With over 100 languages spoken daily within its borders, the West Midlands is the most diverse region in the UK outside of London – and the 2nd most diverse region in Europe – and this diversity brings with it an untapped resource of skills and ideas.
Refugees and migrants have been integral partners in developing this project, helping to decide what it is that makes a ‘Migration Friendly’ city. By taking this bottom-up approach we have been able to build a programme of activities which considers what each city must do in order
to achieve MiFriendly status.
The foundations of the project will focus on jobs, skills, citizenship, startups, and long-term community investment. We hope that by working in these areas we can empower our communities to come together and drive change at both city and regional levels.
In a MiFriendly City, everyone is encouraged to become an active citizen, training and employment opportunities are created, and the contribution of refugees and migrants is supported, enhanced and recognised.
The 3-year project will be shaped and developed as it progresses by the communities involved, and we hope that this will create a culture of inclusion and friendliness, with the West Midlands becoming a region in which all of its citizens feel a true sense of belonging.