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Migrant Resource Centres

An Initial Assessment

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While there has been significant growth in the number of Migrant Resource Centres (MRCs) in recent years, there has been no attempt to date to examine the impact of these centres on migration management goals. This study aims to help bridge the gap by providing an overview of good practices employed by MRCs to help migrants move to their destinations in a legal, voluntary, orderly and protected manner. This assessment covers the work of 17 MRCs in Albania, Australia, Colombia, Croatia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lebanon, Mali, the Philippines, Portugal, Slovakia, Sri Lanka and Tajikistan. It focuses on the role of MRCs in empowering migrants for development and self-protection. The assessment also covers MRCs' strategies for ensuring their smooth operation and long-term sustainability.

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Introduction

Since the 1970s, governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) have established Migrant Resource Centres (MRCs) and other similar facilities in both countries of origin and destination. This interest in MRCs represents a recognition of the support they provide in migration management. There is a consensus that migration should be managed so that it occurs in a safe, orderly and humane manner, and is for "the benefit of countries of origin and destination, and of migrants and their families" (OSCE-IOM-ILO, 2006: 23). MRCs support this objective by empowering migrants to migrate in a regular and protected way, fulfilling their obligations and receiving their rights and thus avoiding the vulnerabilities to trafficking and exploitation associated with irregular migration. This protected, regular migration is key to promoting the links between migration and development.

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