Saturday, 17 August 2013

Positive approaches to migration

THE organisations behind today's YES/NO Immigrants conversation at St John's do vital work. Here is a little more about them.

Migrants' Rights Scotland ( works alongside migrants and their community organisations (MCOs) for a rights-based approach to migration, supporting their engagement in developing the policies and procedures which affect their lives in Scotland and in the UK.

Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations Scotland (CEMVO) was set up in April 2003, with the aim of building the capacity of Scotland's minority ethnic voluntary and community sector. CEMVO Scotland ( is a strategic partner of the Scottish Government with a network of over 600 ethnic minority voluntary sector organisations and community groups throughout the country.

The Welcoming project ( brings together refugees, asylum seekers and people from Scottish and local minority ethnic communities.

The aim is to welcome newcomers, learn together and improve English language and literacy skills.

The project supports new migrants to get to know the local culture through outings, music, drama, visual arts and talks. There are visits from service providers in law, housing, employment and education.

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