Migration Exchange was established in 2010 by a group of independent funders. These funders came together to explore and address issues of public attitudes and migration through their grant making, forming an informal network called Changing Minds. Now known as Migration Exchange, and hosted by Global Dialogue since 2015, the network aims to work together to improve the lives of migrants and receiving communities in the UK by informing public debate on migration and creating welcoming communities. It is independent and not party political.
Migration Exchange activities include commissioning analysis to support funders and organisations to take effective action on shared concerns; supporting bold ventures where aligning grants enables activity to take place at scale or increases the potential for success; and using the convening power of funders to support, connect and strengthen good work.
Migration Exchange priorities to 2020 are to:
- Improve understanding of public attitudes on migration and how they relate to politics, policy and communities.
- Use this knowledge, locally and nationally, to improve accuracy and depth of conversations about migration, integration and identity
- Develop strong networks that forge alliances and mobilise to create welcoming and thriving communities for all
- Promote an immigration system that treats people with dignity and respect, is fair to both migrants and established residents, and which has public confidence and consent
- Encourage and enable collaboration between funders, where this increases impact of the work.