Our Manifesto

Want to know what Migrants Contribute is all about? Read our Manifesto and join the campaign!

Manifesto

This is a manifesto from some of the voices inside Britain’s seven million strong migrant communities.Every day for many months past we have been the subject of commentary in the media and the politicians on the ‘problem’ we are supposed to present to British society.

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Become a Change-maker

Are you ready to challenge politicians and the media when they lie about migrants?

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“Change-makers” are migrants and friends of migrants who have decided to take action as a result of the growing demonization that we are facing, those who are ready to challenge politicians when lies are used about our lives. Those prepared to achieve a fairer and more just debate about migration and the contributions we make.

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Wear it!

Wear the change! Let everybody know that Migrants Contribute & help get the message loud & clear!.

Migrants Contribute T-shirtsGet one of Migrants Contribute limited edition t-shirts “Hell Yeah! #MigrantsContribute”. All funds are used to cover Change-makers actions and to produce further resources to help get the message across as far and loud as possible! Make some noise with us, take your pic and participate in our social media campaign!

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We work towards a society that acknowledges the economic, cultural, political and social contributions that migrants make.

A society that values the richness brought by diversity.

News and Updates

Latin American Migrants Contribute – Event programme

Latin American Migrants Contribute – Event programme

Posted by admin on Mar 26, 2015

Haven’t you heard? We are taking over the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre with a celebratory event. Check out this amazing line up! Over 50 different groups come together to celebrate the many ways in which Latin American migrants contribute. Join...

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Latin Americans Raise Against Xenophobia and Racism

Latin Americans Raise Against Xenophobia and Racism

Posted by admin on Mar 26, 2015

Join us on Saturday the 28th March for a celebratory ‘take over’ of the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre as the Latin American community rises against the increasing levels of racism andxenophobia. The Latin American community is organizing a celebratory event to highlight the invaluable contribution that migrant entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, professionals and organizations make to British society. The event will see a series of spaces hosting musical and theatrical performances, art workshops for children, speakers and exhibitions, and voter registration pop up all over the shopping centre, which is a focal point for business activity and community life in the area. The event will then move to the nearby Coronet theatre at 5:00pm for 8:30pm finale. Elephant and Castle, often nicknamed ‘the Latin quarter’, is home to the largest and oldest Latin American business cluster in London. There are 80 Latin American businesses in the Elephant and Castle area, each employing on average between 1-5 people, and attracting large number of visitors and customers to the area. This event is coordinated by a number of organizations: #MigrantsContribute, Latin Elephant, CLAUK, LAWRS, IRMO, LADPP, IOM, NAZ Latina, People’s bureau, Migrants Rights Network, The Forum, Telefono de la esperanza, MERU, Latinos in London, LUKAS awards, Luna Play back Theatre, Talentos, Casa Latin American Theatre festival, The Coronet and a number of businesses within the Shopping...

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Happy Christmas to All Migrants

Happy Christmas to All Migrants

Posted by admin on Dec 17, 2014

Migrants Contribute came out to the streets last weekend to ask people to send christmas wishes to all migrants this year. Find out what they said and help us spread the...

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Migrants- empowering themselves and others

Migrants- empowering themselves and others

Posted by admin on Dec 4, 2014

Have you ever sought advice? Because you have paid too much income tax? For clarification with an issue at work? A landlord doesn’t want to return your deposit? You have had a dispute with a neighbour? Problems with your health and you can’t find a GP to register with?  Have you had complications in dealing with a government department such as the Department for Work and Pensions? Or, maybe you require support settling back into the UK if you are an expat that has lived abroad the last 10 years of your life. Many factors affecting our wellbeing may trigger a need for advice and sooner or later most of us will experience difficulties in our lives that will require a third party to be involved to help us understand the law and our rights. This is when advice can really help and if it is early it will prevent the situation becoming a lot worse and then escalating! Dealing with a problem effectively requires advice which is sometimes legal.  Knowledgeable, skilful and competent advisers can help us address it and hopefully resolve it.  Good, free and timely  advice give us informed practical solutions for dealing with  our everyday problems enabling us to understand a situation and the options for action. AdviceUK is a national charity and our purpose is to improve people’s lives through working with andsupporting independent advice services. We are the biggest network of independent advice centres in the UK. AdviceUK has joined the Migrants Contribute campaign because through work with our members and advice organisations over the last 35 years, we can vouch for the...

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No-one should be afraid to say where they are from

No-one should be afraid to say where they are from

Posted by admin on Dec 4, 2014

The climate of fear and antipathy towards newcomers to the UK from Europe hurts individuals in their day-to-day lives. We in the UK should take a moment to reflect on what these negative attitudes and behaviours say about us as a national community. Migrants hold a mirror up to the host nation. What we choose to see in that mirror is very much up to us. At the beginning of April, a young woman came to my door collecting for Battersea Cats and Dogs Home. We have one dog and two cats in our house so we struck up a good conversation. It turned out that the young woman was a trained lawyer, about to start a Masters course at UCL. “That’s wonderful” I said, “I noticed a slight accent in your voice, do you mind if I ask where you were born?” “I’m afraid I can’t tell you that” the young woman replied “ in Britain it is considered a weakness if you come from my country”. It may me feel very uncomfortable to think that things had got to this point in Britain. This young woman, with so much to offer this country, felt that the climate of opinion was so negative in Britain – and this in London – that she was unable to acknowledge where she came from. “Well you’ve knocked on the right door,” I replied, “because I am part of an organisation called New Europeans, which is working with other groups to change the narrative on migration.” The young woman’s name is Mihaela. I gave her the contact details for New Europeans and...

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Line up to change the narratives…

Line up to change the narratives…

Posted by admin on Dec 4, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, a group of interested organisations and people were in at the birth of a new movement to combat the growing demonization of migrants, so much in evidence during the recent local and European elections.  We have called our campaign #MigrantsContribute. It will use the media to challenge negative and false coverage about migrants by providing fair and evidenced based narratives, which tell the truth about the contribution migrants make. We are all extremely upset to hear how political parties are quite prepared to use lies and distortions about migrants, which are far from the truth, to gain votes and encourage a hostile response to migrants. We know how eager migrants arriving in the UK are to work hard to create a better future for ourselves and our families. Despite the odds being stacked against us and the struggles we have with language barriers and a lack of information, which prevent us from accessing basic services, made worse by exploitative conditions of work and low wages even when we are highly qualified. Despite all this we still work hard and contribute to society. We make the UK our home and just like any other citizens we contribute by paying our taxes, working hard and helping the economy to grow, as well as bringing our knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. If you agree with us that migrants deserve to be represented correctly in the media and in the political statements made by politicians, either because you are a migrant or friends of migrants, we want to welcome you and urge you to join us. We...

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