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Commonwealth insights: reimagining migration

Contemporary narratives on migration compound exclusion and hinge on a fear of the migrant as the ‘other’. The Commonwealth People’s Forum 2018 session reimagining migration examined how inclusive governance can transform this narrative and improve the lived experience of migrants; it also explored ways in which Commonwealth action can accelerate this process.

To reimagine migration, one needs to understand how perpetuating cycles of exclusion have arisen and to re-humanise migrants and the process of migration. In-group biases as well as histories of colonialism, exclusion, and segregation make it difficult for people to recognise migrants as human beings with legitimate aspirations, who bear acute and often invisible burdens and make significant contributions to the societies to which they migrate.

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