Migrants experiences of life in the UK is focus of University of Leicester event

Public invited to launch of new research at Resource for London

Thursday 16 November 2017 at 6.30pm

The experiences of migrants coming to live in London and Leicester will be the focus of a free interactive public event at Resource for London on 16 November.

Citizenship and Belonging in Unsettling Times has been organised in collaboration with the Leicester Migration Networkand the Unit for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement (DICE) in the School of Media, Communication and Sociology at the University of Leicester.

The event will be an opportunity to discuss key findings from the Economic and Social Research Council-funded project: ‘The UK Citizenship Process: Exploring Immigrants’ Experiences’.  Speakers and the audience are invited to consider the insights generated by the project into migrants’ experiences of becoming British citizens as well as broader issues of migration and belonging.

Professor Surinder Sharma, Co-Director of the Unit for DICE said:

“In the context of Brexit, debates over citizenship, immigration and belonging have gained new urgency. We welcome the findings of this project, particularly the call that we must listen to the voices of those who have experienced the process of seeking British citizenship. This event will provide a unique opportunity for academics, migrant rights advocates, politicians and members of the public to explore these issues together.”

Leah Bassel, Principal Investigator of the Economic and Social Research Council-funded project said:

“Our aim in this event is to bring the findings and recommendations from our research project into public debate.  We hope to move beyond bullet points and develop a call for action in these unsettling times, drawing on all of our knowledge and experiences.”

Speakers and members of the audience will discuss pressing issues of citizenship and belonging in London (a city with its own unique history of migration) and beyond.

Speakers include:

  • Don Flynn, Former Director of the Migrants’ Rights Network
  • Dr Melanie Cooke, Senior Teaching Fellow in ESOL and Applied Linguistics, King’s College
  • Rockhaya Sylla, Welfare Advisor, Consultant and Educator currently working for Freedom from Torture
  • Dr Helia Lopez Zarzosa, Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organisation (IRMO), Independent Researcher and former refugee from Chile
  • Dr Leah Bassel,Principal Investigator of ‘The UK Citizenship Process: Exploring Immigrants’ Experiences’ Economic and Social Research Council-funded project, School of Media, Communication and Sociology, University of Leicester
  • Chair: Paul Amuzie, Citizenship and Integration Advisor, Greater London Authority Communities and Social Policy Team.

This free public event will take place from 6.30pm to 8.30pm in the Conference Hall, Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA London. You can register to attend here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/citizenship-and-belonging-in-unsettling-times-tickets-38401877048

The UK Citizenship Process: Exploring Immigrants’ Experiences is an ESRC-funded research project conducted by Leah Bassel (PI), David Bartram, Barbara Misztal, Pierre Monforte and Kamran Khan. You can visit the project webpage:


and download the report here https://goo.gl/eAsJQV

 For more information about this event contact: mh528@le.ac.uk

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