Migrant Action’s work goes beyond responding directly to the adverse effects of policies on migrants such as; withdrawal of legal aid, No recourse to public funds even for migrant women suffering domestic violence, exorbitant immigration/visa fees, NHS surcharges for migrants, Unlawful detention, restricted access to healthcare and employment amongst others.
Our work is also focused on addressing the structures (root causes) that routinely perpetuate systemic injustice and undercut migrant rights and justice. Our structural change work involves;
- Working collaboratively with other organisations in articulating structural injustice and holding government accountable for policies designed to create hostile environment for migrants. We do this by evidence based research, grass-root activism, strategic alliance and advocacy towards influencing policy change.
- We develop strategic partnerships with agencies, local authorities and funding bodies to remove systemic barriers, transform cultures, embed good practice and influence positive change
- We develop new services or partnership provision in areas where migrants are deprived of essential advice, advocacy and support. It is these ‘deserts’ that migrants are inherently vulnerable, institutionally marginalised and most unlikely to realize their potential.
- Strengthen networking and build leadership capacity among migrant-led grass roots organisations to ensure strategic leadership, effectiveness and resilience in advancing rights and justice for migrants
- Empowering migrants and migrant communities to understand and challenge structural racism whilst advancing equity of rights and racial justice.