Trans+ History Week

This week marks Trans+ History Week. As part of our Who Is Welcome, Gender Queerness and Migration campaign, we have been continually reflecting on the intersections of border violence and transphobia, and how these histories of oppression continue to animate our present. Trans and GNC migrants and radicalised people face the most acute end of […]

Cross-border surveillance and racial profiling: the EU Migration Pact and the UK

“… not a fortress Europe, but a well-guarded house, with more secure external borders and clear rules on who is entitled to enter”  European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas The European Parliament has adopted the New Pact on Migration and Asylum (EU Migration Pact). Despite the claims by the European Commission Vice President, this is no

Diaspora Dyke Manifesto

To mark Lesbian Visibility Week 2024, we’re proud to launch our Diaspora Dyke Manifesto as part of our Who is Welcome: Gender, Queerness and Migration. In the UK and in many parts of the Western world, attacks against marginalised people have increased. Whether this is by rolling back on trans rights including reducing access to

dislocated diasporic identities: A Poem by Dija for Lesbian Visibility Week 2024

It is always easier to count backwards from the end thanforward from the beginning. Easier to orient yourself in yourown countdown than history’s fickle hands of time. Forget themassacred family they had to leave behind, the lips crackeddry with starvation and every heaving breath tasting likeblood. You’re not concerned with the women that came beforeyou

Erasure, Lesbophobia and Migration: Lesbian Visibility Week 2024

**Content warning: This article includes references to homophobia, transphobia, sexual violence and misogyny Today marks the first day of Lesbian Visibility Week 2024. ‘Visibility’ goes beyond merely ‘being seen’ or highlighting a problem, but also the ways in which something is complex or has not been addressed until now. Exploring how gender and queerness intersect

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,

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 Burden of Proof

As part of our Who is Welcome: Gender, Queerness and Migration campaign, we explore how the burden of proof harms queer, trans and GNC people in the asylum system.

Islamophobia Awareness Month 2023

The theme for this year’s Islamophobia Awareness Month is #MuslimStories. Muslim voices are incredibly important to amplify, especially given the rise in Islamophobic scapegoating. At MRN, we believe in the transformative power of storytelling, especially from Muslim communities who are affected by multiple systems of oppression, such as queer Muslims, Muslim asylum seekers, Black Muslims,

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