"Our vision is of London being home to Central and Eastern European (CEE) migrants where they can make choices about their families, work and homes, and live fulfilled lives as respected members of local communities. Our mission is supporting CEE migrants who experience poverty, exploitation and social exclusion in order to help them to make choices about their lives and realize their potential as equal members of communities."

We are in Neasden Festival, Saturday 9 July!

On Saturday, 9 July, we went to Neasden Festival to reach out to Eastern Europeans living in London Borough of Brent. The event was a great success – we met many of our fellow expats as well as the Mayor of Brent and key council officer. It was an excellent opportunity for us to highlight […]

We are in a linguistics blog talking about linguistic xenophobia

The research project T-lang – Translation and Translanguaging: Investigating Linguistic and Cultural Transformations in Superdiverse Wards in Four UK Cities, which is a cooperation between the universities based across four cities – Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds and London, has written a blog about linguistic xenophobia, or symbolic linguistic violence, as an aftermath of the Brexit referendum. We have been […]

We are in MATV, a community channel

Yesterday (July 6) we took part in a live discussion on MATV, a British community channel also watched in the USA. We talked about practical ways of solving community tensions, why these tensions emerged in the first place following the referendum, and about contributions Eastern European and other migrant communities have been making to the […]

After the referendum – has anything changed for Eastern Europeans? No.

Ever since the outcome of the Brexit referendum is known, there has been a flurry of communications regarding the status of EU nationals living in the UK as well as letters and petitions demanding from the government that they confirm this status for us. Without shadow of doubt, these attempts were good-willed and aimed at […]

Brexit is a reality we all have to learn to live with

Yesterday British voters decided to terminate membership in the European Union. What does it mean for 3 millions EU nationals living in the UK? What can we expect? We face the new reality of living in communities split between those wishing to leave and those wanting to stay. Our fellow expats – Eastern Europeans living […]

Human trafficking for forced labour – what response do we want?

Human trafficking is a serious crime and a violation of human rights. Victims are coerced, lured into or threaten to perform work that they cannot refuse. They are threaten with violence, abuse, reporting to the police, often manipulated to petty crime to keep them terrified and obedient. Their documents are taken away. They are forced […]

We met with Gangmasters Licensing Authority

Today we participated in the meeting of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority’s (GLA) NGO/Worker Liaison Group. We have been invited following our involvement in protecting migrant workers’ rights and voicing concerns on behalf of vulnerable Eastern European workers who have been or who are at risk of labour abuse and exploitation. The GLA is a labour […]