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 Migrant Voice - Falling from the Sky
Jessica Thompson
I recently finished a six month placement at the Bromley-by-Bow community centre, located in Tower Hamlets, one of the poorest and most ethnically diverse boroughs in London. 43% of residents are born outside of the UK and come from over 200 different countries. My desk was placed in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) office. Individuals with an…Read more
 Migrant Voice - EU nationals can make a difference in the general election
Sabrina Huck
Since Britain narrowly voted to leave the EU, European citizens in the UK have been in constant limbo. There has been very little clarification on whether they will be able to continue their lives uninterruptedly.  Throughout the referendum campaign, the national dialogue on immigration has deteriorated. Any sensible discussion has been replaced with xenophobia and hostility. Mainstream politician’s rhetoric has…Read more
 Migrant Voice - Farewell UK
I’m writing this piece from a tiny room that I’m staying in at a friend’s place. I look around me and see bags of clothes, boxes of shoes and packets of odds and sods strewn around the small space. There are bits and pieces lying on the floor, piles of paper on the desk and  sundry items scattered around. The…Read more
 Migrant Voice - A migrant’s experience - Living with crisis
What do you do when you lose all you worked hard to accomplish? Was it because you gambled it away, or abused some substance which led you to having a mental breakdown, preceding your job loss? And now, no income, you can’t afford to pay your rent or mortgage. Nope. Not all the typical reasons people think would lead to…Read more
 Migrant Voice - Outside of the Jungle - my diary from Calais
Isabel Soloaga
In the weeks preceding its destruction, the settlement known as The Jungle of Calais remained home to over 10,000 refugees, many of them children. In the wake of the Jungle’s demise, refugees’ search for home grows even more critical.  I visited Calais October 16-22, 2016 - the week before demolition of the refugee camp. It is strange to think this place…Read more
 Migrant Voice - Political leaders have resorted to populist attitudes instead of tackling Brexit challenges
For a long-term migrant in the UK from Slovakia, it is worrying how dangerous a discourse the UK has engaged in since the EU vote. We are currently witnessing post-referendum Britain showing little ability to cope with the circumstances and gradually resorting to blaming migrant communities for the political and economic decline brought about by the decision to leave the…Read more
 Migrant Voice - How UK Politicians Laid the Groundwork for Brexit's Hate Crime Surge
  Since the Brexit referendum, the UK has witnessed an explosion in racism and hate crimes. In the second half of June, when the vote took place, some 3,219 hate crimes and incidents were reported to the British police forces. This represented a 37 percent increase compared to the same period last year. But it wasn’t the vote itself that…Read more
 Migrant Voice - Brexit: Rise in hate crimes reported after vote
Simon Israel
Tales of smashed car windows, children told to go home, a surge in citizenship inquiries, a mosque which cancelled Eid prayers for hundreds out of fear, and a patient in a doctor’s surgery telling her Asian GP to leave the country. Some may be classified as hate incidents rather than crimes. They maybe considered low level but still symptomatic of…Read more
 Migrant Voice - A reminder of the fragility of our security and our interconnected well-being
Kianna Bowers
Last week I had the privilege of attending the world premiere of Silence, the sequel to Carmen Funebre, a street theatre production that explored the impact of war on civilians by the Polish company Teatr Biuro Podróży. The performance featured fire, puppets, strobe lights, stilts, bikes, music and more to explore the complexities of life for refugees during war. The…Read more
 Migrant Voice - Eritrean Youth on Fire – the June 23, 2016 historic demonstration in Geneva
Petros Tesfagiherghis
The time was around noon on the 23 June 2016. Some of us from UK were on our way to the park near the city centre of Geneva where the march to the office of the UNHCR was due to begin. On the way I met Aida Kidane from Sweden with her camera. She was hastily walking through the route…Read more
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