Press Notice No. 25, Session 2003-04


Migration and Development

The International Development Committee agreed to conduct an inquiry - announced in a press notice dated 3 July 2003 (PN37.2002/03) - on Migration and Development. The Committee is pleased to announce that the following oral evidence session has now been arranged, which will be the final evidence session of this inquiry:

Date and venue: Monday 26 April, Southwark Town Hall, Peckham Road, London

Time: 7.30pm

Witnesses: Councillor Columba Blango, The Worshipful Mayor of Southwark, and the following members of the Sierra Leonean Diaspora: Cecilia N. Taylor-Camara; Tamba John Sylvernus Lamina; and Kumba Agnes Dugba Macauley (other names to be confirmed).

This is a formal evidence session of the Committee. The format will be one in which Members of the Committee put questions to the witnesses listed above. The session will be open to the public to observe the hearing from the Public Gallery.

The inquiry is focussed on three key questions.  These are:

• What is the nature of the relationship between migration and development (specifically, poverty reduction), and what determines the nature of this relationship?

• What can and should the UK and its partners in international development do to maximise the benefits and minimise the risks and costs of migration for poor people, developing and transition countries?

• How coherent is UK and EU migration policy with policy on other development-related matters and how might a more holistic and longer-term approach to migration be beneficial to the UK and its development partners?

In this evidence session the Committee is particularly keen to learn about the experiences of the local Sierra Leonean community: what role do diaspora organisations play in maintaining links with Sierra Leone?; what have been the patterns, causes and consequences of migration from Sierra Leone?; and what are the development impacts of the sending of remittances?


INVITATION TO RECEPTION: Harriet Harman, Member of Parliament for Camberwell & Peckham, in cooperation with Councillor Columba Blango, The Worshipful Mayor of Southwark, invite Southwark residents from Sierra Leone to a reception on the occasion of the Parliamentary Select Committee for International Development hearing evidence from a panel of Sierra Leoneans in London as part of their inquiry into Migration and Development. The Reception will take place on Monday 26 April at 6.30 p.m., at Southwark Town Hall, Peckham Road.


For further information, please contact Charlotte Smith in the Office of Harriet Harman on 020 7219 2057, or please email to register your intention to attend.


To date, the Committee has held eight oral evidence sessions as part of this inquiry. The transcripts from most of these sessions can be found at the following website address:

The Committee has also received written evidence from numerous organisations. The written evidence can be viewed at:


Further Information:

The membership of the Committee is as follows: Tony Baldry (Chairman) (Conservative), John Barrett (Liberal Democrat), Mr John Battle (Labour), Hugh Bayley (Labour), Ann Clwyd (Labour), Mr Tony Colman (Labour), Mr Quentin Davies (Conservative) Mr Piara S. Khabra (Labour), Chris McCafferty (Labour), Mr Andrew Robathan (Conservative) and Tony Worthington (Labour).

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