Migrants Contribute was a campaign made of 16 coalitions and organisations, representing over 60 migrant and refugee groups across the country. Migrants Contribute sought to foster a fairer debate about migration in the period prior to the 2015 General Elections by conveying a more truthful portrayal of migrants and combating the escalating demonisation of migrant and refugee communities in media and political speeches.

LAWRS hosted and supported Migrants Contribute, which achieved a strong presence in social media, press, and community events.

The campaign activities included:

  • Challenging political leaders and parties who deliberately play on people’s fears and anxieties about recession and austerity to blame these problems on ‘foreigners’.
  • Getting media to present the real lives of migrants and the real contribution we make.
  • Building a network of organisations making up/supporting Migrants Contribute led by a Steering Group.
  • Skilling up Change-makers so that they can challenge negative narratives themselves.
  • Mobilising migrant communities in order to increase civic participation and encourage active involvement in the immigration debate.
  • Raising awareness among general public about the many ways in which migrants contribute to the UK and about the importance of keeping the debate fair.

LAWRS Latin American Women's Rights Service Migrants Contribute