Migrant Action for Regional Communities

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Social innovation


Finding solutions to local community issues in diverse communities across Kent in the UK is always much harder due to the differing demographics. Communities are spread far and wide and communication can be much more difficult as a result. Across Kent, there are five main regions (Medway, Gravesham, Thanet, Dover and Shepway) where there are significant numbers of Roma people. What they share are common issues including, health, education, employment, engagement and inclusion. From recent research, major issues for these regions include, lack of employment opportunities, poor physical health, mental health, lack of child care and, more recently, issues between the local indigenous population and migrants coming to the area. It is obvious that there are also problems with transient communities across the 2 Seas territory. For is in the UK it is not obvious yet what the solutions to the problems are. Our idea is to bring together migrant communities from the four member states to work together on a common model that can be used to address migrant issues across the 2 Seas territories.

Creation date: 04/08/2016

Bloc onglets

Bloc 1

Overall objective

To empower migrant groups to embrace true innovation within their communities.

Bloc 2


Community driven workshops, events and activities that connect all age groups within the communities. Developing and empowering community leaders to ensure sustainability. Further academic research across the four member states to inform policy makers.

Bloc 3

Expected result

Affordable delivery models of community driven initiatives for revitalising migrant communities. Facilitating better access to statutory services for the target population in these areas. Enabling better relationships and communication with service providers.

Bloc 4

Cross-border added-value

The governments of the member states have significant differences in the way they deal with migrant issues, partly down to geography and the different policies in place in each country. This is then compounded with the different cultures evident in each country and the usual low profile given to isolated communities. Most of the publicity seen is in and around large towns and cities, e.g. Paris, London. The real added value of this idea is that the regional communities are brought into focus. There is a need to understand how different migrants in different are treated, which can only be achieved through cross border cooperation.