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Source: City of Coventry

Published Wednesday, 06 November 2019

The ground-breaking and innovative MiFriendly Cities project will celebrate reaching its halfway point as a key part of this year’s RISING Global Peace Forum.

MiFriendly Cities was launched in 2017 as a regional project that addresses areas such as Employment, Skills, Active Citizenship, and Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship with the aim of making Coventry, Birmingham and Wolverhampton more migrant friendly in a sustainable way.

Peter Barnett, Head of Libraries at Coventry City Council and the strategic lead for Migration said: ‘We are very excited with all that MiFriendly Cities has achieved as we approach its halfway mark – the RISING Global Peace Forum offers a unique opportunity for us to present the great work of the project. It allows us to showcase what really makes the project special: the expertise of professionals, driven and shaped by the vision and voice of refugees and migrants themselves at the grassroots level’ 

On November 13 a number of refugee and migrants who have worked with the MiFriendly Cities project will be sharing their valuable experiences.

The event will also hear from renowned speakers including Katharina Mattheis (Coordinator of Integration and Participation for Kiel’s Department of Migration), Lefteris Papagiannakis (Chair of Migration and Integration of the Eurocities Network and Vice President for Refugees Issues of European Coalition of Cities Against Racism) and Manuel Hoff (worked on migration governance and migration and development planning and humanitarian assistance in multiple countries) speaking.

MiFriendly Cities will also deliver a seminar on the 15th November about communication: the back bone for peace. The seminar will explore how communication skill impacts our ability to teach, learn and contribute to a peaceful community.

Together participants will look at overcoming one of the major barriers to communication – language.

The packed event will also see the launch of MiFriendly Cities’ Interim Evaluation Report, which will reflect on the successes and challenges to date of using innovative approaches to address the urban challenge of migration.

This year’s RISING takes place from November 13-15 at Coventry Cathedral, exploring the theme ‘The Ecosystem of Peace’; how top-down political decisions, and bottom-up civic actions (and external factors) interconnect – as groups, communities and countries – to make us more secure.

MIL OSI United Kingdom