In 2016 a Reframing Migration workshop was held in London to better understand migration as social innovation and "start thinking about interactions with refugees as collaboration, rather than a form of charity, and what that would achieve", Alina Muller, Silent University.
The Reframing Migration workshop was a collaborative initiative between Social Innovation Lab Kent at Kent County Council, the University of the Arts London and Professor Ezio Manzini's Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability Network. The findings were reported into the South East Strategic Network for Migration Practitioners.
Initially the need to provide an alternative dialogue was raised by a Community Development worker in East Kent, who identified an increased risk of community tensions in the summer of 2015 and similar experiences across Europe. A collaborative workshop was developed, building on the Cultures of Resilience programme at the University of the Arts London, aiming to view migration with a fresh perspective, a positive lens. As a volunteer in the Calais 'jungle', and actively involved in welcoming refugees into the UK, Emma was able to ensure the Reframing Migration initiative was grounded in real life and current experiences.
The Reframing Migration workshop explored positive practices of migration as social innovation - where people from resident and migrant communities are living, working and collaborating together with positive outcomes for the whole of society.
From January 2017 onwards Emma is continuing the Reframing Migration work in Scotland in collaboration with IRISS, with a view to co-developing learning resources with Social Services practitioners. Below are the slides she used for a workshop at the Social Work Action Network Conference held in Middlesbrough in April 2017.
The Welcome Tent is an ex-army catering tent, repurposed from war to peace, which was donated to raise awareness of the current refugee humanitarian crisis. This roaming learning space was created after a group of us met in the Calais 'jungle' in 2015 and are now reunited in the UK. We aim to use The Welcome Tent to connect people through the universal languages of food, music, art and poetry. Our first outing was at the Hythe Life Food Festival in Kent in 2016, celebrating global flavours while supporting local producers. More UK dates are planned for this summer and we will be venturing into Europe from August. We welcome new host enquiries and all ideas for collaboration.