Since the Brexit referendum, the UK has witnessed an explosion in racism and hate crimes. In the second half of June, when the vote took place, some 3,219 hate crimes and incidents were reported to the British police forces. This represented a 37 percent increase compared to the same period last year. But it wasn’t the vote itself that…Read more
This blog was first published in September 2015, following Nazek Ramadan's first visit to Calais.
Entering the Calais migrant camp is like stepping out of Europe and into another time and space. I spent the day there earlier this month and at times it felt more like some of the poorest parts of the world rather than France.
An EU…Read more
Building ever taller fences and sending in dogs to chase desperate people fleeing war, conflicts and human right abuses will not solve the situation in Calais. It will merely push people to use other routes.
What we are seeing in Calais and the Mediterranean is evidence of Europe's asylum and migration policies and processes failing. The current crisis has been…Read more
The crisis in the Mediterranean is and must be seen as a humanitarian one. Fundamentally, everyone who is in trouble at sea must be rescued according to existing international law. The decision to save someone’s life at sea should never be determined by their nationality, visa or immigration status.
Therefore, Migrant Voice believes that re-establishing a functional search and rescue…Read more
With the release of the latest migration figures today from the Office for National Statistics it seems that the Government will not be able to achieve its planned net migration target. As a migrant I am concerned about the use of the concept of net migration. The discourse about the net migration target reduces people to numbers and statistics which…Read more
The Tilbury Docks tragedy is yet another sign of the desperation that drives many fellow human beings into taking unimaginable risks to move across borders. This tragedy is not the first and won't be the last attempt by individuals and families wanting to bring change to their lives and get out of a situation they were either born into or…Read more
Which group of people are least visible in the British media? Those with disabilities? Gay and lesbian people? The answer may in fact be migrants. My organisation, Migrant Voice, was set up to help migrants of all kinds speak up in public debates. Our members range from asylum seekers and refugees to immigrants working in high-powered jobs in the public…Read more
How does knowledge about medieval stained glass and Monty Python make you a better citizen?
According to Mark Harper, the Immigration Minister, the latest edition of ‘Life in the United Kingdom’, the test for migrants who wish for settlement or citizenship in the UK, will help ensure migrants are ready and able to integrate into British society.
It is unreasonable…Read more