MSPs listen to Migrant Voices on OURDAY2013

GMT 16:04 Friday ,17 January 2014

 Migrant Voice - MSPs listen to Migrant Voices on OURDAY2013

Migrants’ Rights Scotland with Migrant Voice and the support of Christina McKelvie MSP joined with migrants from across Scotland to commemorate International Migrants Day, OUR DAY 2013, on 17 December. It was an opportunity for all to share knowledge and experience about migrants’ significant contribution to the nation and to discuss how rights-based immigration policy can bring added benefits to Scotland and the UK. The Scottish Government’s Minister for External Affairs, Humza Yousaf, attended the full meeting and listened to a cross-sector range of views on the impact of recent immigration policy in Scotland. He also heard clear suggestions from attendees on the possible ways forward to achieve fair and humane policies for migrants here. See a video of the evening’s discussion which brought forward some frank and honest views about how a “toxic” public issue can be handled differently. As Twimukye Mushaka, one of the panellists, stated: “Migrants are part of the solution.” The full panel who started off the evening’s discussion were: Dr Rowena Arshad, Edinburgh University and CERES Dr Philomena de Lima, University of Highlands and Islands Prof Robert Wright, Strathclyde University Prof Christina Boswell, Edinburgh University Ms Sarah Craig, Glasgow University & GRAMNet Prof Geoff Palmer, Heriot Watt University and ELREC Ms Twimukye Mushaka, Migrant Voice Mr Maciej Dokurno, Fife Migrants Forum Migrant Voice’s Engaging Pictures, an exhibition of photographic portraits of migrants in Scotland was on view after the meeting. This article originally appeared on: where you can also listen to an audio recording of the evening's discussion.   Photo: Minister for External Affairs Humza Yousaf, Christina McKelvie MSP, John Finnie MSP and Christian Allard MSP meet panelists Prof Robert Wright, Prof Geoff Palmer, Maciej Dokurno, Prof Christina Boswell and Sarah Craig. Jason Bergen of Migrant Voice, 5th from left.

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