#MVconf2015: human stories in the Migration crisis

18-19 September: @UniWestminster hosted migration conference, with panels, workshops, debates, to talk and share the narrative behind the current crisis.
  1. 18 September

  2. Today! 5th annual #MVConf2015 - The State of #Migration: Striving for Change, Reclaiming the Narrative @UniWestminster#migrantvoices
  3. @MigrantVoiceUK communities from BirminghamGlasgow, and London gathered together along with academics, journalists, and other NGOs interested and involved in migration.
  4. Today, an important part of @Migreat's content team will attend@MigrantVoiceUK's conference #mvconf2015
  5. Bulgarians in London attending @MigrantVoiceUK conference on the state of #migration in UK #mvconf2015
  6. First accounts, volunteering operations, from the issues to the solutions. The discussion themes during the two-days conference could took the starting point from the current news line regarding the refugees crisis, from the Mediterranean crisis, now spreading and touching the whole EU.
  7. Fantastic turnout #mvconf2015 & great room @UniWestminster about to start our 5th annual conference #migrantvoices http://t.co/piXPezPUui
    Fantastic turnout #mvconf2015 & great room @UniWestminster about to start our 5th annual conference #migrantvoices pic.twitter.com/piXPezPUui
  8. The University of Westminster has just started Westminster Migration Network Group@DorrieChetty, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Westminster, works on migration research, and she is building links to widen the community and prompt more dialogue around topics of multiculturalism, integration, and social cohesion.
  9. By helding the Fifth MV Annual Conference at Regent Street campus - University of Westminster - the dialogue among parts can start.
  10. @DorrieChetty of University of Westminster welcoming guests at #MVconf2015. Day 1. http://t.co/niAPL1lreL
    @DorrieChetty of University of Westminster welcoming guests at#MVconf2015. Day 1. pic.twitter.com/niAPL1lreL
  11. @NazekRamadan, Director of Migrant Voice, introduced the key topics and activities for the day. But, first of all, a look at the situation in Calais: pictures of the camp, with tents, toys, and clothing spread on the land where many asylum seekers are stopped in their research for a better place to live.
  12. Very excited to be @MigrantVoiceUK conference. powerful opening speech from Nazak Ramadan #MVconf2015. Images of #Calais#migrant narrative
  13. 'As long as there are wars and conflicts, people will have to flee for their lives' - Nazek Ramadan #MVconf2015 @MigrantVoiceUK
  14. The first panel was introduced by a video with Fadi's journey across the Mediterranean. From the real experience, to the debate around the solution.
  15. Good to hear Fadi's journey from #Syria across the #Med Important #migrantvoice & 'grounding' for the day #MVconf2015 http://t.co/pYzhtaLcyf
    Good to hear Fadi's journey from #Syria across the #Med Important#migrantvoice & 'grounding' for the day #MVconf2015pic.twitter.com/pYzhtaLcyf
  16. The 'Migration crisis', the migrants, and Europe's response

    @lindseyhilsum - Channel 4 News International Editor - chaired the panel.
    During the short presentations by each participant, reactions via Twitter started. Data, quotes, and comments were projected behind the speakers as the ashtag #MVconf2015 allowed networking through an attentive audience.
  17. Despite furore only 6% refugees from Syria sought safety in EU. Response more fences and walls. @MigrantVoiceUK #mvconf2015sabir zazai
  18. @MigrantVoiceUK #MVconf2015 'action is only driven by tragedy'@MauriceAWren Sad but true!!!
  19. Before starting her presentation, Dr. Lul Seyoum - Director of ICERAS - asked for a moment of silence:
  20. A moments silence remembering those who have died on the journey at #mvconf2015 - sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, parents, children...
  21. @AndrejMahecic - UNHCR
    Professor Emeritus Mike O'Donnell - Independent researcher
  22. 'Situation in Europe is manageable, but only if EU manages it' - spot on by Andrej Mahecic @UNHCRUK #MVconf2015
  23. After lunch, the work restarted, with a second panel, once again introduced by a video. This time, experiences from migrants in the UK are on the screen.
  24. 'To move or not to move' - European migration and UK's response

    @emilydugan - Social Affairs Editor at the Independent, i and the Independent on Sunday - chaired the second panel of the day:
  25. So glad I've met fab Independent journalist @emilydugan @MigrantVoiceUK #MVconf2015 & got a signed copy of her book! http://t.co/kthbG3KOlY
    So glad I've met fab Independent journalist @emilydugan @MigrantVoiceUK#MVconf2015 & got a signed copy of her book! pic.twitter.com/kthbG3KOlY
  26. Jan Krauss - Political officer at the ECRepresentation in the UK
  27. Jan Krauss - more than 60% of migrants migrating to the UK already have a job lined up prior arrival #mvconf2015
  28. Although newspapers suggest migrants come to the UK for benefits, there is no evidence of welfare tourism #mvconf2015
  29. @rogercasale - Founder and Director of New Europeans
  30. "Most EU countries dont refer to fellow EU citizens as 'migrants' at all! Only the UK..." @rogercasale #MVconf2015
  31. Jean Lambert - London Green MEP
  32. .@GreenJeanMEP lot of discussion on brain drain but we have to as country discuss brain waste & loss of talent #mvconf2015@MigrantVoiceUK
  33. @susiesymes1 - Economist, Chair of trustees of 19 Pricelet Street
  34. Post-war project/EU = freedom of movement people, goods, capital - people more important than fridges! No restrictions! Symes#MVconf2015
  35. #MVconf2015: "Freedom from also means Freedom for" (Susie Symes)
  36. Dr Natalia Paszkiewicz - Projects Coordinator at IARS and Associate Research Fellow at the University of Exeter
  37. So great to see so many diverse faces, new & old engaged with #mvconf2015 today http://t.co/F2Jssx5nut
    So great to see so many diverse faces, new & old engaged with #mvconf2015today pic.twitter.com/F2Jssx5nut
  38. 5 workshops took place in the afternoon.
    The Human Rights Act, Calais, Immigration Bill 2015 were among the issues debated in the groups.
  39. Concrete actions and messages to propose to a wider audience as result of the first day of the conference were the final aims to reach at the end of each workshop.
  40. excellent workshop on #HumanRightsAct glad you are out there defending it @sfhosali @BIHRhumanrights #MVconf2015
  41. Before the end, migration and integration projects were presented, with the chance to engage directly with the people involved.
  42. Great conference today organised by @MigrantVoiceUK!#MVconf2015
  43. 19 September

  44. @MigrantVoiceUK #MVconf2015 Day 2 The State of Migration. Striving for change. Reclaiming the narrative. http://t.co/1xLkCE7Y5Z
    @MigrantVoiceUK #MVconf2015 Day 2 The State of Migration. Striving for change. Reclaiming the narrative. pic.twitter.com/1xLkCE7Y5Z
  45. The second day of the conference started from "where we were yesterday."
    Brief sum up of the groupworks and quickly moving towards the practical moments of the following hours.
  46. Volunteer Mira starting off Day 2 by summarising migrant crisis workshop from yesterday afternoon #MVconf2015 http://t.co/VMNqmwwmA4
    Volunteer Mira starting off Day 2 by summarising migrant crisis workshop from yesterday afternoon #MVconf2015 pic.twitter.com/VMNqmwwmA4
  47. Meet a Migrant and Training session: how do we turn the conference messages and stories into media stories?

    With the Mediterranean crisis or refugee crisis - as we call it now - media coverage has played an important role.
  48. Visibility is a key word. Migration is an old story, but with different faces as time goes on and the fluxes change directions.
  49. Interact with the media and share stories with a wider audience are therefore important and the first actions to take, in order to make such issues known and the people reading/listening/watching more sensible towards the topic.
  50. 'Meet a migrant' session with journalist @harrietgrant . Day 2 at#MVconf2015
  51. The first session of the day gave the opportunity to watch and analyse interviews with migrants and how to present their stories.
  52. @harrietgrant - freelance journalist, filmmaker and radio producer - was in conversation with Victoria, South African nurse.
  53. Great to see practical interviewing techniques with Victoria S. African nurse @harrietgrant #meetamigrant #MVconf2015 http://t.co/FADtt4bbyp
    Great to see practical interviewing techniques with Victoria S. African nurse@harrietgrant #meetamigrant #MVconf2015 pic.twitter.com/FADtt4bbyp
  54. Shyamantha Asokan - freelance journalist and photographer - was in conversation with Serenella, Italian student.
  55. 'Good opportunities 4 #Europeans in UK as students/workers but challenges re negative rhetoric'Serenella  #MVconf2015 http://t.co/oj8IHGiTKD
    'Good opportunities 4 #Europeans in UK as students/workers but challenges re negative rhetoric'Serenella #MVconf2015 pic.twitter.com/oj8IHGiTKD
  56. Parminder Bahra - Executive Producer at The Wall Street Journal Europe - was in conversation with Jacques, from Democratic Republic of Congo.
  57. Jacques discusses challenges in DRC & difficulty of leaving & living apart from family with @sanityclaus #MVconf2015 http://t.co/a092Ki8v9h
    Jacques discusses challenges in DRC & difficulty of leaving & living apart from family with @sanityclaus #MVconf2015 pic.twitter.com/a092Ki8v9h
  58. Q&As from the audience followed, as the session was chaired by Daniel Nelson - freelance journalist and editor.
  59. Journalism panel chaired by @EventsNelson training migrants to speak to the media. #MVconf2015 http://t.co/wZ3YLR1Wzk
    Journalism panel chaired by @EventsNelson training migrants to speak to the media. #MVconf2015 pic.twitter.com/wZ3YLR1Wzk
  60. "We live in a sound byte world, make it easy story by packaging your story." @sanityclaus #MVconf2015
  61. Networking lunch, workshops to discuss further actions in order to continue the work started with the conference, went on as also the second day came to an end.
  62. Special thanks to Dorrie Chetty and the University of Westminster, for hosting the event,
  63. Great support from @DorrieChetty @UniWestminster for #MVconf2015 looking forward to continued partnership http://t.co/SyRXUotpGX
    Great support from @DorrieChetty @UniWestminster for #MVconf2015 looking forward to continued partnership pic.twitter.com/SyRXUotpGX
  64. and to the volunteers, who made it possible to realize all the activities and the moments during these two days.
  65. A job well done! #mvconf2015 volunteers proud of their achievement at end of conference today http://t.co/Z7HPLUU3eR
    A job well done! #mvconf2015 volunteers proud of their achievement at end of conference today pic.twitter.com/Z7HPLUU3eR
  66. What really all the speeches, presentations, and workshops prompted to was to keep on the dialogue, meet people, and share the experience.
    Change for the future starts from little and everyday actions.

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