Migreat is running a series of events & workshops for migrant communities of London.
Next in line: a panel discussion on social media, integration and Arab migrants living in London & the UK.
The arabic migrant communities of London are experiencing a cultural transformation. In the recent years, the spread of mobile technologies and the popularity of social media has made possible for the community to engage in a new manner with news from their home country, re-connect with their homelands and their loved ones.
Syrians, Egyptians, Libyans, Palestinians, etc are enjoying more mediums for communicating and sharing their experiences with friends and family inside and outside the UK. Youtube, Instagram or Whatsapp have become daily tools used by the community to gather, share and exchange information across distance.
But has it helped arab migrants integrate better Europe societies and especially in the UK? Is social media fostering the propagation of communautarian ideas and creating new digital walls where information and platforms are only populated by the same people and ideas?
Our next event on February 28th 2015 brings prominent voices of the London Arabic community from Alaraby Al Jadeed, Arts Canteen, NahlaInk and Meryna to discuss this transformation and its impact on arab migrants in the UK.
Panelist Nahla Al-Ageli, a British-Arab freelance journalist specialising in the arts and culture of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, will talk about her experience blogging for the British-Arabs and the growth of readers she has seen.
Aser El Saqqa, curator, producer and director of Arts Canteen, will be able to illustrate the topic on the recent growth in demand for Arab Arts and the growing recognition of Art coming from the region.
Khalil Al Agha, PhD candidate in New Media Studies and Editor-in-Chief of Al Araby Al Jadeed Arabic website will share his data on Arab youth use of social media to moderate and lead this panel discussion.
The early afternoon will see Tara Jaffar, director of Non-Governmental Organisation, Meryna/مرنة, leading a workshop for the attendees drawing on the expressive and therapeutic of arts to better the understanding of processes of integration and the core role of art and social mediums for arabic migrants in that process.