The policy roles of migration rights organisations in the UK and Australia

Migration rights organisations – charities, civil society organisations and other non-governmental actors working for the rights of migrants – are key actors campaigning for fairer migration policy in national political debates. We don’t, however, know much about how these organisations engage in policy debates, and very little work has examined them in international comparative perspective. This research, conducted by Dr Katherine Tonkiss and funded by a British Academy/Leverhulme small grant (£6,300) aims to address this gap by exploring the ways in which domestic migration rights organisations engage in national level policy debates in the UK and Australia, and the opportunities and barriers they encounter in doing so. Additional comparative data has been collected in the USA and Brussels, and the first published output from the project appeared recently in Ethnic and Racial Studies.