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On 17th January 2017, Professor Heaven Crawley she gave a seminar at London’s Refugee Law Initiative entitled Between conflict and survival: Unravelling the drivers of migration across the Mediterranean in 2015 which explored the use of categories to include and include certain group of migrants, and certain types of migration experiences, from the framework for international protection. The findings of the MEDMIG research confirm that there is often a complex and overlapping relationship between ‘forced’ and ‘economic’ drivers of migration to Europe.
Many of those who left their home countries primarily due to economic reasons effectively became refugees and were forced to move due to the situation in Libya and elsewhere. Others who decided to leave their homes due to conflict subsequently decided to move on again from countries such as Iran, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey because they faced ongoing insecurities and/or discrimination or were unable to make a living or access healthcare and education.
In her seminar Heaven argued that the protracted and increasingly fragmented journeys made by refugees and migrants fundamentally challenges the ongoing focus on nationality as the basis for determining whether an individual or (or is not) in need of international protection. A podcast of Heaven’s seminar is available at http://rli.sas.ac.uk/resources/podcasts
The inferno that engulfed the Grenfell Tower was a personal disaster for the many who lost their friends and families. The subsequent analysis and media frenzy highlighted issues of housing, social justice and racism. In a city celebrated for its diversity and social liberalism but which is polarised by race and class, poor working class and communities of colour appear to have been corralled into the worst housing in a global city in the 21st century.
This report presents an analysis of white working-class communities’ perspectives on belonging, change, identity, and immigration. Recent studies about the white working class focus on national politics, religion, and immigration; this study tells a national story from a grassroots perspective with an eye toward the prospects for cross-racial coalition building between working-class white communities and communities of color.
Collaborate to Train is a three-year project that will engage with over 250 local small businesses and support them to increase their involvement in the education and workforce training system.
Exceed in Coventry is a three-year project providing tailored help and support to over 1,300 Coventry residents, enabling them to progress into education, training, job search or employment.
ConnectMe is a three-year project supporting Coventry’s long term unemployed and economically inactive people. The project aims to make it easier for people who are experiencing barriers to employment to move into education, training or employment.