Further details on the latest issue of the Migrant Voice Newspaper. The following text is taken from the Migrant Voice website:
The Migrant Voice newspaper will be distributed on Monday April 20th in Birmingham from 3-6pm at Moor Street station; in London on Tuesday the 21st from 4-7pm at Waterloo, Victoria and London Bridge stations and on April 28th from 4-7pm at Kings Cross, Euston, Oxford Circus and Paddington stations.
Immigration is high on the news agenda and is being presented by some politicians as a burden on the country, feeding fears and fuelling prejudice. There are 7.8 million foreignborn nationals in the UK but they are largely underrepresented in mainstream British media.
Our research reveals that migrants’ voices are heard in only one in eight media stories on migration. Many of these articles reflect critical, sometimes explicitly negative, attitudes – not only towards migration policies but also migrants themselves.
Far from the idea that debating migration is off-limits, it turns out that the only people ‘banned’ from discussing it are migrants themselves.
Here, we place migrants at the centre of the debate and let them tell their stories.
We found that over 90 per cent of migrants feel at least partially integrated into British society yet feel totally excluded from the political conversation about migration. When politicians make ill-informed comments it creates distrust on both sides. Yet – thankfully – the vast majority of Britons feel positive about the migrants they encounter in their daily lives, and the feeling is mutual.
Migrant Voice aims to address the lack of balanced and accurate representation in the media and celebrate the contribution migrants make to the UK. Our paper includes vibrant, engaging and moving stories, created and distributed by migrants.
This year’s issue is particularly important as it coincides with Migrant Voice celebrating five years of movement building, mobilisation and engagement with the public debate.
In this issue we unveil a new ‘I am an Immigrant’ poster campaign which celebrates the immense contribution that immigrants make.
The posters, which go on display at hundreds of London tube stations and national railway stations this month, show immigrants are part of the fabric of British society.
We are also the first to report on the launch of the ‘Bloody Foreigners’ campaign mobilising migrant communities to give more blood, turning an old phrase on its head. It’s just one of the many ways today’s migrants are contributing to the health and wealth of our nation.
We give you a glimpse into the strong North Korean community in the UK, the largest defector community from that country in Europe.
We also take you on two long, horrifying journeys from Syria and Eritrea in search of safety in the UK.
And we share the inspirational story of Agnes, an orphan of the Rwandan genocide and a former child soldier, who is now settled in the UK and is campaigning to improve the lives of other children orphaned by war.
There are also stories about the everyday lives of migrants in Britain – in restaurants, on the sports field, in the arts, in business.
Many more stories are featured on our website www.migrantvoice.org.
We also want to hear your thoughts – write to us at [email protected]
We hope you enjoy reading our paper.
Nazek Ramadan Founder, Migrant Voice
To read the full paper: http://bit.ly/1GYTI9M
To request printed copies of the paper, please email [email protected]