IT’S OUR DAY to celebrate @ScotParl: 12/18

REGISTRATION’S NOW OPEN AND LIMITED for It’s OUR DAY celebrations on International Migrants Day, December 18. Through the committed support of Christina McKelvie MSP, we will be at the Scottish Parliament!

Following our 1st event to celebrate IMD last December 14, Migrants’ Rights Scotland is joining the UK campaign to promote OUR DAY ( and to recognize IMD this year at Holyrood. We will bring together representatives of minority civil society groups, migrants and their families and MSPs to share deeper understanding of who counts as a migrant and the issues facing real people as a result of immigration policy. (SEE ALSO section below marked IMPORTANT!)


Event:             It’s OUR DAY! December 18 International Migrants Day

Date:              18 December 2012

Place:             Committee Room 2, The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh.

Admission:     BY TICKET ONLY. Email for details.

Time:             18:00 – 20:00

Please arrive in good time for Security and Registration, and to be seated by 17.50



18:00      Introduction by Pat Elsmie, Director, Migrants’ Rights Scotland

18:05      Welcome by Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for External Affairs and International Development

18:10       #WHOISAMIGRANT Presentation

18:15      Family Migration: Migrants’ Lives and Hopes – presentation by representative migrant families in Scotland*

18:40      Discussion including questions from the floor

19:00      Closing remarks and thanks by Christina McKelvie MSP

19:05      Refreshments


*Family Migration: Migrants’ Lives and Hopes:

Migrants from across Scotland will be giving their personal accounts of how their lives have been affected by the recent changes in UK immigration policies.

At this event, we will be launching our campaign for more migrants to come forward with their unique cases. We intend to feed these into the UK-wide campaign of the APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) on Migration and Migrants Rights Network, in challenging the UK Home Office in its immigration strategy.



Please note a Members Business debate motion (click for details) has been tabled for December 18 at 5pm. It has received excellent cross party support and will surely be a lively recognition of International Migrants Day as well as migrants’ contributions to Scotland. We encourage you to attend the debate in the Chamber at Holyrood, prior to our Event (above). The Scottish Parliament allocates free tickets to Debates ONE WEEK in advance; please click this link for details.

Those attending the debate who have registered for the IT’S OUR DAY event will be directed to Committee Room 2 as soon as the debate ends. Remember, registration for the Event is required as numbers are limited. Thank you!