The Migration Learning Exchange is part of a programme of work supported by Unbound Philanthropy and The Atlantic Philanthropies, which is managed by The Social Change Initiative. With the overall aim of strengthening the effectiveness and impact of civil society activists working on issues of migration, a number of themes are prioritised in taking this work forward. One of these priorities has been identified as faith-based activism given the contribution of churches in service to refugees and migrants, as well as the potential advocacy influence that they can exercise.
The Faith-based Organising and Communications on Migration and Refugee Protection Migration Learning Exchange (MLE), was held in Washington D.C from 7th – 11th April 2018. It had the benefit of the insights and experience of CWS (Church World Service) which believes that one of the greatest things we can do is to help refugees and immigrants find a home, and feel safe, as they strive to realise their dreams. CWS works through both direct service and advocacy, standing with refugees and immigrants to build stronger and more welcoming communities. In addition to working in solidarity with impacted communities, and in partnership with other faith-based and immigrant rights organisations, CWS advocates with the U.S. Congress and Administration for policies to reunite separated families, ensure that the rights of immigrants are respected and help resettle and integrate refugees.
Meetings with a number of organisations working on refugee and migrant issues in the USA took place, in addition to one-day site visits to meet with activists working in Lancaster (Pennsylvania) and the Immigration Resource Center in York (Penns.).
Read more about the exchange in the Faith-based Organising and Communications on Migration and Refugee Protection MLE report, which can be downloaded in full by clicking the link below: