What is Migrants Library?
The Migrants Library is an innovative approach to equality and diversity because it addresses the broad subject of prejudice without emphasizing one specific case over others. At the same time, it manages to successfully navigate around some of the sensitivities that accompany anti-prejudice work, while maintaining an element of fun and interaction that makes the project immensely appealing to both potential organizers and participants.
Migrants Library will give an opportunity to migrants to enter the Parliament buildings and share their stories and struggles with politicians. Participants will make use of the Human Library, a non-formal educational method that promotes mutual understanding, tolerance, and respect for Human Rights. Operating under the principle that “Everyone has a story, but not all stories are in the books”, the Human Library has proved highly effective is schools and community projects.
Developing this event will be a special process – migrants and refugees will be empowered to participate as ‘living books’ and will be able to feel safe as they tell their stories and answer questions. Participants will get to share their experiences with migrants from other countries whose experiences may be both different and similar.
What is the aim of this event?
Participating in this unique experience, you will:
- Build understanding for diversity;
- Facilitate greater acceptance, tolerance and social cohesion in the community;
- Create a real connection between people;
- Innovating the approach to challenge stigma, stereotypes, and prejudices;
- Give a voice to stigmatized groups of the community, and
- Create support platforms for a greater understanding of diversity and social cohesion.
What are the benefits for the future?
For migrants and refugees, it will be a great opportunity to articulate their predicament to those who in positions of power who make decisions that affect their lives. The workshop is aiming to challenge parliamentarians’ misconceptions, using open dialogue to try to change negative attitudes towards migration.