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This International Migrant's Day we stand together to protect migrants rights

18 December 2014

“On International Migrants Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to shape diverse and open societies that provide opportunities and lives of dignity for all migrants.”
Ban Ki-moon, message for International Migrants Day, 18/12/14


Today is International Migrants Day - a day intended as a chance to discuss migrant rights and address the challenges faced.

Public perceptions of migration in the UK have taken a battering over recent years and International Migrants Day is the perfect time to celebrate Britain's long history as a nation of migrants and a great opportunity to reflect on all the great things migration brings to this country.  

Immigration benefits the UK economy and will play an increasingly important role in safeguarding the UK's future economic stability. Throughout Britain's history migration has had an immensely positive impact on enriching our culture and diversifying our society. There can be no doubt that without migration the UK would not be the success story it is today.  

Over recent years shifts in the political and economic context of the UK have led to increasing difficulties for its migrant community. Factors such as hostile immigration policies, budget tightening and negative media campaigns are impacting the rights of many migrant groups. Legislative changes and the reduced availability of legal aid are further restricting access to justice for many vulnerable migrants and the run up to the 2015 election is likely to see efforts to introduce such measures increase.

To protect migrant's rights it is essential that the negative voices in the immigration debate are challenged. Britain takes pride in being a champion of human rights and tolerance, we must stand together to ensure this voice is heard. It is therefore more important than ever that we protect the dignity and human rights of all people, ensuring violations do not go unchallenged and enabling access to justice.

This International Migrant's Day The AIRE Centre stands alongside all the other amazing organisations working in the field of migration, asylum and refugee rights to say that #MigrantsRock & #MigrantsContribute!

Migration is an expression of the human aspiration for dignity, safety and a better future. It is part of the social fabric, part of our very make-up as a human family.” UN Secretary-General before General Assembly. October 2013

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