MigrationWork News – Articles by Bella Kosmala

Tackling housing deprivation as a key to the better integration of Muslims

  • Bella Kosmala

35% of Muslim households are overcrowded, lack central heating or have to share a kitchen or bathroom, compared with the national average of 13%. Housing deprivation is a key factor in improving the integration of Muslims. read more

Urban Academy on the Integration of migrants and refugees

  • Bella Kosmala

MigrationWork has been invited to facilitate a three-day event in April 2018 for the Urban Academy on Integration of Migrants and Refugees. The two thematic strands of the event are “Education as a key tool for integration” and “Working effectively with civil society”. read more

Firewalling to protect

  • Bella Kosmala

MigrationWork CIC was commissioned by the Open Society Foundation to organize and facilitate a round table in May 2017 and produce a report on “Firewalling to Protect”. The report looked at child protection, policing and crime, and health, all areas in which concerns about the involvement of immigration enforcement have been raised. read more

CITIES-GROW – Integration of migrants through economic activity in cities

  • Bella Kosmala
  • News

The CITIES-GroW (integration of migrants through economic activity in cities) project provides practical advice to municipal leaders and decision makers in Europe on how best to address migrant integration challenges and develop effective integration strategies. read more

Community Integration Awards Logo
Community Integration Awards Logo

First Community Integration Awards ceremony

  • Bella Kosmala
  • Community Integration Awards

The first ever Community Integration Awards ceremony was held in October at the Impact Hub, King’s Cross in October 2017. The Awards were created by the MigrationWork Trust, MigrationWork CIC’s charitable arm and this year recognised projects in three categories: grassroots, tech and innovation, and research. read more

EU awards 4.2 million Euros to migration-friendly cities project in West Midlands

  • Bella Kosmala
  • News

MigrationWork and its partners in three West Midlands cities have won more than four million Euros to help the region’s communities achieve the maximum benefit from migration and improve migrants’ and refugees’ sense of belonging. read more

Rachel Marangozov at the International Metropolis Conference 2017

  • Bella Kosmala
  • Events

On September 20th, MigrationWork Director Rachel Marangozov will be speaking at the International Metropolis Conference 2017 in The Hague in the Netherlands. read more

Clean skins: Making the e-Border security assemblage

  • Bella Kosmala
  • Events

How do border security practitioners engage with data and technology, and what difficulties or limitations arise from these engagements? MigrationWork director Bastian Vollmer together with William L Allen from the Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society, University of Oxford examine this question in a new paper just published. read more

Migrants’ Access to Housing Conference, June 2017
Migrants’ Access to Housing Conference, June 2017

Changing the narrative: Migrants' access to housing

  • Bella Kosmala
  • Events

Zina Smith, Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Campbell Tickell reflects on the key messages of the first Migrants’ Access to Housing Conference. read more

Press TV: Brexit: Britain’s Great Escape

  • Bella Kosmala

MigrationWork director Rachel Marangozov spoke to Press TV for a documentary on Brexit. read more

Migrants’ Access to Housing Conference, June 2017
Migrants’ Access to Housing Conference, June 2017

Migrant's Access to Housing Conference – Documentation

  • Bella Kosmala
  • Events

The first Migrant’s Access to Housing Conference took place on 20 June 2017 and we have since added presentations and photos from the conference to our MigrationWork Knowledge Bank. read more

Migrants’ Access to Housing Conference 2017
Migrants’ Access to Housing Conference 2017

Migrant's Access to Housing Conference

  • Bella Kosmala
  • Events

The last year has been a difficult time for migrants and for housing providers. Housing providers face increasing demands on them to do more with less, while struggling to keep faith with their tenants and to be fair to all. ARHAG and Innisfree housing associations and Praxis Community Projects commissioned MigrationWork to organise a first Migrants’ Access to Housing Conference to explore what we can do. read more

The Conservatives’ 100k net migration target is an act of self-harm

  • Bella Kosmala

The Conservative manifesto pledge to cut net migration to less than 100,000 a year along with an end to freedom of movement from the EU will ultimately make it difficult to recruit skilled and unskilled labour from any other country. The target is arbitrary, costly and an act of economic self-harm, says Rachel Marangozov. read more

Brighton Table Tennis Club – Integration Award Winner in 2016
Brighton Table Tennis Club – Integration Award Winner in 2016

The winners of last year’s Community Integration Awards feature in Huffington Post

  • Bella Kosmala

Last year’s winners of the Community Integration Awards talk about ping pong, integration and Brexit. read more

The Guardian: Brexit could make NHS shortage of nurses worse

  • Bella Kosmala

Whatever form Brexit eventually takes, it could well lead to a reduced supply of labour from the EU. Given the current uncertainty around the status of EU workers, many EU nurses may voluntarily choose not to take up positions in the UK. read more

Rachel Marangozov discussing integration for all, not just for newcomers
Rachel Marangozov discussing integration for all, not just for newcomers (Source: https://twitter.com/Jamiesha_Maj/status/816965813576024064)

Interim report into integration of immigrants

  • Bella Kosmala

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration has launched its first report into how the UK’s immigration system could more effectively promote integration. MigrationWork Director Rachel Marangozov was an adviser, providing input for the report. read more

The Continuing Shame of Europe: Discourse on Migration Policy in Germany and the UK

  • Bella Kosmala

A new article by MigrationWork Director Bastian Vollmer considers the problem of ongoing deaths at the EU external borders and offers an explanation for how this ‘shame of Europe’ has emerged and why it may still continue to exist. read more

Migrants Don’t ‘Take Jobs’ And Many Sectors Would Struggle Without Them

  • Bella Kosmala

MigrationWork Director Rachel Marangozov presents evidence by the Institute for Employment Studies that debunks the myth that migrants take jobs and impact on the economy. read more

Immigrants told to leave UK face huge hike in fees to appeal decisions

  • Bella Kosmala

Jo Wilding highlights how fee increases for Immigration and Asylum Chambers potentially deny access to justice to people who have been told they need to leave the UK. read more

MW Chair gives keynote at Amnesty International UK - Refugee Summit 8-9 July 2016

  • Bella Kosmala

Richard Stanton from MigrationWork CIC spoke at the Amnesty International UK inaugural Refugee Summit, sharing research on whether and how local, participatory activity can change understandings and attitudes towards refugees and migrants. read more

Ukrainian Migration and the European Union – Dynamics Subjectivity and Politics

  • Bella Kosmala

To migrate or not to migrate: that is the question. Bastian Vollmer’s new book discusses migration in the highly topical context of Ukraine. read more

Community Integration Awards Launch Party

  • Bella Kosmala
  • Community Integration Awards

The Community Integration Awards launched at the vibrant Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey! read more

Rachel Marangozov: “The Argument that EU migrations are a burden to our welfare system is unfounded.”

The true cost of ‘welfare tourism’

  • Bella Kosmala

MigrationWork’s Director Rachel Marangozov questions evidence about existence of ‘welfare tourism’ and finds it lacking. read more

Community Integration Awards – Making Migration Work

Launched: Community Integration Awards 2016 + Launch Event

  • Bella Kosmala
  • Community Integration Awards

MigrationWork Trust proudly presents the Community Integration Awards 2016 – a new initiative celebrating examples of good community integration and cohesion in the United Kingdom. read more

My family and other bad migrants

  • Bella Kosmala

MigrationWork’s Director Sue Lukes spoke at TEDxEastEnd and, drawing on her own family’s personal history of the Holocaust, reflected on the idea of “good” and “bad” migrants then and today. read more

Quality of legal services for asylum seekers

  • Bella Kosmala

The Solicitors Research Authority has published new research on the quality of legal advice provided to asylum seekers. MigrationWork CIC was one of the research partners. read more

UTC Mannheim, 17-19 February 2016

Richard Stanton at the Urban Thinkers Campus

  • Bella Kosmala

MigrationWork CIC’s Chair Richard Stanton gave an ‘impulse’ keynote talk at the UTC Mannheim in Germany on 18 February. read more

How does the UK decide who gets asylum?

  • Bella Kosmala

MigrationWork Associate Jo Wilding explains in a guest post at “The Conversation”. read more

Coming soon: Community Integration Awards

  • Bella Kosmala
  • Community Integration Awards

In preparation and coming soon: the Community Integration Awards by MigrationWork!

Briefings: “Integration Up North”

  • Bella Kosmala

MigrationWork worked with Migration Yorkshire and local authorities in the area on “Integration Up North” to develop or improve their strategic planning on migration related issues. read more