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Two major Migrant Voice events

Two major Migrant Voice events


 Migrant Voice - Two major Migrant Voice events

This week sees two major Migrant Voice events on issues affecting thousands of migrants:

* the parliamentary launch of our report that spotlights the health and financial distress inflicted by exorbitant visa costs, and
* our roundtable on voting rights, part of a series of Build Back Better roundtables

Publication of the report on the impact on migrants of visa fees and the visa application process on 27 April is a significant step-up in Migrant Voice’s campaign against an extortionate government policy.
The report shows that migrants are charged more than 7 times the administrative cost of a visa and that two-thirds of migrants who took part in our research have been forced into debt to pay the charge - sometimes with calamitous personal and family effects.

It sets out recommendations for a fairer visa and immigration system.

Ahead of  local elections in England and Wales on 5 May, the 26 April roundtable will look at the right to vote - which many migrants lack.

Residence-based voting rights, as in Scotland, will be among the solutions discussed .
Speakers will include Lara Parizotto from Our Home Our Vote and the Young Europeans Network and Savan Qadir from Refugees for Justice and the UN’s Scotland-based Refugee Integration Through Languages and the Arts.

+ 26 April:  ‘Build Back Better? Migrants, democratic rights and political participation’, 4-6pm on Zoom. Email [email protected] to sign up.
+ 27 April: Launch of report on the cost of visas and the visa application process, 5-7pm, Committee room 12, Houses of Parliament.  The event is now fully booked. Email [email protected] for the report or more information.

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Migrant Voice
VAI, 200a Pentonville Road,
N1 9JP

Phone: +44 (0) 207 832 5824
Email: [email protected]

Registered Charity
Number: 1142963 (England and Wales); SC050970 (Scotland)

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