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Barking and Dagenham migrants tackle hostility towards immigration with English classes and ‘Migrant Hub’

PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 February 2018

The Outsider Project has appointed spokespeople to help bridge the gaps between non-migrant and migrant communities in Barking and Dagenham Picture: Thom Flint

The Outsider Project has appointed spokespeople to help bridge the gaps between non-migrant and migrant communities in Barking and Dagenham Picture: Thom Flint

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Migrants in Barking and Dagenham are doing more to tackle hostile attitudes to immigration in the borough.

Migrants in Barking and Dagenham are doing more to tackle hostile attitudes to immigration in the borough.

Working with the Migrants’ Rights Network, migrant leaders have been implementing recommendations made in a Listening Campaign conducted in the summer.

These include a free weekly Migrant Hub at the Ripple Centre, organising more English classes, and producing a multi-lingual booklet with information on rights to live, work and study in the UK.

Fizza Qureshi, Director of MRN, said: “This project shows that migrants themselves are often the best agents of change. We should be listening to people and empowering them to tackle the issues they see in their day to day lives.”

The Listening Campaign came as part of MRN’s Outsider Project, which established migrant spokespersons in Barking and Dagenham, Boston, Wolverhampton and Oldham to help build bridges between migrant and non-migrant communities.


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