MigrationWork and its partners in three West Midlands cities have won more than four million Euros to help the region’s communities achieve the maximum benefit from migration and improve migrants’ and refugees’ sense of belonging.

The ‘MiFriendly Cities’ project has been awarded €4,280,640 from the Urban Innovative Actions stream of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which provides resources to test new and unproven solutions to address urban challenges.

MigrationWork’s role will primarily be to support Coventry, Birmingham, Wolverhampton and their private and voluntary sector partners to learn from cities across Europe, capture the learning of the three-year project and share it more widely.

Three project partners are migrant-run organisations and the project places a strong emphasis on migrants’ own agency and ability to tell their own story in the media.

Sue Lukes, MigrationWork Chair, said:

De-industrialising cities across Europe are grappling with a range of challenges, including migration. This project offers cities in the West Midlands a fantastic opportunity to learn from each other, as well as other European cities, about how best to tap into the creativity and innovation of their migrant citizens.

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