Bristol City Council has developed a new resource for economic migrants moving to Bristol. Based on UWE research with migrants coming from 15 EU countries, a welcome pack has been produced to help individuals find work and settle in the UK. Their top tips plus other important information has been incorporated into the pack which is available in 10 languages here on Bristol City Council’s Ways2Work website.
The welcome pack links economic migrants into the Ways2Work website and is an excellent resource for use by community groups, advice centres and other stakeholders working with economic migrants. It will be of use with individuals who are looking to work and settle in Bristol and who wish to enjoy all that Bristol has to offer whilst integrating into the community.
The pack is translated into French, Punjabi, Bengali, Urdu, Kurdish, Mandarin, Polish, Somali, Filipino and Arabic.
Testing the pack
The welcome pack was developed with the help of members of the Bristol ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Network. These are people involved in the delivery of English classes and who work closely with economic migrants and refugees. Their insight was pivotal to ensure that the pack was easy to read and contains the information that migrants need.
A member of the Bristol ESOL Network tested the welcome pack with clients. A woman from Poland in the process of learning English made the following comments.
All of the information is extremely useful – nothing should be taken out. Of particular interest was the housing information (she clicked through The City Council pages about housing and found useful information regarding housing and benefits) and the free, family activities that are available (she has a child) as well as general cultural and leisure information (She felt the language was clear and accessible, she understood most of it and commented that the text contains ‘simple words’).
If you have any questions about the pack please contact – firstname.lastname@example.org