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London has a significant migrant population compared to the rest of the UK. Many social issues in the capital are particularly likely to impact on people from migrant communities.
London is a global city. 38% of Londoners were born outside the UK, compared to 11% in the rest of England. Migration does contribute towards the city’s growth; however, the primary factor leading to the population increase is that birth rates are higher than death rates.
London’s Poverty Profile shows how poverty disproportionately impacts some migrant communities in London. As a consequence, many of the projects we fund benefit London’s migrant communities.
Some of these grants go towards organisations that work within a specific migrant community, while others are for projects that help migrants from all parts of the world.
For example, The Citizenship and Integration Initiative has been set up to ensure that Londoners of all backgrounds can contribute to the life of the city. Working with Unbound Philanthropy and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, as well as several other independent funders, the initiative is a ground-breaking partnership between civil society, the GLA and philanthropic funders. As part of his commitment, the Mayor of London has appointed a Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, and the GLA have made an equivalent investment into their Social Integration team. The fund aims to distribute £1 million over four years between 2017 and 2022.
We also fund research on migration in London. For example, a report by the Migration Observatory, The Burden of Proof, looks at how the application process will work for the EU Citizens after Brexit. It found that 34,000 applications from EU Citizens for permanent residence were rejected in the 15 months after the EU Referendum and that the application process is highly complex and strict. And a report by ECPAT UK (Every Child Protected Against Trafficking UK) uncovered that a quarter of trafficked children went missing from care in the year to September 2015.
You can find out more about our wider work regarding migrants below.
From our Twitter
“All too often the voices of those who are living on low incomes are unheard.” Our Grants Manager @AustinTL1 asks how funders can best engage with people with lived experience of poverty http://bit.ly/2SbqUcn19 Feb 2019
Thank you to all of our grantees who do brilliant work every day to make London a fairer city #charitytuesday19 Feb 2019
Millions of people face a twin injustice: sky-high prices for new homes, built on land owned by profiteering developers. We work to find sites for affordable #housing & put the power in the hands of local people http://ow.ly/kCie50lF7NF @LondonCLT @trustforlondon18 Feb 2019
We're seeking applications for secondments into the Greater London Authority Social Integration Team as part of our Citizenship & Integration Initiative. Deadline 13 March. Full details here http://bit.ly/2N4SxOi19 Feb 2019
Do you or does someone you work with find it difficult to cover the high cost of living in London? Would you be interested in talking to the BBC with our support? To highlight the problem and push for change? Then email email@example.com Feb 2019