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100 Stories of Migration in Leicester

November 24, 2014



BBC Radio Leicester are building an audio archive of 100 stories from people who came to live in Leicester or Leicestershire from another country. Leicester is one of the most diverse cities in the UK and the archive contains a diverse range of tales from people who have contributed to the area in various ways. To contribute visit the BBC website or email

Life Through a Lens – stories from young Syrian refugees

October 24, 2014

UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, protects and assists people fleeing conflict or persecution. Established in 1951, it now has a staff of more than 8,000 working in 126 countries. At UNHRC Tracks, they are running photography workshops entitled ‘Do You See What I See?’ with Syrian refugees. Equipped with digital cameras and neverending energy, the children and young people have been producing images that reveal the fears and hopes, loss and longing of their lives in exile. 3.2 million Syrian refugees have fled to neighbouring countries and North Africa and 795,000 people have benefited from shelter assistance in camp and non‐camp settings in 2014. All their stories are featured online on the UNHRC Tracks website.

Watch the project’s trailer below.

Free migrant storytelling conference 28 November

October 24, 2014
  • Do you have a story you would like to tell through photography, radio, music or comic strips?
  • Would you like to run a media or arts project in your own community or organisation?

Yes? On 28 November at Paddington Arts, participate in a free day of talks and practical workshops exploring how to use multimedia and the arts to tell migrant stories.

Our Journey: Exploring migrant stories through multimedia and the arts, is a conference by My Journey and BEAMS and hosted by the participatory photography organisation PhotoVoice.

The award-winning PhotoVoice will be hosting and delivering workshops alongside a fantastic line-up of journalists, media and arts professionals – see Eventbrite for more details.

The day is free and travel costs inside London can be refunded. There will also be a complimentary lunch by the migrant women’s catering group Chickpea Sisters, and drinks/ finger food in the evening.

Spaces are limited so if you would like to come, book now on Eventbrite.

Please note the morning talks are aimed at people who would like to run their own workshops or project, while the afternoon workshops are for everyone.

The conference will be followed by a free exhibition 29-30 November. Visit for more information.

Free exhibition: Stories of London Migrants

September 23, 2014


A free interactive exhibition, ‘My Journey: Stories of London Migrants’, by the Migrants Resource Centre, at Shoreditch Town Hall, London from October 4 – 10 2014. Read about it on Eventbrite.

They make up 40% of the population of London, and everyone seems to be talking about them. But what do the capital’s migrants say about themselves?

My Journey showcases the work of London migrants from all over the world, who use a range of media to tell their personal stories, including experiences of immigration detention and homelessness, the triumph of settling in, and candid observations about London life.

Visitors are invited to browse comic strips, listen to audio stories, watch short films and view medium format, tintype and digital photographs produced by the group.

The exhibition coincides with the London premier of Stowaway by the critically acclaimed Analogue Theatre on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th October, which tells the story of a man from India who finds himself far from home and adrift from everything he knows.

My Journey is run by Migrants Resource Centre and funded by City Bridge Trust.

Follow them on Twitter @migrantsmrc #myjourney for updates.

The first Migrant Voice Media Lab in London

August 28, 2014

media lab


Invitation from Migrant Voice


Do you want to improve your skills in writing, blogging, social media, photography, video-making, engaging with your MP, etc?

The join our free mentoring sessions with experts in the field


The Migrant Voice Media lab project has now started and our first session in London will take place on September 9th from 3.00 – 8.00pm (you can drop in during these times) at Migrant Voice, 111-117 Lancaster Road, London W11 1QT

Are you working on a new article? Writing a blog? Taking photo that tells a story? Producing a short messaging video? Or simply wanting to improve your social media skills? Then drop in at our next Media Lab session and get free professional practical support and mentoring  from experts.

For the September 9th session we have following experts available at the following times:

Daniel Nelson – Journalist and Editor, – from 3.00 – 8.00 pm to help with writing and editing, preparing for interviews

Karina Cabrera – Social Media expert – From 3.00 to 8.00 pm to help with social media

Andrea Pavarotti – Promo Producer at BBC Worldwide – From 6.00-8.00 pm to help with

video making and editing.

TBC: Nishit Morsawala – Text Producer Sky News – to help with writing articles

The additional theme for this lab will be ‘Who? Me? – the personal impact of the immigration debate’.  If you are not already working on a project, we hope this will inspire you to produce media around this theme.

Please note that it is important to sign up for a time slot – so please contact with information about which practical support you are looking for on the 9th and what time you are available.

More information about the project:

When: our mentoring sessions are once per month.

Where: Migrant Voice, 111-117 Lancaster Road, London W11 1QT

Who can join: Migrant Voice members. Non- members who are interested can join the network first. Membership is free.

About the project:

The Migrant Media Lab project aims to strengthen the capacity of migrant voices by building practical media skills and supporting migrants’ participation in the public debate.

The Migrant Media Lab project will also run regular, one-on-one and small group mentoring sessions led by volunteer journalists and media experts in London. The sessions will focus on using social media, producing videos, writing articles and blog posts, as well as conducting interviews, practising interview skills, and how to engage with your MP? Participants will have an opportunity to further develop their skills leading to the production of media outputs.

The project will also provide training session in using social media, producing videos, writing articles and blog posts, as well as conducting interviews and practising interview skills.

As part of the Migrant Media Lab project, we also organise discussions on current policy developments and further opportunities for public engagement, to ensure that our media work always ties into the wider context of the migration debate in the UK.

If you are interested in getting involved with the Migrant Media Lab, please get in touch with

About Migrant Voice:

We are a migrant led organisation with the aim to strengthen the voice of migrants in the media and public domain by increasing their skills and confidence in conveying key messages about their realities to promote a more balanced media coverage and debate on migration.

For more information, visit: or contact

Photo: by Mike Hiltunen


Invitation from Migrant Voice

Detention Inquiry led by the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Refugees and Migration

August 28, 2014

Originally blogged here: Detention Inquiry, by The Detention Forum.


The first ever Parliamentary inquiry into detention was launched on 7th July 2014. The inquiry is jointly led by the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Refugees and Migration, and marks the first dedicated Parliamentary inquiry into the impact and implications of the use of immigration detention.  The deadline for submissions is 1st October 2014. More information about the inquiry is available at

The first oral evidence session took place on 17th July 2014. You can read the transcript here.

You can read a short article about the inquiry which appeared in the Independent on Sunday here.

The Detention Forum’s article about the inquiry appeared in openDemocracy on 7th July 2014.

Other pieces published about the inquiry are as below.

Church Times

Detention Action

The Refugee Council

The Detention Forum welcomes this inquiry and encourages people who are in detention and who have experienced detention or supported them to take part in the inquiry.

We have produced the guide for community groups who might need assistance in taking part in the inquiry and who are interested in hosting local ‘hearings’ to gather evidence for submission.  We also have a separate guide for individuals, who are in detention or who were in detention and wish to take part in the inquiry.  You can also use a sample submission form if you wish. If you would like more information, please contact us at or @DetentionForum

FINAL Detention Inquiry Guide for Groups July 2014

FINAL Detention Inquiry Guide for Individuals August 2014

SAMPLE SUBMISSION FORM the detention forum August 2014

Learning Lab: exploring new approaches to supporting young people with immigration issues

July 29, 2014

On June 11 2014, two charities, the Coventry Law Centre and Grapevine hosted a one day ‘Learning Lab’ in Coventry. The event attracted 40 participants, and explored new approaches to supporting young people with irregular immigration status as part of the Young Migrants Rights project. This piece of work is part of the Supported Options Initiative, established by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Unbound Philanthropy.

The event raised the following points in open space group discussions:

  • What does a young migrant-friendly organisation look like?
  • What needs to change so that organisations like law centres work in a more ‘relational’ way?
  • How do we change systems so that our ‘laboratory experiment’ becomes normal practice’?
  • How do we change systems so that communities’ willingness to help others is released?

Feedback from a young person following the event said:

“It would be useful if a number of refugee and migrant services organise more like the current gathering today. The passion and encouragement of all people who organise this event will help asylum seekers and refugees to find it easier”

The video from the event is available to watch here. And  a comprehensive report on the day is available here.


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