Migration Exchange

Informing public debate on migration and supporting welcoming communities

Migration Exchange is an informal network of independent funders. We aim to improve the lives of people who migrate, and receiving communities in the UK, by informing public debate on migration and supporting welcoming communities. We do this through commissioning research to inform funders and key partners to act on shared concerns; supporting coordination and building capacity in the sector, and aligning grants to enable activity to take place at scale or increase the potential for success.


  • Improve understanding of public attitudes on migration and how they relate to politics, policy and communities.

  • Use this knowledge, locally and nationally, to improve accuracy and depth of conversations about migration, integration and identity.

  • Develop strong networks that forge alliances and build public support for welcoming and thriving communities for all.

  • Promote an immigration system that treats people fairly and with dignity and respect; and which has public confidence and consent.

Migration Exchange is not a grant making programme. Decisions on funding applications are made by individual foundations. Grant seekers should approach foundations separately and consult the funding criteria and guidelines for each foundation. Migration Exchange holds a small commissioning and grant making budget to support activities in line with the strategy agreed by funders. Recent examples include a grant to support coalition activities for the Lift the Ban campaign by Asylum Matters.

Migration Exchange 2018/19 Annual Review and Strategic Priorities to 2021 An overview of Migration Exchange’s work.


With thanks to Barrow Cadbury Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Migration Foundation, Oak Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Sigrid Rausing Trust, Trust for London, Unbound Philanthropy for their support to Migration Exchange.


Learn more

For funders, Migration Exchange disseminates information and updates on the Ariadne Portal. Migration Exchange convenes three network meeting per year, this is a space for learning and sharing information. For more information, please visit the Migration Exchange community on Ariadne.

If you are not part of the Ariadne community and would like to stay up-to-date, or if you are a non-funder but would like more information, please contact us at mex@global-dialogue.org.