Migrants’ Rights Network newsletter

mrntabIn June’s newsletter:

(1) Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill hits the Commons amid protests

(2) MRN releases Irregular Migration report in Parliament on 2nd June

(3) Immigration statistics show drop in A8 nationals coming to UK

(4) Court decision on the right of asylum seekers to work in the UK

(5) Concern about the tone of UKBA publicity materials

(6) Migrants and Climate Change: A Call to Action

(7) Reports and Research

(8) Upcoming Events

(9) Other Announcements

To read the full newsletter, please visit: http://www.migrantsrights.org.uk/downloads/newsletters/MRN_Newsletter_Jun09.pdf


Polish Cultural Festival: Edinburgh, April 09

The Polish Cultural Festival in Edinburgh will be the biggest and one of the most important Polish cultural events taking place in Scotland this year.

During the last week of April (23-26 April 2009) the city of Edinburgh will become the scene for a number of exciting events presenting the best of Polish culture.

Polish Cultural Festival website>>

Scottish Migrants Network Conference at STUC

SMN website

Workers Rights are Migrant Rights!

Scottish Migrants Network Hosts Conference at STUC

As the recession begins to bite across Scotland it is vital that all workers, including migrants, are aware of their rights at work. The Scottish Migrants Network (SMN) sponsored a half-day conference for migrant workers and support organisations in Scotland to share policy and practice five years after accession. The conference saw the launch of a new poster campaign to raise awareness of basic employment rights for migrant workers. Continue reading

Migrant Rights Network newsletter

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Migrants Rights News ~ No: 12, from the Migrant Rights Network
November 2008

  • Parliamentary “Prayer” urged around New Changes to Immigration Rules
  • MRN Launches Research into Government’s ‘Civil Penalty Regime’
  • Migrants used as ‘Guinea Pigs’ for Controversial ID Card Scheme
  • Migration, Demography and Recession fire up CBI Migration Summit Debates
  • Reports and Research
  • Upcoming Events

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Migrant Cities Conference – Glasgow, 26 Nov 08

The British Council is running a series of migration conferences in eight European cities

Migrant Cities Conference
Glasgow, Trades Hall

26 November 2008

Migration – Challenges and Opportunities

The impact of migration is changing the nature of the cities throughout Europe. The Migrant Cities conference will consider and address the opportunities and challenges that this poses in the wider context of intercultural dialogue and community relations.

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Roma in Govanhill: film, 17 Oct, Glagow

Part of the Document 6 Film Festival

Friday 17th October, 7:30pm

CCA, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

Roma of Govanhill
Janos Kovacs
Janos Joka Daroczi

Hungary | 2008 | 20 mins

Since the industrial revolution, Glasgow, like Liverpool or London, is a city whose identity has largely been forged by successive waves of immigration, from the Gaels of the 19th Century fleeing the Clearances to the Polish visitors of the present day.

The neighbourhood of Govanhill on the South Side of Glasgow has historically played host to many new cultures arriving in the city, from the Irish to the Jewish communities, and later to Asian families from India and Pakistan. Post-EU Accession, the most recent of these have been Slovakian citizens of the Romani people.

Made by Roma Magazine for Magyar TV in Hungary, this film sets out to show life in Govanhill today as experienced by the Roma and others in this mixed neighbourhood.

link: Document 6 Film Festival

Scottish Migrants Network: August 2008 update

SMN Update: Forthcoming Events, Conferences and Other Information August 2008

  • TUC call for an end to the Worker Registration Scheme (WRS) – please consider sending a message of support: more info…
  • UNISON launches migrant workers’ charter to challenge rogue employers – please consider lobbying your MSP to support the charter so there will be a parliamentary debate. more info…
  • New Joseph Rowntree Foundation research: ‘Immigration and Social Cohesion in the UK: The rhythms and realities of everyday life’ more info…
  • The University of the West of Scotland has produced a report and a briefing paper, commissioned by Oxfam and the South East Glasgow Community Health and Care Partnership, on the situation of the Roma Community in Govanhill, Glasgow. more info…
  • Action of Churches Together in Scotland is organising a conference called Scottish Churches and Contemporary Migration on Wednesday 8th October, more info…
  • COSLA is organising a conference called ‘Managing Migration: A public sector dialogue on migration to Scotland’ on 14th November in Glasgow, more details…
  • The New Migrants Action Project at Positive Action in Housing will be holding an information session for new migrants on Friday 3rd October from 10am-6pm at the Assembly Rooms, George St, Edinburgh. More information from: www.paih.org
  • Mackay Hannah are organizing a conference called ‘Migrant Workers in Scotland – New Citizens, New Services: The Challenges and Opportunities for Scotland’s Public Services and Private Sector’ on 3rd November in Edinburgh. More details…
  • The British Council funded ‘Migrant Cities’ research is being launched in Glasgow on 25th and 26th November, venue and times to be confirmed. More info…
  • A new report has been produced for the TUC Commission on Vulnerable Employment: ‘Migrant Workers and Vulnerable Employment. more info...
  • There is a new website for migrants living in the Borders. more info…