Migrants have great potential but are held back by lack of information

Migrant communities in the UK have great potential but are held back by a lack of information, Larisa Arama, Manager of My Own Media has told the Financial Times.

“These are proud people – I hear them telling me all the time they don’t want to be on benefits, or that they are saving for mortgages,” Mr Arama said. “But they are not confident because they don’t know the rules.”

My Own Media publishes several newspapers for migrant communities including the Bulgarian newspaper Rodina News, the Romanian Ziarul Romanesc, and the award winning The AfroNews. My Own Media is also the publisher of The company’s main aim is to facilitate integration of migrants in the UK by helping them understand the host society and their rights and duties.

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that there was a statistically significant increase in immigration for work (up 45,000 to 247,000).

Estimated employment of EU nationals (excluding British) resident in the UK was 16% higher in July to September 2014 compared to the same quarter in 2013.

National Insurance Number (NINo) registrations to adult overseas nationals increased by 12% to 668,000 in the year ending September 2014 from the previous year. Romanian citizens had the highest number of registrations (104,000), followed by Polish citizens (98,000).

Iris Radulian, Project Manager of My Romania Group told the Financial Times that the number of Romanians arriving in the UK grows every day.

My Romania Group provides support and advice to Romanians arriving in the UK.  “People arrive with qualifications, but they don’t know what a national insurance number is, or how to get one.

“Like any community, there are a range of people from Romania, but they don’t understand British processes yet and aren’t confident with the language, so from the outside they look all the same,” Mr Radulian said.

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