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Empowering Migrants

Migrant Aspiration Programme

MRN have received funding from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust to develop a comprehensive training programme called the Migrants Aspiration Programme (MAP). 

This programme will seek to support the development of potential migrant leaders by developing their roles as community leaders, board members, trustees and political leaders within their own communities. 

This programme is designed to be shaped to suit the needs of our participants. Once accepted into the programme, we will seek to understand their specific interests early-on, so that we can include relevant information to their context. The sessions will be delivered by Migrants’ Rights Network and will include specialist modules from experts on campaigning, democratic participation and lobbying, storytelling, media training and trustee development.

Know Your Rights Guide

We have written this guide for all migrants living in the UK, including those without documents and those trying to regularise their immigration status, including asylum seekers.

This guide is to help you understand your rights in a situation where immigration rules are changing regularly. It is also useful for anyone who cannot prove they are British or have Indefinite Leave to Remain, for example if you don’t have a passport or immigration documents. Other migrants, including those from the European Union, refugees and those with Limited Leave to Remain will also find it useful.

In recent years, the government has been making it harder for all migrants to live their lives without the fear of immigration checks and the threat of deportation or removal from the country. The government hopes that this will force many to leave the UK. They also want to discourage other people from coming into the country.

This guide will explain:

  1. What your rights are
  2. How changes in the law may affect you
  3. What you can do if you face challenges
  4. Where you can go for support and advice

The guide was produced and coordinated by Migrants’ Rights Network. Our contributors are: Against Borders for Children, Doctors of the World UK, Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX), Liberty, Migrants at Work, Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN), Open Rights Group, Project 17, Victim Support & Welsh Refugee Council. With thanks to the following for their work on the first version of this guide: Emma Gardiner, Jean Demars, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), StopWatch, Stop Hate UK, Respond Crisis Translation

All of these organisations have come together to write this guide because we exist to defend and promote the rights of all migrants. We hope that it will help you to understand how the law affects you and what you can do.

Know Your Rights & Telling Our Own Stories Workshops

The ‘Know Your Rights’ training & TOOS (Telling Our Own Stories) workshop, supported migrants in understanding their rights and how to assert themselves in 9 key areas of everyday life: banking, driving, digital rights, education, employment, health, housing, NRPF, and social services. There was a strong focus on NRPF with partners, such as Project 17, covering how issues can affect individuals at different parts of the immigration application process. The workshops, delivered by an expert campaigner, also explored how individuals can interrogate their own stories, take ownership of them and choose what narrative gets told..

By far the most successful part of the programme was the focus on rights. The following is some of the feedback received from the webinar series:

“It was good, I enjoyed it so much. It was good to practice my English too. It is very helpful to learn more from others that are not in the Latin American community because I am not as connected with these people and organisations.”

“We found it all very interesting and I have shared some of the workshop materials with others that I thought would enjoy them too. I especially liked the session about how to share and own our own stories, as this practice is quite useful for connecting with others.”