"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."

Our CEO gave evidence to the Home Affairs select committee on hate crime

On Tuesday, 10 January 2017, our chief executive officer Barbara Drozdowicz gave evidence to the Home Affairs select committee on hate crime and its violent consequences. Barbara was asked about rise of hate crime enquiries around the Brexit referendum, examples of enquiries, sources of and reasons of hate incidents and the broader context of integration […]

Our hate crime advocacy is mentioned in The Observer, 7 January 2017

The Observer on Saturday, 7 January 2017 mentions our hate crime advocacy project. The article talks about broader issues of reporting hate crime by Poles. To read the whole article follow this link: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jan/07/poles-lin-uk-scared-to-speak-up-on-hate-crimes

Exiting the EU and Eastern Europeans

We are grateful for the opportunity we had on Wednesday, 18 January 2017, to give oral evidence in front of the Committee on Exiting the EU chaired by Hilary Benn MP. We shared a panel with “The 3 million”, an organisation which campaigns to preserve the rights of EU citizens in the UK and British […]

Brexit, London and Eastern Europeans – after meeting new Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement

Today we met Matthew Ryder, a new Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement for Greater London. Matthew helps the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to forward the agenda of integration, mobility and engagement of Londoners. We presented key areas of concern that we believe would have the biggest impact on Eastern […]

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 […]