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 will be sharing experiences, learning, and aspirations for the future at this online event.

  • Hear live from public bodies and our participants
  • Get exclusive access to content and resources sharing our activities and impact
  • Attend workshops to ask questions and gain deeper insights

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Who would benefit from attendance?

  • City authorities across Europe wanting to create more inclusive, integrated communities
  • Public bodies, academic institutions and research bodies
  • NGOs, charities and other 3rd sector organisations focused on migrants and refugees
  • Other projects funded by Urban Innovative Actions (UIA)



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


BREAK – Use the break to watch exclusive content about the project

Our exclusive content (webinar style presentations 15-30 mins each) is designed to communicate the breadth of the MiFriendly Cities project, sharing what we did and how we did it. We recommend you prioritise viewing the content related to the corresponding workshops you plan to attend in the afternoon.

  • How we seed funded 30 Social Innovation and Social Enterprise projects (relates to workshop 2)
  • Delivering Community healthcare signposting through Health Champions (workshop 3)
  • 'Share My Language' language learning initiatives (workshop 4)
  • Supporting migrant voices through Media Lab multimedia training and mentoring (workshop 5)
  • Delivering legal rights services and support to migrant families (workshop 6)
  • Improving pathways to employment
  • Community support through furniture upcycling, digital fabrication training and home makeovers

Workshops Session A – choose from:

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


Workshops Session B – choose from:

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


Discussion panel with MiFriendly Cities participants and project partners
hosted by Bethany Finch, Commissioning manager, Refugees and Migration, Birmingham City Council

Final summary and closing remarks



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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.