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Defying hostility with welcome

Defying hostility with welcome

Doaa Khalifeh

 Migrant Voice - Defying hostility with welcome

At a time of negative rhetoric and policies on migration, Migrant Voice has launched a new project through which we will be creating messages of welcome to migrants.

Our Welcome Project will use creative tools such as photography, drama, and creative writing to express our ideas and experience of welcome.

There is a lot of hostile language being used to speak about migrants or migration and a lot of policies that are making it harder for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. These words and actions also sometimes feel dehumanising.
This project is our way to send an alternative welcoming message to migrants.

As part of our work to build understanding, and a positive narrative and environment on migration, this project will create photos and writing, and short filmed drama scenes for an online exhibition.

Join our project if you would like to:

  • Explore using photography, creative writing, and drama to share our messages
  • Discuss how to make society more welcoming to migrants 
  • Get to know new people
  • Create photos, writing and other creative messages for an online exhibition 

Everyone is invited! To engage with about the idea of ‘welcome’, to share your own thoughts, to learn, to communicate, and build a social network. Our doors are wide open, and you are most welcome! Please join us and spread the word about the project.

Timeline of activities

(Some dates may be subject to change)

A perspective from a Migrant Voice volunteer and participant

Words build their way to people’s minds, but creative tools pave an unrestricted path into people’s hearts. That’s what I felt the core of ‘The Welcome Project’ is about. 

The project looks closely at the theme of welcome but from a ‘perceive and receive’ angle. This makes the technique of handling ‘welcoming’ special as it delves into how welcoming is practiced in real life, rather than limiting it to words and definitions. 

Also, it is highly admirable how this project creates a friendly space where we can connect with other migrants and express ourselves freely. 

One extra heartwarming thing is that after attending the workshops, I have noticed that we are starting to break the fear of engaging with others’, and are simply more confident to speak our minds.   

Get in touch

Migrant Voice
VAI, 200a Pentonville Road,
N1 9JP

Phone: +44 (0) 207 832 5824
Email: [email protected]

Registered Charity
Number: 1142963 (England and Wales); SC050970 (Scotland)

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