Migrant Voice's third annual conference

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Migrant Voice's Third annual conference

The immigration debate: the facts, the rhetoric and the voices; Initiating an inclusive debate and raising alternative voices and messages

May 10th - May 11th at Amnesty International, The Human Rights Action Centre, London EC2A 3EA

Migrant Voice organised its annual, national conference, initiating an inclusive debate on migration, examining public attitude and media representation of migrants, and raising alternative voices and messages.

The two-day event kicked off with a ‘Question Time’ session, chaired by Prof Kurt Barling, BBC News and Middlesex University. The prominent panelists had a lively discussion on the current migration issues and the state of the debate as well as the media coverage of migrants. Topics discussed included the latest developments following the UKIP gains in local elections; the government’s new immigration restriction plans in the Queen’s speech, immigration legislation, etc.

Panelists were Sarah Teather, Liberal Democrat MP, Jean Lambert, Green Party MEP, David Goodhart, journalist, author, and Director of the thinktank Demos, Dr. Jairo Lugo-Ocando, Department of journalism studies, Sheffield University, Sarah Mulley, Associate Director for Migration and Communities, IPPR and Rita Chadha, Chief Executive Officer, Refugee and Migrant Forum of East London.

A summation of the ‘Question Time’ session was presented to the plenary by Bridget Anderson, Professor of Migration and Citizenship and Deputy Director at COMPAS, Oxford University.

Day one featured a messaging workshop and a ‘mash-up session presenting creative and inspiring communication projects and a networking reception.

Day two engaged members of the Migrant Voices for Change Network in hands-on media training by journalists from the Evening Standard, ITN and Oneworld.net, as well as facilitated discussions on building the Migrant Voice movement and its strategies and messaging.

The conference also launched Migrant Voice’s photo exhibition ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’, as part of Migrant Voice European partnership project ‘Face2Face’. The conference saw more than 160 participants from our networks in London, Birmingham and Glasgow coming together with other migrants, the media, academics and the public from a number of cities across the UK.

A full conference report will be available soon.

Please follow this link for our storify account of the day: http://storify.com/MigrantVoiceUK/migrant-voice-third-annual-conference-2013 Also see: #MVConf13      

 

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