Our City: Migrants and the Making of Modern Birmingham

Race and migration are the most explosive issues in British politics today. In contrast to the tabloid headlines, Our City: Migrants and the Making of Modern Birmingham explores how one of Britain’s major cities has been transformed for the better by its migrant population.

Based on original interviews, this book tells the story of fifty migrants to Birmingham from all walks of life: first and second generation; men and women; from thirteen different countries from Ireland to India, Pakistan to Poland, the Caribbean to Somalia. This book shows the variety of migrant experience, from their working lives, to education, religion and relationships, and in particular challenges the monolithic views of communitarian authors.

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Migrants are and will remain a permanent and growing feature of British and European cities. The book is rooted in Birmingham but places migrants’ experiences in the wider context of similar developments taking place in other large British and European cities. It combines the specific with the general and aims to fill a major gap in current popular literature.

The books author, Jon Bloomfield describes his book as an optimistic book for challenging times.

You can support this book in two ways:

1. Visit the book’s page here. Check out the short video and then make a pledge if you can.

2. Share the book link on your social media accounts –Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn etc.- and through your own personal networks.

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