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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Von Hugel Institute launches unit to study migrants
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¬†In response to the compelling needs uncovered by its research work the Von Hugel institute yesterday launched a new Migration, and Itinerant Peoples Unit. Among the first members of its advisory board are Margaret Ann Fisken (Department of Christian Responsibility and Citizenship, Catholic Bishops Conference); Marius Wanders (Secretary General, Caritas Europa) Neil Jameson (Citizens Organising Foundation) and Professor Peter Coleman (University of Southampton). The Unit has close links with the Centre For Jewish Studies at the University of Haifa and the School for Public and Development Management at the University of Witwatersrand. It seks especially to work across faith communities and at the interface of public and private sector decision making. Next week the Unit will release a major new piece of research describing the expressed needs of migrant workers in London's Catholic congregations. Commissioned by Cardinal Murphy O'Connor, Archbishop Kevin McDonald and Bishop Thomas McMahon the publication is the interim report of a nine month study involving over a thousand migrants. Further projects will include a research project on Labour movement policy making and "migrant debates" from Simon Alcock; a pamphlet on micro-finance approaches to remittance transfers (Francis Davis) ; study days on the "new demography" and an enquiry into ideas of spirituality in diaspora communities (Peter Coleman) and on "ideas of vocation and profession in health ≠ A Filipino perspective" (Francis Davis). The current path breaking research in London will be extended to Birmingham under the leadership of Dr Jolanta Stankeviciute and at the request of archbishop Nicols of Birmingham. Other collaborators in the Unit are David Ebbutt, Michael Watts and Professor David Bridges all of the Von Hugel Institute. As the work of the Unit expands it will also be publishing a pastoral handbook for parishes undertaking further research on migration and the UK education system and building a portfolio of work in the marine industry and with travellers. "We would welcome enquiries from like minded organisations that wish to collaborate with us. Our work to date has been significant and the new projects will take us much further into an international discussion in this field" said Francis Davis who will lead the Unit's work in the first instance. " We are also interested in hearing from those who would like to join as Research Associates at the heart of what we see as a thriving new venture" For more information see:
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