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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 develop 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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
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.Find Out More
Coventry made me very welcome when I arrived as a migrant 20 years ago. We arrived before our belongings and our new neighbour immediately knocked with her spare kettle! Years later, and I still love Coventry for its curiosity and openness to new ideas, and many partnerships between different groups and communities
We are so proud of being selected as City of Culture. There is such a diverse multi-cultural communities living together in harmony. Stoke Heath Community Centre, CV2 3QH, is working wonderfully with everyone who wishes to join our community projects
For me a MiFriendly City is a place where all are welcome and there is opportunity for all to build a life for themselves and their families
It's a place where everybody is supported to make a meaningful contribution to their community, whether they were born in that city or have recently arrived.
A place of inclusion, opportunity and welcome.
I am a migrant myself, and if I didn’t have the right support from other people in Coventry I wouldn’t be where I am today. For me, the support of your neighbours and community is what makes a place migration friendly.
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 makes 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
Creative Workshops: Making Coventry feel like home
4 March - 29 April 2019
Are you new to Coventry? Or have you lived here all your life? FabLab Coventry have teamed up with Bridge to explore […]Read Post
Media Lab Training Workshop – Coventry
18 February 2019
Asylum seekers, refugees and migrants living in Coventry, please join us to learn skills that will make your voices heard! […]Read Post
Start your own Social Enterprise – Birmingham
28 March 2019 – 18 April 2019
We are looking for refugees and migrants in Birmingham who would like to develop an innovative business idea that could help […]Read Post
Train to be a Citizen Social Scientist
March - May 2019
MiFriendly Cities is offering refugees, migrants and asylum seekers the opportunity to join an accredited course with experienced researchers from […]Read Post
Meet social entrepreneur Uyiosa Osawe: Game Changer
February 7, 2019
Uyiosa joined the Evolve Social course with CU Social Enterprise in November 2018, and has now been awarded €5000 from […]Read post
Social enterprise, community innovation and empowering through language
February 13, 2019
Having moved into the implementation stages of the project, MiFriendly Cities finished 2018 with the successful launch of three initiatives, […]Read post
Reflecting on 6 months of MiFriendly Cities in the West Midlands
October 25, 2018
Managing the complexities of this multi-city initiative has meant six months filled with challenges, learning and innovative developments for the […]Read post
This project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Urban Innovative Actions Initiative.