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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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Processes of good practices

Having studied the different good practices in empowering migrants for development and protection, it is also useful to study the institutional set-up of MRCs to see how this enables them to support the above-mentioned goals effectively and guarantee their sustainability overtime. Some MRCs are run directly by governments; others, by NGOs. The involvement of intergovernmental organizations such as IOM has also proved important in a number of cases. The involvement of different actors has important implications for the objectives of an MRC, its relationship to development and protection, the resources and expertise available to it, and its sustainability.

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