25 of the most successful and influential migrants

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’Lupita Nyong’o, Mo Farah and Barack Obama considered most influential migrants on Show Racism the Red Card – Wear Red Day.

  • Nyong’o, Farah and Obama feature alongside Anthony Joshua and Gina Miller in the inaugural list celebrating the achievements of first and second-generation migrants.
  • Their notable achievements across entertainment, sports and politics contributed to their inclusion.
  • The list is released on Wear Red Day in the fight against racism to showcase the achievements of migrants across a wide selection of industries in the modern era.

Actress Lupita Nyong’o, athlete Mo Farah and ex-president of the United State Barack Obama, have been listed within the top 25 most influential and successful migrants, according to research conducted by easyESTA.

All three celebrities made the prestigious list for their lifetime achievements. Most notably Nyongo’s award winning performance in “12 Years a Slave”, Farah’s services to athletics, and Obama’s iconic role as the first African-American President of the United States.

With migration and its perceived effects forever at the forefront of political discussion, easyEsta wanted to show the immense impact first and second-generation migrants can make to their new homes and Nyong’o, Farah and Obama were standout candidates.

Dr Mercy Ette, Journalism Course Leader at the University of Huddersfield said:

“Immigration is typically framed negatively and migrants are often presented as scroungers. Rarely does press coverage celebrate the significant economic, cultural, political and social contributions that immigrants have made to the UK. Given that the press is recognised as an agenda setter, the way it frames immigration and immigrants is critical. There are just too many negative perceptions about immigration and the benefits are not publicised enough to change public opinion.”

A spokesperson from easyESTA said:

“Culture is incredibly important to us at easyESTA, we commissioned this study to better understand the significance of migration and how migration has positively impacted on different industries.

“The research surprised us with how diverse people really are. We gained insight into the migrants’ physical and metaphorical journeys. By understanding the cultures that have influenced the migrants’ lives, a new meaning has been added to their legacies.”

Lupita Nyong’o, Mo Farah and Barack Obama are featured alongside the likes of Anthony Joshua, Gina Miller and Andrea Levy – all of whom have made an enormous contribution to the country either they or their parents migrated to.

The announcement of the winners comes on Wear Red Day which encourages schools, businesses & individuals to wear red and donate to help facilitate the delivery of anti-racism education.

The piece aims to positively promote migration as well as supporting and promoting the fight against racism and the relentless vilification of first and second-generation migrants.

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Lucia Widdop


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