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Croeso! How international migrants can be integrated into Wales’ communities

April 24th 2020 - Presented by: Victoria Winckler - host Claire Thomas Claire Thomas Rocio Cifuentes Rocio Cifuentes

Modern Wales is built on immigration from around the world. Yet today it can be difficult for some migrants to integrate into their community.

This webinar explores the experiences of migrants in Wales in settling in their communities, and the practical actions that the Welsh Government, local authorities, charities and others should take to increase integration.

This webinar was run in line with the publication of our new report: Shared ground: integrating migrants in Wales

Some of the key topics covered include:

  • changing approaches to immigration to Wales from outside the UK
  • how the Welsh Government has aimed to increase community cohesion
  • recent migrants’ experiences of settling in Wales
  • stakeholders’ views on integration at the grassroots
  • our recommendations to increase the integration of migrants into Wales.

We would like to thank the Paul Hamlyn Foundation who has funded this important work.


The Presenters:

Victoria Winckler - host

Dr Victoria Winckler has been the Director of the Bevan Foundation since 2002, establishing it as Wales’ most exciting and innovative think-tank. Victoria is also currently Wales adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Victoria is a leading contributor to public policy in Wales. In the 1990s she developed the proposals that secured EU Objective 1 status for West Wales and the Valleys, in the early 2000s she galvanised the Welsh Government’s actions to tackle poverty and most recently generated robust proposals for new Welsh taxes which are now being taken forward by the Welsh Government.

Victoria frequently gives expert evidence to Assembly Committees, comments in online articles and speaks at a wide range of events. She is currently a member of the Ministerial Tax Advisory Group, and a board member of Traveline Cymru.

Victoria previously held roles at the Welsh Local Government Association, Mid Glamorgan County Council and Cardiff University and has served in public appointments and as a board member of several organisations.

Victoria holds a BA (Hons) in geography, MSc in Town Planning and a PhD.

Claire Thomas

Claire Thomas

Claire joined the Bevan Foundation in June 2019 after working at Opinion Research Services for nearly ten years as a qualitative researcher. During her time there Claire worked on a variety of projects including managing the qualitative work on Gypsy and Traveller Housing Needs Assessments.

In 2006 Claire graduated with a PhD in Political Science at Swansea University. Her thesis examined the provision of and delivery of services for asylum seekers dispersed under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 in Swansea and Cardiff and the relationship between local authorities, the Welsh and UK Government and the private sector.

Claire is currently looking at migration and integration in Wales, exploring whether Wales would benefit from having an integration strategy.

Rocio Cifuentes

Rocio Cifuentes

Chief Executive Officer, Ethnic Minorities Youth Support Team, EYST Wales

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