Migrants' Rights Network

Migrants lead the way: Lessons and perspectives from the Outsider Project

On Thursday 8 February, the Migrants’ Rights Network will publish its latest report, which shares the approach and outcomes of MRN’s Outsider Project. The project and report advocate for the use of participatory project methodologies that empower migrant communities to self-organise and be the leaders of change locally.

The report, The Outsider Project: Empowering Local Community Organising for Migrant Led Change, will outline the project’s successes, challenges and learnings from its delivery in Wolverhampton, Boston, Oldham, and Barking and Dagenham during 2017. Alongside this it provides recommendations for organisations, groups and individuals who are interested in designing and delivering projects that ensure a migrant-led approach, with the aim of promoting these positive practices and encouraging their adoption in forthcoming project design.

The Outsider Project’s report will be released in the lead up to 1 Day Without Us, a national day of action celebrating migrants and migration in the UK. To mark the day, events will take place across the UK promoting the message ‘Proud to be a migrant, proud to stand with migrants’, including a public rally in Westminster, London. Migrant Leaders who delivered the Outsider Project will participate in local events as they continue to proudly advocate for their rights and represent their communities.

The engagement of the Migrant Leaders and migrant communities who led the Outsider Project with 1 Day Without Us shows the lasting impact of the project’s approach, which provided leadership and community organising training to support migrant communities to identify key issues they wished to address, and equipped them with the knowledge, tools and logistical support to do so. We hope that you will join us in marking 1 Day Without us in solidarity, as a migrant or an ally.

‘The Outsider Project: Empowering Local Community Organising for Migrant Led Change’ will be published on the Migrants’ Rights Network’s website on 8 February; to receive a digital copy directly to your inbox please email [email protected].

1 Day Without Us will celebrate migration on 17 February, 2018. For more information visit the 1 Day Without Us website, or to join the London rally email [email protected]

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Fabien Cante

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