MiFriendly Cities, an 11-partner commitment to developing the West Midlands as a Migrant Friendly region, was selected as an outstanding example of political innovation in Europe. The decision was made by 1058 jurors from 47 countries! Out of the 398 entries, MiFriendly Cities ranks amongst the 10 best in its field, and amongst the 90 best in Europe.
The project is a three-year initiative that looks to develop innovative, community-led and sustainable approaches to enhancing the contribution of refugees and migrants across the West Midlands.
For more information about MiFriendly Cities in Coventry see welcometocoventry.co.uk
Funded by Urban Innovative Actions (UIA), it brings together a diverse and innovative cross-sector partnership to deliver services and activities as well as advocate for migrants, with a focus on employment, skills, social enterprise, active citizenship and long-term community investment.
There are nine categories in The Innovation in Politics Awards and MiFriendly Cities is a finalist in the ‘Human Rights’ category.
Cllr David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said: “This is a great tribute to the hard work and accomplishments of everybody who is a part of the project. I am delighted by the progress that Coventry has made towards becoming a Migrant Friendly city over the last few years.
“This comes at a time when Coventry City Council’s Head of Service Libraries and Migration, Peter Barnett, has received a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to refugees in Coventry.
“We are extremely happy that the city’s work towards community integration is being recognised”.
The winners of The Innovation in Politics Awards will be announced in November.