More than a migrant

International Migrants Day

Today is International Migrants Day and the Intercultural Cities Programme have themed this year ‘more than a migrant’.

We spoke to three residents who have migrated to Kirklees and asked them what they do, why they migrated and what they’ve achieved since living in Kirklees.

Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, said: “Kirklees has always been, and continues to be, a place of welcome. Migrants come here for various reasons, it may be that they are seeking safety, an education or to work. Regardless of why they come to Kirklees, be that out of choice or necessity, we are proud to welcome people from across the world who want to contribute to Kirklees and call it ‘home’.

“We’ve seen the benefits that migration brings to our local economy but we must not forget the cultural and social benefits of migration to. When we explore and learn from other cultures we realise that we do have more in common and from that grows a connection of mutual understanding.”

International Migrants Day is a United Nations (UN) led initiative, that’s why in 2019 we spoke with Yemen born, Mohammed Gaber, who works at Kirklees Council and is a former UN volunteer and employee.

Read Mohammed’s story here: Hi, I’m Mohammed Gaber And This Is My Story Of Migration.