We are following Government guidelines about COVID-19 coronavirus closely, and as a result have decided to postpone all face-to-face MiFriendly Cities delivery sessions and courses. The safety and wellbeing of staff, volunteers and service users participating in the project must be our first priority.

Rest assured we are continuing to support users, projects and live initiatives, and are looking at ways to deliver sessions and courses remotely, using video conferencing and social media platforms.

We are also hoping to provide additional support for MiFC programmes that can help fight coronavirus directly or indirectly – like the Health Champions project, and social innovations that can foster good communication and community spirit in challenging times.

Many staff and partners delivering support and programmes are now working from home, and should be contactable on their usual telephone and email addresses.

All changes to programmes will be updated on the MiFriendly Cities website and on social media (Facebook and Twitter: @MiFriendlyWM)

For further support and information on COVID-19 we recommend you visit your respective council’s website

Birmingham – https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/coronavirus_advice

Coventry – https://welcometocoventry.co.uk/

Wolverhampton – https://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-and-information

MiFriendly Cities MiFriendly Cities

Creating innovative MigrationFriendly
cities in the West Midlands.

MiFriendly Cities

Our 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 is developing 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 migrants and bring communities together, building cohesion across Coventry, Birmingham and Wolverhampton.

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

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Our Partnership

The 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. All are working together to achieve one common goal, and to push the boundaries of what has been previously attempted in the EU.

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“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.”

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Learn more about our innovative programme of activities and find out how you or your organisation can get involved.

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The MiFriendly Statistics


Employers reached by the MiFriendly Employment Brokers

We’re aiming to reach 2000 in 3 years, creating links between employers and our migrant communities and highlighting the skills available.


Refugees and migrants trained in digital fabrication

Digital fabrication is a key skills need for the region, and we’re planning on training 250 future migrants in this exciting new skill.


Migrant entrepreneurs granted funding start-up social enterprises

We're supporting 16 refugee and migrant entrepreneurs to set up new businesses which have a social mission. Successful ideas get up to €5000 and mentoring to start up. So far 6 have gone on to register as businesses.

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European Union & Urban Innovative Actions

This project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Urban Innovative Actions Initiative.