSVP to Momtaz Rahman at m.rahman@migrantsrights.org.uk

Parliamentary inquiry into new family migration rules

APPG on Migration prepares to launch new family migration inquiry | Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN).

Sponsoring a spouse, partner or elderly relative to come to the UK has never been easy, but in July 2012 the door slammed shut for many people altogether. This week a new inquiry launched by the APPG on Migration and headed up by shadow Equalities Minister Kate Green MP will begin to take evidence on the impacts of these rule changes on individuals and communities across the UK.

In particular the Committee will look at the new minimum earnings requirement of £18,600 for people wanting to bring their spouse or partner to join them in the UK. It’s estimated that 47% of the British working population earns less than this – and the Home Office anticipates that over 15,000 couples per year will be kept apart as a result of the new rules.

The Committee will also review new requirements for bringing adult or elderly dependents to the UK, including that applicants need long-term personal care in the UK which cannot be provided by anyone but the UK-based sponsor. The changes are expected to reduce the number of elderly parents and grandparents able to come to the UK from just short of 3000 per year to the hundreds.

The new APPG Migration family migration inquiry has been launched in order to allow concerned parliamentarians to consider a wide range of views and evidence on the rule changes. It will be led by Kate Green MP, shadow equalities minister, chair of a parliamentary committee which includes Sarah Teather MP, Paul Uppal MP, Jack Dromey MP, Baroness Hamwee and Lord Hussain. The inquiry will be coordinated by the APPG on Migration, and will take evidence from all interested parties – from individuals directly affected by the rule changes, economists, employers, trades unions, thinktanks and community organisations – about the impacts of the new rules and the way forward. 

Since these new rules came into force, MRN has received many phone calls and emails from people who are devastated by the impacts of the rule changes. It is our view that family life for many groups across the UK has been thrown into jeopardy, including young couples, people from many Asian communities, pensioners and people living in areas with lower-than-average earnings. However, this is an opportunity for groups, analysts and individuals to highlight a wide range of experiences and analysis relevant to this issue. We hope that all those with an interest and stake in the family migration rules will take part in submitting evidence over the coming weeks and months.

Full details of the APPG Migration family migration inquiry will be circulated on Tuesday 20 November 2012, and will be available on the APPG Migration website. Please note that all evidence should be submitted via the APPG Migration website or sent to info@appgmigration.org.uk and not sent directly to the committee members.


EVENT INVITATION: Commonwealth Migration: learning from the past, anticipating the future – 14 June

*** Apologies for Cross Posting ***

You are invited to attend…

Commonwealth Migration: learning from the past, anticipating the future

14 June, 6:30pm – 9pm
Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG
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Immigration from the countries of the Commonwealth has played an important part in creating modern day Britain. Yet from the 1960s through to the political debates of the present day it has also proven to be intensely controversial, polarising large parts of the population into pro- and anti-migration campaigns.

To mark the significance of the 50th anniversary of the first Commonwealth Immigrants Act, the scholar and prominent commentator on immigration policy, Professor Nigel Harris, will set out his views on the world created by immigration control legislation and ask whether this approach will be sustainable if future years see a shift in the global economic and political order.

 With responses from:

Dr Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah (Chair), Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society
Professor Satvinder Juss, Kings College
Patsy Robertson, Chair of the Ramphal Institute
Dr Ike Anya, Consultant in public health medicine


Migrants' Rights Network

New Publications on Children in Detention; Asylum Support; MRN; Faith; Trafficking; Immigration Rules; Syria; and Displacement

Captured Childhood

Captured Childhood

Captured Childhoods: Introducing a new model to ensure the rights and liberty of refugee, asylum seeker and irregular migrant children affected by immigration detention.
A new report by the Immigration Detention Coalition.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: IRIN – MIGRATION: Too many migrant children locked up).

Networks of Asylum Support in the UK and USA: A Handbook of Ideas, Strategies and Best Practice for Asylum Support Groups in a Challenging Social and Economic Climate’.  A new report by the Asylum Network.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network)

Migrants’ Rights Network Progress Report 2006-2011.
(Source: Migrants’ Rights Network)

Faith on the Move: The Religious Affiliation of International Migrants
The Pew Forum on Religion in Public Life.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: The Pew Forum on Religion in Public Life)

An evidence assessment of the routes of human trafficking into the UK
By Kevin Marsh, Rashmi Sarmah, Phil Davies, Emma Froud, Jacque Mallender, Elizabeth Scalia, Tony Munton (Matrix Knowledge Group); and
Andrew Zurawan, Laura Powlton, and Carolyne Tah (Analysis, Research and Knowledge Management, UK Border Agency)
[Download Full Report]
(Source:  Home Office)

Statement of Changes to Immigration Rules:  HC1888.
UK Home Office.
[Download Full Report]
(Source:  Home Office)

`I wanted to die’: Syria’s torture Survivors Speak Out
Amnesty International
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Amnesty International – Syria: New report finds systemic and widespread torture and ill-treatment in detention).

Sanctuary in the City

Sanctuary in the City

Sanctuary in the city? Urban displacement and vulnerability in Amman.
HPG Working Papers, March 2012.
By Sara Pavanello and Simone Haysom for the Humanitarian Policy Group.
[Download Full Report]
(Source:  Humanitarian Policy Group).

What does the future hold for IDPs living in camps in Centre Masisi? Return, local integration, and settlement elsewhere in the country.

For over five years, thousands of displaced people have been living in camps in North Kivu. This report analyses the camps of Bihito, Kalinga, Kilimani, and Lushebere, located in Masisi, a territory especially affected by displacement. In order to gain a better understanding of durable solutions that are suitable for the IDPs living in the camps, this report investigates the causes behind their displacement, as well as their living conditions and their prospects for the future. Finally, it offers concrete suggestions to the actors involved, such as authorities in DRC, as well as international and Congolese organisations that provide assistance and protection to IDPs in the camps and support durable solutions to their displacement.

[Download Summary and recommendations)
(Source: Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre)

Conference: Migration, the Media and the Message, 29-30 March 2010

Migration, the Media and the Message

Migrants using media to turn around the immigration debate

University of East London, 29-30 March 2010

A European conference jointly organised by the ‘Migrants and the Media Project’ (MMP) and CMRB for groups involved in media and cultural activities, which promote a positive engagement with the issue of migration.

Contributors to plenary sessions will include: Don Flynn (Migrants’ Rights Network), Nazek Ramadan, Aine O’Brien (FOMACS, Ireland) and Mica Nava (UEL).

Workshops include: FOMACS’ digital video-making and radio journalism (Ireland), CEPAIM’s ‘La Ruta Prometida ‘ exhibition (Spain), Mendek’s poster campaign (Hungary), Migrant Resource Centre’s ‘New Londoners’ journalism project (UK), Playback Theatre (UK), CRWI on women and the media (Greece).

For information, please contact: Cristina Andreatta at Migrants’ Rights Networkc.andreatta@migrantsrights.org.uk