Samphire’s blog provides a space for migrants in the UK from a wide range of backgrounds to tell their stories and have their voices heard.
The new blog will launch at The University of Kent’s Festival of Projections. Bamidele, an ex-detainee and refugee, who was given compensation for his treatment whilst in immigration detention in the UK, will tell his story to the Human Megaphone and have his message amplified through the crowd. This is a perfect representation of the effect we hope this blog can have. To read Bamidele’s story in full click here.
Why do we need to talk about migration and hear migrant voices?
Through our work we come across a huge number of stereotypes and misconceptions about immigration. Research has shown that British people are often woefully under informed about the true facts about migration, fueled by the rhetoric of politicians and the press. From years of working with migrants we know that these stereotypes are often far from the reality of migrants’ experiences. Through this space we hope to tell the full range of migrant stories in all their wonderful diversity to help dispel the myth of a stereotyped migrant experience.
Through providing a space for individual stories we also aim to build empathy. Recent headlines outlining the numbers in the ‘refugee crisis’ and misinformed comments like the prime ministers reference to ‘migrant swarms’ present migrants as a mass too large to be comprehensible. Individual stories on the other hand provide a manageable route to access migrant experiences as a building block to empathy and understanding.
Migrants are also a group in societies whose voice are rarely heard. So much of current popular discourse seems to be about migrants but how often does this actually include the voices of migrants themselves? For the ex-detainees we work with this feeling of being marginalised and silenced is intense. This space provides a forum for migrants to have a voice, to be hard and to speak for themselves in their own words. Please help us amplify this voice by sharing the blog and the stories you read here.