About Migrant Voice

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Migrant Voice is a migrant-led organisation established to develop the skills, capacity and confidence of members of migrant communities, including asylum seekers and refugees. We work to amplify migrant voices and secure representation in the media and public life.
Migration is a fact of life, and brings a wealth of benefits to Britain. But public and media debate routinely leaves out migrant voices, and can be toxic, misleading, and damaging to community cohesion. We believe the best antidote to divisive rhetoric is real stories, told by real people. 
These can be stories like that of Irene, forced away from her British family by Home Office bureaucracy, or Dawoud, who found sanctuary here only to be sent back to a country that tortured him, or Sabrina, who like other Europeans in the UK, faces a question mark over her future. Or they can be positive stories about the contributions made by the migrants who keep our schools and hospitals running, or give up their time to help those in need. 
We discover these stories and give people the confidence, connections, and professional media training to present them well. And we speak to migrants from all backgrounds, listen to ideas and concerns and translate those into innovative campaigns, or research projects into forgotten issues. Our work makes national headlines in the dailies and on TV, and we've branched out into new digital media, while still believing that local stories and local coverage matter. The coverage we procure moves popular opinion, influences policymakers and provides resources for those doing frontline work.  
People should never have to feel voiceless. We provide new ways to speak out - and we believe our work makes a tangible difference to the welfare of our communities and the strength of our society in Britain and beyond. 

Migrant Voice currently has regional hubs in London, Birmingham and Glasgow. Membership is open to all migrants and non migrants wanting to engage in creating positive change. To get involved, please contact us.

Current activities:

  • We deliver media training and mentoring (writing newspaper features, conducting interviews, taking photographs, making videos, effective use of social media, etc.)
  • We develop and produce innovative media and research projects – including two reports this year – into the housing conditions of asylum seekers in the West Midlands and into the impact of the Dublin regulation on refugees.
  • We mobilise and engage migrants in developing and conveying key messages about their realities
  • We run a network of migrant media hubs facilitating discussions.
  • We connect people and facilitate dialogue amongst migrants and between migrants, civil society and the media (through meetings, training sessions, seminars and an annual conference.)
  • We create opportunities for migrants to engage directly in debates on migration with journalists, the public and policy makers, procuring coverage that has reached millions so far this year, and received positive feedback from multiple influencers including senior politicians across parties, commentators and other public figures.
  • We build alliances with media and civil society organisations (by organising and participating in conferences, seminars, public events and cultural activities).
  • We produce internal communications, using our newsletter and social media to keep around 1400 people regularly informed of our work and upcoming opportunities.
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