The Migrant Voice Newspaper

by Migrant Voice
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About the project

Goals

Tipping Point £800
Milestone 2 £2,500
Milestone 3 £4,000
Milestone 4 £7,000
£3,078.75
tipping point
£30.000
20%
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
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In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

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What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?

Immigration continues to be high on the news agenda. It is presented by politicians, policy makers as a burden on the country. This feeds fears and fuel prejudice, and “by the government to make policy decisions that confirm and fuel public anxiety and fear. There is a need for alternative voices. ” Professor Heaven Crawley, Swansea University. It diverts attention from the key issues – inequality and poverty. Crucially, the dominant voices shaping the immigration debate are not migrants and actively exclude migrants. The Migrant Voice Newspaper places migrants at the centre of the debate, to ensure that the dialogue is shaped by values of inclusion, justice and dignity for all. 

Can you give us some statistics on this problem?

According to the Transatlantic Trends 2013 report - within the EU - the UK has the highest level of people viewing immigration as a problem (64%). The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants also states that the number of race hate crimes is rising markedly.

Our recent media monitoring research, Migrants Invisible in UK Media, shows that migrants are only quoted in 1 in 8 news stories on migration. It is clear from the overall data available that migrants’ views are systematically invisible or ignored when it comes to addressing most stories affecting migrants.

Photo by Karen Gordon

 

What is your solution?

We propose to publish a pre-election edition of Migrant Voice to address the lack of balanced and accurate representation in the media. The newspaper will include vibrant, engaging and creative content with mass appeal. It will be created, edited and distributed by migrants and loosely based on the freesheet model. Through a series of interviews, articles and features, the paper will celebrate the contribution of migration to the UK and tell migrants' unique stories and experiences.

Photo by Karen Gordon

 

How will you deliver this?

The newspaper will be produced by the help of volunteers. It will be printed in hard copy in order to directly reach members of the public who would not otherwise proactively search for such content online. The content will also be hosted on our website and distributed to the media. 

Our 500 members throughout the UK and partner organisations will help to distribute the paper widely focusing on the UK’s major cities: London, Birmingham, Glasgow and other UK cities in community centres, libraries, universities, all Members of the Houses of Parliament, local councillors, and the media. 

The amount we need to produce the paper is 20K for printing, storage, distribution, design and other production costs for 100,000 copies of a full colour 36 page Migrant Voice newspaper distributed across a number of UK cities.

We have already raised £12,500 of this, and we have approached a number of organisations to raise additional funds.

We are asking you to help us raise £7,000 to contribute to essential printing, storage and distribution costs. 

Photo by Karen Gordon

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  • 2 minutes
    Share the link to our crowdfunding page with your friends, family and colleagues on social media or in conversation.
  • 30 minutes
    Send us your stories of migration, diversity and inclusive communities.
  • A few hours
    Join our team of volunteers to distribute copies of the paper in your local area

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

Our Vision: is of an equitable society where migrants and refugees are recognised for their contribution, embraced as valuable members of our community, and their voices equally heard. Our Mission: Migrant Voice works to improve attitudes and behaviours towards migration through mobilising migrants to positively influence migration debates

Geographical coverage

Within UK

Our track record

Since 2010 Migrant Voice has successfully established a respected forum of 500 members providing a platform for migrants to engage with the media and the public, offering training and media engagement activities in London, Birmingham and Glasgow. The organisation was set up by a group of passionate migrants, journalists and supporters before the 2010 general election to address the lack of migrant voices amid concerns about the negative tone of the debate and how this was interpreted on the streets and how it impacted on migrants. As well as the impact of this on immigration policies, we were concerned about the rise in anti-immigrant sentiments. To date Migrant Voice has already produced 3 successful issues of the Migrant Voice newspaper with 100,000 copies distributed to the public across the country each time. The paper has engaged many migrant communities in reaching out to the public by writing about their own experiences and issues and actively sharing these through a street distribution and conversation. The paper has brought the authentic voices and experiences of migrants to politicians and it has provided the public with an opportunity to hear about migrants and migration from migrants themselves.