Migration Exchange 2020 Review

To mark its 10th anniversary, Migration Exchange has commissioned a review to map and take stock of the issues, migrant and refugee sector, and funding landscape in the UK. If you are interested in taking part, you can access this questionnaire here.

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Migration has been one of the central themes of the UK political and public debates in the past decade. A large ecosystem of people, political parties, governmental institutions, public bodies, NGOs and civil society institutions, funders and philanthropists have shaped, acted upon, and responded to this debate. The lives of people who migrate to the UK and wider communities have been directly affected by the nature of this debate.

At the heart of this ecosystem is the “UK Migration and Refugee sector”: a large number of organisations and charities that work to improve the lives of people who migrate and wider communities, be it by providing direct services and interventions, campaigning and lobbying to influence and enhance UK immigration policy and systems, informing and improving public opinion around migration, or in many cases, a combination of all of the above.

What is the Migration Exchange 2020 Review about?

Migration Exchange is an informal network of funders which has been in existence for a decade. To mark this 10th anniversary, Migration Exchange has commissioned a review to map and take stock of the issues, migrant and refugee sector, and funding landscape in the UK. The review will look into:

  • The past decade: what are the key events that have changed and shaped the debate around migration and refugee issues? What are the changes in the political context? What has changed in the funding landscape for refugee and migration charities? How has the sector developed in response to the context? What lessons can be learned?

  • The present: what does the UK migration and refugee sector look like today – what is the size and shape of the sector? What is the public, political, and financial context in which the sector operates? What is the collective capacity of the sector to influence and bring about change? How could we measure this capacity – what are the indicators?

  • The future: how is the public and political debate around migration likely to change in the next decade? What is the capacity of the sector to respond but also to proactively shape the debate? What can be done to increase this capacity? What is the role of funders and philanthropists to maximise capacity and impact?

How?

Between January and July, external consultants, Ruth Grove White and Mike Kaye will work with Migration Exchange to produce a report which will be shared publicly. The brief for this review has been developed with input and comment from people in the sector.

The team will invite the CEOs of 300 large, medium, and small organisations across the UK to complete a mapping questionnaire, as well as conducting 30 in-depth interviews. The sample will include some organisations that do not work exclusively on migration and refugee issues but have these issues as a key strategic priority in their operation.

We will also conduct 25 questionnaires and 10 in-depth interviews with key trusts and foundations who have an interest and focus on migration and refugee issues in the UK.

To make our sampling and data collection as inclusive as possible, we will make a third, short questionnaire publicly available to allow input from a wide range of individuals working on migration and refugee issues in the UK. This could be non-CEO staff members, volunteers, informal groups and networks etc.

If you are interested in taking part, you can access this questionnaire here.

What happens next – why should I take part?

In July 2020, Migration Exchange will publish the review. We anticipate that the review will establish a sufficient ground to look ahead at the upcoming decade with a more coherent and shared understanding of priorities, challenges, and opportunities. We hope that this will contribute to maximising our collective capacity to bring about positive social change.

How can I get involved?

If you are interested in getting involved in this research, or if you have any questions, comments, and suggestions about the review, please get in touch with the research team at: mexreseaerch@global-dialogue.org