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 Migrant Voice - A migrant’s experience - grief and mental health
By Michel
I started writing this piece way back in May in recognition of mental health awareness week (8-14 May 2017) but was unable to complete it.   Why? You ask – Because I was going through a process of trying to keep myself whole. See, when you’re caught up in the Home Office ‘hostile environment.’  When you’re tangled in their web…Read more
 Migrant Voice - W(right)ing the Narrative?
Ozichi Emeziem
I sit in the front row of the audience at a Refugee Week event titled “Sanctuary in the Media”, featuring Coco Khan and Darren Chetty, both contributing authors to the bestselling book, The Good Immigrant (2016). The short novel is composed of stories from 15 minority ethnic writers who explore what it means to hold this identity in contemporary Britain.…Read more
 Migrant Voice - What Do We Gain From Refugee Week?
Ozichi Emeziem
I sit at my desk on the Monday of Refugee Week and just so happen to scroll upon an article that lists 10 contributions made by refugees to British society. These achievements include:  The architectural designs of Hampton Court,  The potential origins of fish and chips,  Marks and Spencer,  and the Mini car.  I will admit that these are pretty…Read more
 Migrant Voice - These first-hand encounters with the reality of immigration alter one’s perspective indefinitely
Isabel Soloaga
“Were they vetted?” my father asked.  “They fled their country to save their lives,” I replied.  “How do we know they won’t kill anyone?”  “To have refugee status means that they went through extensive background checks,” I replied.  “Were they part of Al-Qaeda?” he asked.  “They were running from Al-Qaeda.”  The phone goes quiet.    My father is the most…Read more
 Migrant Voice - A Migrant’s experience - Dealing with the peddling of hate
Michel
I woke up this morning (23rd May 2017) to the tragic news of the Manchester bombings – 22 dead and 59 injured. And I prayed: Dear God, I believe that you are But there are those who don’t. I ask dear lord, that you Receive the souls of those  Snatched away from the arms  Of their loved ones, Take them…Read more
 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
MV
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
Michel
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
 
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