MSPs listen to Migrant Voices on OURDAY2013

Our_Day_logo_RMigrants’ 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.

Listen to the audio recording 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.”

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.

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.

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.

Maciej Dokurno, Pat Elsmie, Geoff Palmer and Colm Wilson at the Scottish Parliament after the OURDAY2013 Migrants in Scotland meeting.

Maciej Dokurno, Pat Elsmie, Geoff Palmer and Colm Wilson at the Scottish Parliament after the OURDAY2013 Migrants in Scotland meeting.

Christian Allard MSP with Professor Christina Boswell and Zahira Hassan

Christian Allard MSP with Professor Christina Boswell and Zahira Hassan