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Durham honours Human Migration and the Environment for a whole month

An International Conference & Art Exhibition on climate change induced migration takes over the whole city of Durham, UK until the 5th of July.

Footprint Modulation Migration & Climate Change Conference

For a whole month, the city of Durham has taken the pledge to be the epicentre of knowledge on climate-induced migration thanks to its ambitious artistic director Kooj Chuhan, and the unfolding of a four day conference at Durham University titled ‘Human Migration and the Environment: Futures, Politics, Invention’.

Five major venues spread over the city are exposing various Art shows from international and UK artists until July 5th all related to the theme of climate change and migration. The major exhibit aims to provoke a discussion on climate change induced migration. The point being that nobody in the common media is arguably joining the dots between climate change and migration but reporting on events as they go.

The exhibit takes the stance to focus on the long-term trends and core push factors of migration against the short-termist approach to migration by the Media and politicians.

Indeed, Government frivolously create narratives for their electorate that provide excuses for their rules and policies when, as matter of fact, migration is driven by a major environmental factors: decades of droughts, climate changes or environmental catastrophe have pushed humans to go for better and safer places to live. The various art shows unveil the context and the deeper narratives of migration today that we are all blind to.

Tracey Zengeni @ The MIner's Hall, Durham

A message that we are sensitive to here at Migreat: we believe that migration is a fact of life, and migration journeys cannot be controlled but only made more or less challenging by government policies. As a result, Migreat believes government have in their hands to decide where they want to set the line of who is legal and who is illegal.

This message will be culminating and articulated during the four days conference this weekend Sunday 28th until July 1st.

The project was developed in partnership with the international conference titled “Human Migration and the Environment: Futures, Politics, Invention”. It concludes four intensive years of Europe-wide workshops, organised and led by Durham University Geography Department.

A free online webcast of some of the conference sessions will be live at this link on Monday and Tuesday.

Conference details at http://www.climigration.eu

FACE IT 2015 – Photographs of people that make up the immigration debate in the UK

A photographic project by Ben McMillan wants to give a human face to the immigration debate.

Afghani Driver LondonBefore you go to vote today, make sure you scroll down the beautiful portraits of FACE IT 2015 –  perhaps the most thought provoking projects addressing the immigration debate in a non-partisan fashion.

FACE IT 2015 – is a series of portraits by photographer Ben McMillan gathering a visual cross-section of the people who make up the immigration debate. From all walks of life, and all levels of society: Boris Johnson portraits comes side by side to a UKIP representative, himself followed by an Afghani London taxi driver.

The photograph used of the same spotlight and lens to shoot each of these individuals. Each have a unique opinion on immigration to the UK. The result is stunning – with the finish of a glam advertisement for a luxury brand. What’s more it puts everyone on an equal footing: each opinion is respected.

Boris Johnson Immigration PortraitThe project is neither profit making nor a party-political exercise. Instead, it is made up of individual portraits being shot right now in and around London so to calm and give a human face to the central social debate of immigration.

Share with friends and go vote today. Follow the project on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

The New British: Photographic Portraits of London Migrants

Be part of something big: Chris Steele-Perkins, world famous photographer part of the Magnum Collective is looking to make photographic portraits of migrant families living in London as to record the fast changing idea of what is British. Here is more about the project and how to participate as a migrant!

New British
Adebimpe Ogunmokun, (mother) with her sons Joe Arojojoye (left) and Michael Ashaplu. From Nigeria. Credits: Chris Steele-Perkins.

Chris Steele-Perkins, the famous photographer part of the Magnum collective with work in the collection of the Tate, the V&A and the National Portrait Gallery and author of over 10 books, is back with a new project on his favourite topic: the British Identity; and is now actively looking for applicants.

The photographic portraits Chris intents to take in the next weeks are family portraits (whatever family means to someone) within the migrant’s home in London. Contacted on the phone to speak about the project, Chris said that the photos need to be taken in the house, to enforce the idea of “residency”.

Family of Shamshad Jafferji Cockcroft, who is from Tanzania with her husband Laurence. At front son Joshua, far left Joshua’s girlfriend Hariette Clarke. Centre back, daughter Jasmine with her baby Elaina. Jasmine’s husband is standing, Roland Heap. Credits: Chris Steele-Perkins.

Migrants are often portrayed in the media as ‘mobile’, ‘taking resources away’ from locals and not really here to stay and contribute. By taking pictures in the house, Chris highlights the fact that most migrants are actually investing here to stay, that they make a contribution to their new local area and that they do take part as such in the unique identity of London. The latest statistics confirm that idea: 37% of Central London residents were born outside the UK.

Interestingly, the title of the project was initially the New Londoners; and in fact, most migrants to the UK resides in London. However, Chris changed his mind to the title “the New British”, because as he explains it, if London is not representative of the all UK, it is influencing the notion of British Identity and likely to impact other regional cities on the long term.

“The most significant change taking place in Britain right now is immigration. It represents a seismic shift in what it means to be British. I plan to record this change: to leave a record behind of this phenomena at the start of the 21st century”

New British - Mark Power
Ziggi Golding and her daughters Savannah (blonde), Nuala Ferrington and her daughter Kione. Ziggi is from Jamaica. Credits: Chris Steele-Perkins.

Cris is looking to photograph people living in London who are from another country in the world – that’s around 200 states recognised by the UN, and a few more besides, like Kurdistan.

Are you or your parents not originally from the UK, but now you live here? Great, you might be interested and qualify for the project! Reach out to Chris at chrissteeleperkins@hotmail.com, or Chloe at hello@chloerosser.co.uk or Izabella at izabella_fagan@yahoo.co.uk and tell them a little bit about yourselves. They will get back to you and arrange an appointment, simple as that.

If you want to check Chris out further his website is chrissteeleperkins.com.

What’s in it for you? Be part of something big and exciting. Be part of London. Be in a book. Be in an exhibition. And, get a free signed print of your family photograph. Enjoy the experience. Be proud of who you are. It costs you nothing. 🙂 

Happy International Migrants Day 2014

Today is International Migrants’ day, and as a company that helps make migration easy for all, we are celebrating and dedicating this blog post to the 232 million people on earth that have moved abroad for a better life.


To honour International Migrants day, Migreat blog has compiled interesting data and stories on migration this whole week that you can find summarised below

Sunday brought about the big picture of international Migration and Monday took a deeper look at International Student migration.

Tuesday was dedicated to Migreat staff telling their individual migrant stories and Wednesday voiced out the positive contribution UK Migrants make to the UK.

Today, as a virtual gift from our team and to celebrate in music migrants, we opened our playlist made of immigration songs to which you can contribute to.


Join us and participate today on Twitter and Facebook by sharing your photo or story followed with the #IAmAMigrant hashtag and mentioning @Migreat. We will retweet and repost the best stories and pictures.

Latin Americans in London: a thriving and lively community embracing multiculturalism

This post is part of a series of blog posts introducing the multiple migrant communities living in London.

Almost everyone in London knows one or two good spot for Mexican or Peruvian food, enjoys the yearly parade of Afro-latino communities in the Notting Hill Carnival or has enjoyed a good book from the finest Latin American writers. But how well do you know your “vecinos”?

Ecuadorian women dressed with traditional costume performing during Carnaval del Pueblo. Photo credit: Flickr.com/photos/hozinja
Ecuadorian women dressed with traditional costume performing during Carnaval del Pueblo. Photo credit: Flickr.com/photos/hozinja

More Latinos in the UK than you imagine

No one knows exactly how many Latin Americans live in the UK, but some estimations from 2008 indicate that from the approximate 186,500 in the United Kingdom around 113,500 live in London. Comparing this number with data from 2001, the community has multiplied nearly four times in recent years, making it one of the fastest-growing communities in the UK.

If you still need more proof on how quickly the community has grown, just visit the main places where the community meet, socialise and do business, such as Elephant and Castle – particularly, Tiendas del Sur -, Pueblito Paisa in Seven Sisters or even Brixton Market. You’ll be surprised not just by the numbers, but also by how dynamic the community is in London.

The community is open for business

The Argentinian Noel Alonso created a successful business from her house in Birmingham
The Argentinian Noel Alonso created a successful business from her house in Birmingham

Latin Americans are a hard-working community, with an employment rate higher than 80%. In recent years, London has seen an increase in Latino-run businesses that cater for both Latin Americans and other communities in the UK. You can read some of their stories and how they set up successful businesses from Mariana Ciancio, freelance writer at Migreat.

Since the crisis shook the European economies, the UK looks more and more to Latin America to invest and create new business relationships. The Latin American community in the UK is now looking for the opportunity to serve as a bridge between both economies and lead UK investors to new markets in their countries.

A Latino footprint to the City

Talentos Group is one of the many Latin American groups that spread Latin American culture in the UK
Talentos Group is one of the many Latin American groups that spread Latin American culture in the UK

Latin Americans are seen as cheerful and colorful people, and despite this view being mostly a stereotype, there’s some truth in it. The community has been able to create spaces where they can express its particular joie de vivre in this too often isolating city. Every year, the community holds important events such as film, theatre and food festivals and even its very own Carnival, that after a break is due to continue next year.

A very active community, Latin Americans have a profound influence on London’s nightlife, especially around Brixton and Notting Hill.

A community fitting well in London’s multicultural character

Latin Americans tend to enjoy London multiculturalism because they are themselves a very diverse community: while some Latinos consider themselves white, there’s an important proportion that proudly expresses their afrodescendent and/or indigenous roots.

Race aside, Latin Americans’ migration journeys are very diverse. While some came directly to London to study, a growing number of them migrated from regions of Europe where job opportunities have become scarce after the economic recession. And let’s not forget, of course, the varied nationalities Latinos represent; Brazilians and Colombians being the most commonly found in London.

Blue plaque that commemorates Simón Bolívar trip to London, where he met another key figure in the Independence of Latin America, Franciso de Miranda. The place where they met, Miranda's house, it's now a museum that celebrates the work and life of both distinguished men
Blue plaque that commemorates Simón Bolívar trip to London, where he met another key figure in the Independence of Latin America, Franciso de Miranda. The place where they met, Miranda’s house, it’s now a museum that celebrates the work and life of both distinguished men

Despite clear differences to the British and other migrant communities, Latin Americans have created local connections and made themselves recognised as fully part of London’s street identity.



At Migreat, we support the integration of migrants within their local neighborhood. Beatriz curates and writes news and guides for Latin Americans about events, local services and offers. The community available on the platform is also useful to answer questions that newly arrived migrants may have related to residency, how to meet people and make new friends and generally have fun in the UK.

If you are new to London or interested in the community, visit us at Migreat Latinos and be part of our growing community!

Migrants Contribute: A National Campaign to raise visibility of Immigrants’ Positive Contribution to the UK

The IOM (international Organisation for Migration) is launching a national campaign #MigrantsContribute in collaboration with UK migrant organisations to bring more visibility of the positive contribution immigrants brought to the UK.

Migrant Contribute Campaign Pictures women

Among events, stories and gathering of data on the contribution made by migrants to the UK, the campaign aims at shifting the debate from a vision of migration as a problem to a process to be managed – a mean to enrich a Society.

For that in a globalised world, the UK will handicap itself if it continues developing barriers instead of linkages that connect the UK to countries, communities and individuals across borders. The UK has the power and opportunity to be on the forefront of making of immigration a powerful force driving the economy and society.

The#MigrantsContribute campaign will happen online and offline, with events listed on IOM website

What migrant bring

The next event gathering all volunteers to get involved in the campaign is happening this October 25th at Migreat office in London. The meeting will set the rules for anyone willing to get involved with the campaign and on the day Migreat will be providing training to volunteers and change makers on how to use social media for an effective campaigning.


If you are interested in getting involved with the campaign as a volunteer Change Maker, come to the next meeting on October 25th, reach out to us via @MigrantContribu or RSVP to veronica.becerra.correa[at]gmail.com

The workshop starts at 10am and finishes around 1pm. There will be drinks and snacks to feed thoughts and discussions 🙂