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 Wolverhampton, Migrant Leaders focused on issues around housing, community relationships and increasing access to English language classes for migrants – working with the University of Wolverhampton to offer a full term of free ESOL classes for asylum seekers and refugees, who cannot access funding for ESOL classes within their first six months in the UK.

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

Migrants Rights Network
Migrants Rights Network Project Partner

The Outsider Project was designed by the Migrants’ Rights Network in response to the steadily worsening position and perception of migrants in the UK.

Updates from the campaign

Wednesday February 14 2018 The Power of Listening and Community Organising

In 2017, four teams of volunteer Migrant Leaders led action to address key issues facing migrant communities in their local areas of the UK; Boston, Oldham, Wolverhampton and Barking and Dagenham.

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