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Migrants’ rights are key to development

Migrants’ rights are key to development

Professor Heaven Crawley has nearly 30 years’ experience of undertaking research on international migration in a variety of settings (government, voluntary sector, national and international organisations, academia). She was previously head of asylum and migration research at the UK Home Office (2000-2002) and now leads the UKRI GCRF South-South Migration;…

Elene’s journey from Georgia to Belgium

Elene’s journey from Georgia to Belgium

When Elene was 9 years old, she left her native Georgia on a journey for a new home. The trip to Belgium and the following few years deeply marked Irina, who, as a young child, was overwhelmed by the huge changes in her life. Now, after having lived in Belgium for many years, she is an Executive Assistant in an international consulting company and lives in Brussels close to her siblings. To support our #whatishome campaign, Irina generously shared her experience as a refugee and how she later came to find a fulfilling life in Belgium.

Time to recognise migrants’ contribution to Covid response

Time to recognise migrants’ contribution to Covid response

The ongoing global discussion about racism and ethnic discrimination needs to include the obstacles faced by non-European migrants in Europe. While migrants have long been contributing and have played a critical role as essential workers recently during the pandemic, they have rarely been recognised for their positive contributions and their rights are still being undermined.

A new EU-Africa strategy for people and the planet

A new EU-Africa strategy for people and the planet

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Undocumented workers are ‘elephant in room’

Undocumented workers are ‘elephant in room’

Originally published on EUObserver under the title Undocumented workers are Covid-19 'elephant in room' in co-authorship with Davide Gnes, Policy and Advocacy Officer at Caritas Europa. The current Covid-19 crisis has shed light on the key contribution of migrants, including those who are undocumented, to European economies and societies. This…