ACH and MMB seminars

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ACH and MMB seminars

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Our collaboration

Together, MMB and ACH are working to ensure that support for migrant communities enables people to live independent, ambitious lives with greater access to opportunities. One strand of this is our seminar series, which has explored topics such as the concept of “integration”, migrant entrepreneurship, the consequences of No Recourse to Public Funds, housing and more. We also collaborate on projects like ACH's Migrant Business Support, which MMB is evaluating, and previously, the University of Bristol's ESRC-funded Everyday Integration

For ACH it is important we are connected into leading edge research and policy development, drawing on our lived experience. For MMB, it is really helpful to maximise the impact of research and to connect with the needs of local communities. We look forward to expanding our areas of collaboration in the future.

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Housing's role in integration

Registration is now open for our first seminar of 2022!

Housing is the first step towards building a life in the UK, but it can be hard to access safe and secure housing in a difficult market. This online seminar will look at key issues within the housing market, explore existing intervention models from Crisis and ACH and delve into how we can provide inclusive support and housing. Find out more and register below.

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No Recourse to Public Funds

NRPF rules already means tens of thousands of migrants face difficult choices about returning to work; destitution; huge future costs relating to their immigration status; and the prospect of loved ones being forced to leave the UK. This seminar explored the mental health, employment and integration affects NFPF has and will have on people in the future. We looked at NRPF in the context of the proposed Nationality and Borders Bill, heard stories from those who have experienced NRPF and how the lived experience is informing the development of a local response in Bristol.

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Beyond Integration

‘Integration’ can be a controversial concept. When applied to migrant communities it has often been associated with assimilation, a ‘one-way’ process treating migrants as “others” who need to “fit in”. This successful event with nearly 70 participants challenged past approaches, to look “beyond integration” and explore how to ensure that people can fulfil their potential and attain their aspirations within the labour market and wider community.

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Bridging the Gap

Our first seminar as a part of our 2021 seminar series, in collaboration with Migration Mobilities Bristol (MMB), explored refugee and migrant entrepreneurship; delving deeper into the subject of forced entrepreneurship. Migrants and refugees often see enterprise as their route to opportunity. Yet are often regarded as doing this by necessity and given low priority by mainstream business support oganisations lead to precarity. But are we missing an opportunity for those concerned to generate autonomy and for the wider economy to stimulate innovation and growth?