New UK Institute for Migration Research is sealed by partners in Dover
18 March 2015
A unique partnership between a national charity and the University has led to the development of a new migration research institute.
L to R: Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, Dr Joseph Costanzo, Director of the UK Institute for Migration Research and Robert McCrea, CEO of Migrant Help.
The UK Institute for Migration Research (UK-IMR) aims to provide independent, credible and evidence based research to support policy makers within the highly sensitive and hotly contested area of immigration.
Migrant Help has been providing services to migrant and refugee communities across the UK for more than 50 years, working with asylum claimants and refugees, victims of modern day slavery, EU nationals, foreign national prisoners and detainees. Canterbury Christ Church University will work in partnership with Migrant Help to translate academic and research expertise into policy and programme outcomes to help transform individuals, communities, society and the economy for the better.
CEO of Migrant Help, Rob McCrea, identified a need for credible research that reflected current migration trends and worked in conjunction with a migrant sector specialist. He said: “We are very happy that we were able to form a strong partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University to create a perfect link between the real-time facts provided by our charity and the scholarship practice of the University. Migrant Help is very excited to be at the forefront of this pioneering research approach.”
Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “We are delighted to be signing this agreement, which enables us to work in partnership with Migrant Help, a national charity serving migrant and refugee communities.
“Migration is not a new phenomenon. For centuries people have moved from one country to another, for lots of different reasons. However, in recent years the impact migration is having upon UK society has become an important political issue for many.
“Through the UK-IMR we seek to better inform the current debate on migration and to improve people’s lives with policies and services based on evidence, and not anecdote. I firmly believe that we are addressing a key issue of our time, and will respond by providing compelling, accessible and timely data and analysis that touch the lives of millions of Britons and all residents of the UK.”
The Director of UK-IMR, Dr Joseph Costanzo, added: “The debate over migration will most certainly intensify leading up to the UK’s general election on 7th May 2015. It is our intention to ensure that the public, service providers and government officials alike are well-equipped with relevant, current and quality information about migration to inform their opinions and decisions both before and after the election.”
The Institute will become a hub that draws together a wide network collabortaing information and sharing both locally and nationally to support evidence-based policy discussion and public debate on the impact of migration. Its main research focus areas will be Migration and Local Governance, Asylum in the UK and Modern Day Slavery - including Human Trafficking.
The UK-IMR will hold its national launch at the Museum of the London Docklands on 21 April 2015. A signing ceremony took place on Thursday, 12 March, at the Head Office of Migrant Help in Dover. It marked the partners’ confirmation of the Institute’s status and its research.
Director of UK-IMR, Dr Joseph Costanzo, is available for interview. Please contact 01304 806 606.
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For further information on the UK Institute for Migration Research, please visit: www.uk-imr.ac.uk .
Migrant Help is a UK charity with more than 50 years’ experience of delivering support and advice services to migrants in the UK. We provide individuals with the resources and support they need to find safety, access appropriate services and information and develop greater independence. Migrant Help provides a wide range of services across the UK working with the following client groups: asylum claimants and refugees, Victims of modern day slavery (human trafficking), EU nationals, foreign national prisoners and detainees. www.migranthelp.org
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- 97% of our 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 (2013 UCAS).
- We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.
*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey