Opinion

Editorials, guest pieces, analyses, events and updates from the Migrants’ Rights Network, addressing key issues in migration policy, the migration/refugee sector, and the struggles for equality, justice and dignity more broadly.

Rwandan Genocide

Sunday marked the 30th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. In 1994, Hutu groups in Rwanda carried out a genocide against almost one million Tutsis, Hutus and Twas. This anniversary provides an opportunity to remember all those who were killed, subjected to violence, displaced and turned into refugees. We must also recognise the long history of […]

Palestinian Land Day

The relationship between land and forced migration: Palestinians are forcibly displaced or turned into refugees by settler colonial forces, and they are deprived of their ancestral connection to their indigenous land. Palestinians nourish their connection to the land as a form of resistance to displacement and genocide, through planting olive trees and tending to olive

Honouring our heritage: Navigating identity and Igniting Change

A blog by Stella Chiu for Women’s History Month. Stella Chiu, originally from Hong Kong and currently residing in the UK, co-founded Ignite Community Services, a non-profit organisation. She specialises in Corporate Communications and is dedicated to promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). History is a tapestry woven by our ancestors and the legacy passed

Anti-Racism Day 2024

To eliminate racism, we have to eliminate borders! On this International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, we reaffirm our commitment to a world free from all forms of racisms.  Border abolition is essential to the elimination of racial discrimination. This is because borders and border regimes are neo-colonial and racist tools of control,

Femonationalism, migration and colonial legacies

Migrants’ Rights Network x the Decolonial Centre for International Women’s Day 2024. International Women’s Day is about recognising the steps made in the fight for gender “equality”, and the barriers that still exist in dismantling systemic sexism. However, equality should not be the final “destination” in this struggle: we must work towards complete liberation. Furthermore,

International Women’s Day 2024

We dedicate this International Women’s Day to all the women who are forgotten and silenced. From the women in Palestine resisting genocide, to the women fighting for freedom in Congo and Sudan, from the migrant women fighting against the Kafala system, to the trans women resisting gentrification and rainbow capitalism, from the women mobilising against

The policing of transness and migration

A joint blog by MRN and Gendered Intelligence for LGBTQ+ History Month. Content warning: this article contains content pertaining to the asylum process and the process of receiving gender-affirming care. An invasive and dehumanising culture of disbelief, and a reliance on stereotypes by decision makers, contributes to the increased marginalisation of people seeking asylum, trans

The scars of colonialism

“Do we still need to talk about colonialism in this day and age? Hasn’t it become a relic of the past, something to leave behind as we focus on the present?” These questions often come up as a response to anti-colonial sentiments, urging us, migrants from colonies, to leave the past behind and focus on

Commodification of racialised people through immigration systems

Decolonisation means we must interrogate not only the role of colonialism in borders, but also the relationship of colonisation and capitalism. Border regimes are where race, nationality and capitalism meet: they cement Global North/South apartheid and broker deals based on moving and restricting racialised bodies between territories. Border and immigration structures are a mechanism to

“Queering” migration: LGBTQ+ History Month

LGBTQ+ History Month is about increasing the visibility of queer people and their history. It’s also an opportunity to explore and raise awareness of the issues impacting the LGBTQ+ community. At a time where marginalised people, including migrants and queer people, are under increasing attack, talking about the experiences of queer racialised and migrant people

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