How can migration research be used to defend the rights of migrants and displaced persons? This is the question that has guided my reflection along my journey as an activist-scholar which began in 2013. But before I was a scholar, I was an activist; and before being an activist I was a migrant with a first-hand account of immigration policies and their real negative effects on migrant communities.
However, I often navigated spaces in which experiences and perspectives like mine were rarely heard. Be it in academic conferences or negotiations with government officials, I became acutely aware of the disconnect between public policy and the on-ground realities faced by people in mobility. In the instances where research findings were shared or promising policy solutions proposed, it baffled me that the scope of their impact seemed to be limited to those spaces. I have observed a proliferation of discussion and analysis of the problems faced by migrants and displaced persons but rarely has this translated in improved conditions for them.
Bridging the gap between policy, advocacy and on-the-ground realities is what inspires Mundo Translated’s mission and the approach to our work. We want to harness the creation and exchange of ideas and knowledge that advance solutions for real change.