Interviews

 Migrant Voice - Kris Harris’ Story
Michelle Fuller
When Kris Harris lived in Norway she was a migrant but didn’t feel like one: when she moved back to Britain she was technically at home but she felt like a migrant. The daughter of a British father and Norwegian mother, Kris was born in London in 1976 and moved to Norway the following year.  She visited England every summer…Read more
 Migrant Voice - From cocoa farming to fighting for workers’ rights
Michelle Fuller
Ake Achi was born in the Ivory Coast to parents who were farmers. To protect him from the hardships of child labour in the cocoa fields they sent him to Europe. With the help of his aunt who was settled in France, tickets were bought and accommodation arranged. So began his life as a migrant at the age of 10.…Read more
 Migrant Voice - Paulina Polak sees job problems - and offers answers
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Why do so many female migrants find it so hard to get the good jobs for which they are qualified? Paulina Polak – herself a migrant from Poland, via Germany – has been thinking about the problem for years, and she thinks she has the answer. “It’s about being able to sell yourself – to prospective employers, in life, to…Read more
 Migrant Voice - Tian Lan's story
Michelle Fuller
Tian Lan is passionate about helping people learn to communicate between different cultures and countries. She wonders whether the roots of her interests lie in the unusual history of her birth place. Tian is from Qing Dao a small seaside city in China, well known for its Tsingtao beer but with an unusual German cultural heritage. “Qing Dao was the…Read more
 Migrant Voice - mobilising young people to bring about change
Kianna Bowers
It’s hard to find a single word to describe Shingai Mushayabasa. The 25-year-old works for Active Horizons and Friends of the Earth, but doesn’t want you to call her an activist, yet. “…Until the day that I am actually an activist and I’m on the ground, I’m not going to be claiming titles that I’m not,” said the Zimbabwean migrant.…Read more
 Migrant Voice - ‘Buddy With’ aims to end women’s silent struggles
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Yuliana Topazly knows what it means to be thrown into the deep end: when she was 19 her Russian parents sent her, alone, at a fortnight’s notice to learn English. “Here’s the visa, here’s the passport, go to UK,” was the message. So she went – to find that her parents’ friend, who was supposed to meet her at the…Read more
 Migrant Voice - Meet Marion - the woman behind Manifesta
Simone Perreira
It is not easy to describe a person with so much talent and who has been involved in so many creative projects that help marginalised communities and support migration and diversity. We are talking about Marion Vargaftig. She is a programmer, designer, leader, producer and has founded the organisation Manifesta, which facilitates marginalised communities in using arts and film-making to…Read more
 Migrant Voice - Building our new London
Olivia Miller
“Let’s make the conversation about migrants clearer and more personal by talking to each other and removing the debate from agenda-driven politics,” suggests Polish-born Maciek Poplawki.  Maciek originally came to the United Kingdom to study English after studying history and tourism in Poland, his native country.  Around the time that he decided on his area of study, European borders were…Read more
 Migrant Voice - Fernando's story
Kylie Bellissimo and Nicolette Hill
Cuban-born Fernando Mitjáns found a gap between the Latin American and British communities when he arrived in London from Brazil six years ago – so he decided to do something about it. He has since then become a filmmaker and currently works on raising awareness of the issues many Latin American people face when they move to London. Arriving in…Read more
 Migrant Voice - - I needed to try and make things better
Mira Farhat
Raga’s passion is ever evident in her determination to help those who desperately need it. As a Sudanese refugee, Raga Gibreel knows too well the suffering, tragedies and harshness that come from a contagious civil war that continues to destroy Sudan and its people. Raga however was fortunate enough to find sanctuary; she says that coming to the UK opened…Read more
 
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