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MiFriendly Cities

What is Mifriendly Cities?

A migration-friendly city is one in which the social, civic, and economic contributions of refugees and migrants are unlocked and embraced. Across our incubator sites in Wolverhampton, Birmingham, and Coventry, we aim to achieve this with activities across themes of employability and social enterprise, active citizenship, narrative and storytelling. You can find out more about what makes a MiFriendly City here.

The journey

In October 2017 the EU’s Urban Innovative Actions fund awarded more than £4m to Coventry, Birmingham and Wolverhampton for the MiFriendly Cities project, a 3- year initiative that will look to development innovative, community- led and sustainable approaches to enhancing the contribution of refugees and migrants across the region.

Our exciting programme has been designed to create opportunities for refugee and migrant communities in Coventry, Birmingham, Wolverhampton and the Black Country.

The approach

Migrants and refugees have helped to develop this initiative and to establish what makes a city ‘Migration Friendly’. With this grassroots approach we hope to see citizens across the community working with local businesses, government, and voluntary organisations to build a MiFreindly region together.

The project will continue to be shaped by the community across the 3- years, and we hope that this will encourage a spirt of solidarity, with the West Midlands becoming a place in which everyone feels a true sense of belonging.

Who is involved?

The MiFriendly Cities project is being delivered by an innovative partnership of 11 organisations. These include the three city councils from Wolverhampton, Birmingham and Coventry, a multinational company, a university, a law centre, a consultancy and three migrant- run charities including the Refugee and Migrant Centre Black Country and Birmingham.

What support is available?

  • Finding a job that’s right for you
  • Start a social enterprise
  • Make a difference: start your own social innovation project
  • Get help to better understand your rights
  • Media Lab: Training to tell your story
  • Gain an OCN Digital Manufacturing qualification
  • Learn DIY Skills: Help the community
  • Become a ‘Community Researcher’
  • Improve your English
  • Become a community “Health Champion”

What has the programme achieved?

Since 2018:

  • Over 150 migrants have benefitted from the MiFriendly Cities Project – ESOL classes
  • 3 of our clients have received funding- totalling 15,000.00 Euro, to start their own social enterprise.
  • Secured sustainable employment and work placement for highly skilled migrants.
  • Trained 28 Health Champions.
  • Contacted over 700 employers.

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