It is important that authorities and other political leaders and activists listen to the voices of the immigrants. Several laws have been put in place but none will be effective if the voices of immigrants are not heard. Primary source letters for immigrants, as well as the political cartoons, helps us understand the concerns and the lives that revolve around them to help tackle the issue the best way. UNHCR (2014) explains that there is a need to adopt a model that will integrate the immigrants, the NGOs, the municipalities, and the State. Such integration will help all the groups to understand and learn the issues facing the immigrants from the grassroots and collaboratively develop long term, coordinated, and comprehensive responses.
To ensure equal rights among immigrants and refugees, the UNHCR works towards addressing the issue of inequality and discrimination (UNCHR, 2014). Such projects call for public participation during the policy designs. In addition, considering immigrants’ voices is advantageous, as it opens a platform where individuals support each other through peer support. In addition, listening to their voices ensures that immigrants feel that their rights will be fulfilled. Sigona (2014) adds that including immigrants in policy making empowers and encourages immigrants to claim their legal entitlement and rights.
There is a need for policymakers to change their attitude towards immigrants. This is by changing their view as passive individuals of NGO charity, state provision, and humanitarian aid. Wiliams (2005) argues that agencies should change their focus from helping ‘vulnerable groups’ to working in partnership with the immigrants by actively involving them in processes that listen to their voices, as well as develop their capacities. It is thus, important that the voice of immigrants be heard in all processes rather than making policies without considering the grassroots issues.
Sigona, N. (2014). The politics of refugee voices: representations. E. Fiddiah Qasmiyeh, G. Loescher, K, Long e N. Sigona (a cura di) The Oxford handbook of refugee and forced migration studies, 369-382.
UNHCR (2013). Speaking ourselves. Hearing Refugee Voices A Journey Towards Empowerment.Williams, L. (2005). Interpreting services for refugees: Hearing voices?. International Journal of Migration, Health, and Social Care, 1(1), 37-49.
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