Embedding lived experience in migration policy debates in Wales.

People People partnership working
ProjectsJune 1st, 2020

How can people with lived experience of migration become more involved in policy development, influencing and decision-making in Wales? 

What is the problem?

We think it is vitally important that migrants have a voice on all the issues that affect their integration into Wales’ People partnership working communities. This includes: language support and interpretation; a lack of knowledge about their rights, how to access them and how and when to challenge; their ability to access support services; discrimination and harassment; as well as access to housing, healthcare and education.

While the Welsh Government has committed some resources to addressing some of these issues, some groups of migrants are falling through a policy- gap and as a result their ‘voices’ are absent from policy development. Many migrants in Wales are dispersed and isolated, and are seldom heard with few groups representing them. Through this project we will be developing partnerships with migrant groups who currently lack an organised voice to help them to develop their capacity.

What will we be doing

The Bevan Foundation will explore new partnership model with BAME/migration organisations in Wales and the people with lived experience they support, to deliver a programme of activities to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence to participate in policy development and debate, and their participation in the policy process.


In this project we aim to establish a partnership with two BAME/migration organisations in Wales, and people with lived experience of migration to identify which approaches and methods foster lasting and mutual relationships between think tanks, grassroots NGOs and people with lived experience of migration.

The ideal outcomes are that people with lived experience of migration have:

  • A greater understanding about how decisions which affect them are made and how they can influence them.
  • The skills to speak out on their own behalf if they wish to do so.
  • Trust and confidence in work of the Bevan Foundation when speaking on migration and integration.

The partner organisations will:

  • Have a greater understanding of each other’s role, function and motivations.
  • Gain deeper insights into the issues of concern to people with lived experience of migration.
  • Learn from each other about working with people with lived experience of migration and influencing public policy.
  • Want to continue to work together to influence migration and integration policy in Wales.

Project details 

The project will begin in June 2020 and end in April 2021.

The project is kindly funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation

If you would like further information about this project, please contact Dr Claire Thomas who is leading on our work on migration and integration. Email [email protected]




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