Migrant Lives, Presents and Futures

This is a collaborative project between the Migrant Centre NI (Dr Marta Kempny) and QUB (Dr Maruska Svasek).

What is the purpose of the project?

The purpose of the study is to raise awareness about migrant lives in Northern Ireland, particularly in the context of insecurities around Brexit and the pandemic. The project will consist of two parts. In the first part, we will deliver three story telling workshops via ZOOM – on migrants’ pasts, presents and futures. Migrants will be able to share memories of your homeland, your experiences of life in Northern Ireland and hopes/fears for the future. We hope that the storytelling workshops will provide a platform for sharing ideas and express opinions on the situation of migrants in NI.

In the second part, we will organise arts workshops via ZOOM. Tiffany Donnelly, also a migrant, will talk migrants through ways in which you can create painted stones to represent aspects of their home countries, reflect on their experiences in Northern Ireland, and express feelings about the future.

What are the benefits of this project?

We hope that this website will raise people’s awareness of migrant lives in Northern Ireland. This is particularly important in the context of Brexit and the pandemic, and will help to build bridges between ethnic minorities and local communities in Belfast.