Immigration Education Nottingham
Want to help fight the climate of discrimination against immigrant and refugee communities in our country?
Want to gain experience in teaching, community engagement, or political campaigning?
WHAT IS IEN AND WHAT'S OUR MISSION?
IMMIGRATION EDUCATION NOTTINGHAM (IEN) is a student led volunteering project established and based within the University of Nottingham Student Union. We were created in the post-Brexit environment to try to change the national discourse and discussion surrounding the issues related to immigration, seeking asylum and diversity generally in the UK.
Our goal is to tackle the social and cultural context which is creating collective violence and discrimination in our country, and instead to encourage a new national approach to talking about and managing the diversity in the UK which is more inclusive of different nationalities, faiths and cultures. The ultimate goal is to create a united and welcoming environment whereby all communities and people that live here can have an equal chance at thriving - without fear of discrimination and/or violence.
THE CONTEXT OF OUR CAUSE
As the world has globalised, immigration and cultural diversity has become a particularly hot topic over the past decade. Increasingly, it has become central to understanding British politics and society in general— throwing public figures like Nigel Farage and EDL’s Tony Robinson and their ideas into increasing popularity within the British public, as well as contributing to political patterns which worry many; for example the rise of UKIP and right wing nationalism generally in our society, as well as the UK’s decision to “take back control” of our borders by leaving the European Union in June 2016.
These major political decisions are ultimately just the outward manifestations of something much deeper going on in the UK, Europe and most Western societies– and that is an increasing fear of and hostility towards more people arriving into our countries, particularly people who come under the definition of voluntary migrants (“immigrants” ) as well as individuals seeking sanctuary from conflict (“refugees”).
IEN was created because many of us take issue with the fact that regardless of one’s political stance, rather than being perceived as human beings, in current discussions on immigration and diversity generally in our country, the identity of "immigrant” and “refugee” has become synonymous with being a threat to the country and our way of life, and has led to increasingly common ideas that the only options on the table are to shut our country’s doors, or to (literally) attack the communities that continue to represent difference in what is becoming an increasingly white-British standard of national identity and acceptance in one’s community.
Given the UK has for most of its history been one built on diversity and today hosts many diverse communities who do not fall under a single identity category, we believe the UK needs a new way of dealing with the people already living in our country and those that will arrive in here in the future– and that is embracing and celebrating difference, rather than fearing it.
We’re here to start that new societal and national approach towards issues and debates related to the topics of immigration and diversity, and we are taking our mission to the streets and the classrooms all across our country - one at a time and we want (and need!) you to help us!
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
In IEN, there are two tracks for you to consider depending on your interests and how much you want to commit to the project. We also host an array of ad hoc events and socials so don’t worry, there’s plenty for you to get involved in if you join us!
WAYS TO CONTACT US FOR SIGNING UP AND GENERAL QUESTIONS:
FIRSTLY, WE WANT AS MANY AS POSSIBLE TO GET INVOLVED SO PLEASE GET IN TOUCH!
If you’re interested, you can sign up directly through our Student Union Page or why not come along to our weekly Wednesday meetings if you want to have has taste of what we do before putting your name forward (location usually posted on our Facebook because rooms tend to change!).
Alternatively you can contact us via our email account (firstname.lastname@example.org), or on here directly through our Facebook Page on messenger.
Either way, we’d love to hear from you however you choose to get in contact and we really hope you come volunteer with us in what is such an important cause in the UK and in Europe right now.
Please don't feel intimidated, the project is itself just over 6 months old, so we're all newbies finding our way!
If you want to fight for equal rights to live and against discrimination and violence in the UK, make sure you get in touch with us!
Ask any questions or queries, and bring any ideas you can. We'll be more than happy to chat to you whatever it is.
We hope to meet you soon!
The IEN Team <3