Route To Your Rights
Route to your Rights explored how migrants become exposed to problems like homelessness and exploitation at work, and what measures people take to overcome them.
Over 18 months, the project talked to individuals, migrant community organisations, local authorities and other agencies to figure out what factors affect
people’s ability to establish meaningful lives and integrate in the UK, and how to build resistance to vulnerability.
You can find the project’s final report in pdf format here.
The UK Race and Europe Network (UKREN) has been a key partner in MRN’s work over the years. UKREN is a network of local and national organisations across the UK that work to combat race discrimination within a European context, through sharing information between members and co-ordinating action on race equality issues.
The Outsider Project
The Outsider Project was delivered in 2017 in Wolverhampton, Oldham, Boston and Barking and Dagenham. The project supported migrants affected by negative discourse around immigration, promoting instead a positive narrative on the benefits of living in an open society where migration is commonplace.
Led by volunteer Migrant Leaders, the project empowered migrant communities to organise, build bridges with non-migrant populations and seek improvements to their local conditions. Through events and briefing papers, the project also lobbied policymakers and stakeholders and demonstrated the consequences of restrictive immigration policies on local life and communities.
MRN hopes to build on the Outsider Project by further developing its approach adapted from participatory action research, and continuing to work with local migrant communities in England to organise and advocate for their rights.
Reports published by the Outsider Project:
Mobile EU Citizens
One-stop-shops for mobile EU citizens in 2017 aimed to increase the political participation of EU nationals in the countries that they have moved to. The project advised EU nationals on how they could obtain documents to show that they are resident in UK or to obtain British Citizenship.
iStreetWatch was created by volunteers in response to the rise in racist and xenophobic street harassment following the Brexit referendum in June 2016. The platform continues to offer victims and witnesses the means to report hate crime incidents. The tool also maps where these incidents occur, allowing people to see which areas are safer to be in.
Thousands of people took the iStreetWatch pledge, showing their commitment to speaking up in the face of racist or xenophobic harassment in order to make our streets safe for everyone.
The projec engaged with migrant and Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities to demonstrate the usefulness of this reporting mechanism, and the importance of reporting racist and xenophobic hate crimes or incidents.
As part of the project, the timeline of racist and xenophobic hate crimes was also compared to the ongoing debate on immigration and freedom of movement prompted by the EU referendum vote, confirming the link between national discourse and policy, and street-level xenophobia and hate.
To find out more, or to report hate incidents, visit www.istreetwatch.co.uk.
C.O.N.T.A.C.T stands for “Creating an Online Network, monitoring Team and phone App to Counter hate crime Tactics.” It was an EU funded project focusing on hate crime, enabling people to record hate crime incidents via the website and phone app. It also delivered training to the police and officials, and research into hate crime.
This project covered Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Spain and UK.
The Open Generation Platform was designed for anyone who were tired of the levels of polarisation debates around immigration and free movement. We invited young people to think about the society they want to live in and to engage to make that society a reality.