MiFriendly Cities 'Share Our Journey' - Online Event Programme

Wednesday, 10th March 2021

10am - 4.30pm

(On Zoom)

All timings are in GMT/UTC.

A migration-friendly city is one where the voices, skills and passion of refugees and migrants flourish, so that all branches of the community are fully invested in its future, and the social and economic fabric of the region is strengthened.

After three years running MiFriendly Cities, it’s now time to share our learning and insights more widely.

Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton City Councils, 8 other project partners and our project participants look forward to hosting you in March. In the meantime, if you have any queries, please email mifriendlycities@coventry.gov.uk

Who's coming?

Join us and fellow delegates from across the UK and Europe, including:

  • international and local NGOs
  • service providers
  • project participants
  • UK local authorities from Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, London and the West Midlands
  • Cities and communes of Athens, Bologna, Bilbao, Fuenlabrada, Pesaro and Warsaw
  • and your hosts from Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton

Our event will be richer and brighter with your attendance!



Event welcome from our Chair for the day, Ros Johnson, project Legacy Officer


 Introduction to the MiFriendly Cities project
– Peter Barnett CBE, Head of Service Libraries and Migration, Coventry City Council


City Council perspectives
– Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton


Project participant perspectives
– hosted by Tamsin Koumis of Migration Work


Launch of our new project film, exclusive project content and our online exhibition, plus an overview of our afternoon workshops


Together, let’s watch our new film about the project


Workshop session A

Workshop 1
How to make a city migrant friendly? Help us build a toolkit for other cities.

Workshop 2
Grassroots seed funding – sharing insights into Social Innovations and Social Enterprise

Workshop 3
Community healthcare in migrant communities


Workshop session B

Workshop 4
Language learning and sharing

Workshop 5
Importance of hearing migrant voices

Workshop 6
Citizen rights and legal support


15 min BREAK after workshops


MiFriendly Cities Share Our Journey afternoon session

Discussion panel with MiFriendly City participants and project partners
– hosted by Bethany Finch, Commissioning manager, Refugees and Migration, Birmingham City Council
Final summary and closing remarks




European Union & Urban Innovative Actions

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