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 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 newly-arrived communities, and to build cohesion between communities across Coventry, Birmingham and Wolverhampton.

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Our Approach

Migrants and refugees have helped to develop this imitative 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.

Working together to achieve one common goal 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

152

Employers reached by the MiFriendly Employment Brokers

We’re aiming to reach 2’000 in 3 years, creating links between employers and our migrant communities and highlighting the skills available.

17

Refugees and migrants trained in digital manufacturing

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

4

School’s and children’s centres reached

Many young people are unaware of their citizenship status, so we will work with 115 organisations to raise awareness and provide the resources to enable.

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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.