15 November 2013
Canterbury Christ Church University and Migrant Help have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to show their commitment to working together to support migrants and victims of trafficking.
Professor Robin Bryant, Vice-Chancellor Professor Rama Thirunamachandran and CEO of Migrant Help Rob McCrea
Migrant Help is an organisation that was established 50 years ago in Kent and now works nationally supporting, guiding, advising and accommodating distressed migrants and victims of trafficking in partnership with the Government, Voluntary Sector and Private sector.
The University and the organisation already have a partnership through student volunteering and placements, as well as Professor Robin Bryant, Director of the Criminal Justice Practice at Christ Church, having worked with Migrant Help on selected research projects. However, the Memorandum will formally mark the commitment of both partners in developing further research and knowledge exchange activity which will include many other departments from within the University.
Rob McCrea, CEO of Migrant Help, said: “Migrant Help and Christ Church have enjoyed a close friendship with each other over the last year. This MOU commits us to continue this close working relationship in pursuit of common goals to advance education, research, cultural understanding and community engagement.
“Each side will pursue many significant activities, such as the promotion of educational and academic exchange; the promotion of work experience opportunities through volunteering and internships; the promotion of cultural activities and increased awareness of migrant groups.
“Working with the University and their academics will give us the expertise and provide us with research and evidence that will make our position stronger when advising policy makers and the government departments on this issue of human trafficking, a modern day slavery, and hopefully help them develop the best support possible on this issue.”
Professor Bryant said: “We are delighted to be signing this Memorandum of Understanding with Migrant Help. It will strengthen our partnership and allow us to explore different areas in which our expertise at the University can help add value to their mission and make a difference to people’s lives.
“One area in particular we are very keen to research and learn about is that of human trafficking. There has been very little research conducted on the traffickers themselves and we hope that by working together we will be able to start to understand what prompts people to become traffickers and trade in humans.
“By better understanding the traffickers’ motivations and methods we aim to help agencies counter trafficking and also educate people on how they could become victims of this trade and so potentially have an impact upon the number of people who are moved illegally to this country for forced labour or prostitution.”
For more information on the work of Migrant Help visit: www.migranthelp.org
Notes to Editor
- Migrant Help is an organisation committed to supporting, guiding, advising and accommodating distressed migrants and victims of trafficking in partnership with the Government, Voluntary Sector and Private sector.
- In 2013 Migrant Help reached its 50th year of providing support and advice services. It was established to give support to the high number of vulnerable and distressed migrants arriving through the ports of Kent. It quickly expanded to meet the need of other distressed migrants.
- Today Migrant Help offers support, guidance and safe accommodation across the UK, with strong European links, providing a variety of services and projects supporting:
- New asylum claimants and refugees
- EU nationals
- Foreign national prisoners
- Victims of human trafficking
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
- We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2012 UCAS).
- We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.
*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey