Tara Jaffar posts info on event related to Arab migrant community's integration process in the UK.
I come from no country, from no city, no tribe. I am the son of the road… all tongues and all prayers belong to me. But I belong to none of them.
I suggested the above quote, from Lebanese writer Amin Maalouf, to add to an event I’ll be taking part of next weekend:
How Social Media is Changing the Arab Community Integration in London and the UK at 10:30am on Saturday 28th February 2015.
This is an inclusive community event, initiated and coordinated by Migreat, an organisation supporting immigrants internationally. There will be a panel discussion, with an interesting mix of peeps, to explore the topic at hand. I’m there as an on-the-ground creative practitioner with an interest in the process of integration. Meryna’s therapy-influenced understanding of integration will come into play, and how this relates to both personal and social resilience.
I’m excited to see how these notions will relate to social media, as I’m aware that Meryna’s work is based on in-person contact. At the same time, I’m aware of how heavily we rely on digital communication and networking. These are sometimes pitched against one another, though each also has the capacity to support and expand the other.
After the general discussion, I’ll be facilitating a creative workshop to explore Meryna’s creative approach to wellbeing and community dialogue. The usual Meryna themes will be explored- sense of identity and belonging- with particular attention to notions of ‘home’ and how this may/ may not relate to the integration of migrant communities and immigrants in the UK.
The workshop will be practical, gentle and I hope, fun!
If interested, please reserve your place here, as places are limited.
Event essentials: 10:30-17:00 , 28th February 2015, 19 East Tenter Street, London E1 8DN.
More on what else is simmering for Meryna later…