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.



Conclusion and recommendations

MRCs around the world are currently engaged in a wide range of innovative practices to protect, support and empower migrants. While many MRCs are still in their early stages, they are increasingly considering how their work can enhance the benefits migration can bring to development. Already, a number of their practices are helping to ensure that migrants' capacity to participate in these processes is increased. MRCs are able to: assist clients in facilitating remittance transfers at lower cost; advise them on investment opportunities in their countries of origin; and involve them in migration-for-development initiatives. Moreover, MRCs are involved in assisting migrants' human development, helping migrants find fulfilling work and building the capacities of their organizations.


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