About the campaign
The Outsider Project supports migrants affected by the negative discourse around immigration, and promotes a positive narrative demonstrating the benefits of living in an open society where migration is commonplace.
Led by volunteer Migrant Leaders, the project supports and empowers local migrant communities to organise, build bridges with non-migrant populations and share the positives of migration for the wider population. Through events and the publication of briefing papers the project also lobbies policymakers and stakeholders, and demonstrates the consequences of restrictive immigration policies on their communities and beyond.
Following a listening campaign in Boston, Migrant Leaders identified issues around access to ESOL classes, exploitation of migrant workers, and community relationships. The group set up new community events, sharing cultural activities, dance and festive traditions across diverse communities.
In 2018 the project is further developing its approach adapted from participatory action research methodology, and will continue to work with local migrant communities in England to organise and advocate for their rights.
If you’d like to find out more about the Outsider Project, follow the Migrants’ Rights Network on Twitter at @migrants_rights or check out the project page for more information and recently published reports.
Who started the campaign
The Outsider Project was designed by the Migrants’ Rights Network in response to the steadily worsening position and perception of migrants in the UK.