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


Migrant’ Rights Network newsletter, Feb 09

MRNThe Migrants Rights Network is working for a rights-based approach to migration, with migrants as full partners in developing the policies and procedures which affect life in the UK. Migrants Rights News aims to inform our members and other groups working on migration issues about regional and national policy developments, campaign news, recent research and upcoming events.

At the Heart of Migrants Rights News are the campaigns and strategies being developed by migrants to consolidate their position in British society. We focus on activities that extend the scope of the human, economic and social rights which apply to migrants’ circumstances.

February 2009 MRN newsletter: Continue reading

Scottish Migrants Network Conference at STUC

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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

Continue reading

Shared Futures: Glasgow refugee housing seminar report

A short report on the Shared Futures seminar: a Refugee Week 2008 event in Glasgow that brought together housing providers, planners, funders, support agencies, refugee residents and community organisations.

The Shared Futures seminar was organised by Community InfoSource and Govan Housing Association’s Community Inclusion Coordinator. The aims were to contribute to the local and national housing debate from a refugee perspective, and to update partners on the development of the Door Step project.

(click here to download pdf of this report) Continue reading

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…


STEP Northern Ireland

STEP NI Migrant Workers’ Support Project

S.T.E.P. Migrant Workers’ Support Project has been operating since 2001 when employees and other individuals volunteered advice and guidance for Migrant Workers coming to the Dungannon area.

The following areas are covered by the Migrant Workers’ Support Project at S.T.E.P.
1. Community capacity development
2. Individual support for accessing services, advice and information
3. Language support programme
4. Training opportunities
5. Interpreting & Translation Services

Migrant Support Centre
Individual support to migrant workers is carried out in Migrant Support Centres (one located in Dungannon and a second one located in Portadown). The service is usually accessed by individuals with little or no knowledge of English, who need information and help to access basic services such as Health, Social Security, Home Office, Education services, etc.

Employment Rights
S.T.E.P. is involved in the campaign for equal employment rights for all through:

  • Highlighting exploitation and discrimination
  • Advising on work, social and economic issues
  • Signposting to other assistance
  • Developing relationships with other organisations
  • Recruiting and representing agency members
  • Negotiating union recognition with agencies.


Immigration Advice
The organisation has recently achieved Level 3 status from the O.I.S.C. (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner), for the provision of this Immigration Advice, extending their existing provision of service to Migrant Workers in training, advocacy, employment rights clinics, community development and so on.

Community Development
The Community Development team at S.T.E.P. is involved with a number of projects involving the Migrant Worker community.

Migrant Worker Support Network
S.T.E.P. launched the Migrant Worker Support Network (MWSN) in May 2006. The network was established to allow the sharing of information and resources across all organisations working on Migrant Worker issues.

Contact details

If you wish to find out more about S.T.E.P.’s Migrant Project, please contact:

Alvaro Silva – Community Intepreter (Portuguese/Tetum)
e-mail: alvaro@stepni.org
telephone: 028 877 29002

Petras Slajus – Community Interpreter (Lithuanian)
e-mail: petras@stepni.org
telephone: 028 877 29002

Katie Kmietowicz- Community Interpreter (Polish)
e-mail: kaisak@stepni.org
telephone: 028 877 29002