Immigrants Helpline: A Guide to the Future of Immigrants Living in the UK
Ever since Brexit crystallised as the political option to determine British future in the upcoming years, a lot has been said about the consequences that this process may have. Yet when and how will changes be effective remain unclear at this moment in time.
Today I would like to present you a project that has just launched and in which I’m collaborating: Immigrants Helpline, immigrants helping immigrants through life in Britain after Brexit.
Following Britain’s decision to leave the European Union on 23 June 2016, we were moved by the sense of uncertainty and fear felt by many immigrants who had made Britain their home. We realised that between complex legal analyses and often-disconcerting news headlines, there was very little clear information available on the consequences that Brexit might have on immigrants. We decided to try to bridge that gap.
Immigrants’ Helpline was founded as an immigrant-led organisation with the goal of helping immigrants living in Britain understand and cope with what is a challenging and uncertain time in British history. Our main motivation was to reduce the uncertainty affecting many immigrants by providing clear, multi-lingual information on what is happening and guidance on what it means for those living in Britain.
After a week of intense work developing content and building a website, we are launching, in six languages, an initial questionnaire on what Brexit means for foreign nationals living in Britain.
This incredible achievement would not have been possible without the participation of many driven and compassionate volunteers. Our first steps have shown that when events conspire to divide communities, the natural reaction of many is to come together and build new bridges.
Whether you would like to join us as volunteers, follow our progress or benefit from our guidance, we encourage you to visit our website and social media accounts, listed below:
Follow us on Twitter: @immigrants_help
Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/immigrants.help