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With nearly a third of Birmingham’s residents being of minority ethnic origin and nearly 40% of our population being under 25 years of age, our city is the youngest city in Europe and, by any measure, also one of the most diverse. These strengths, of course, owe much to immigration. From the food we eat to the music we hear, from our personal experiences to Brummie quirks and customs, immigration is woven into every facet of our city. Even the most Anglo-Saxon are rarely as native as might seem. It was recently reported, for example, that the first modern Briton had ‘dark to black’ skin. Immigration, though, can lack champions, even in Birmingham, a most immigrant of cities.

Jon Bloomfield hJon Bloomfieldas a mission to change this. He’s written a book called Our City: Migrants and the Making of Modern Birmingham. He visited 1000 Trades to speak about it at an RSA event.

He wants to have this book published but he needs backing for his crowdfunding campaign to succeed to make this publication happen – which you can support here.

Jon’s book chronicles and celebrates a key dimension of the city that we love, while looking forward to ways in which we can work together, as a proud city of migrants, to become even more loveable.

Getting his book published would be a good start. Coming along to our next public debate would be another.

This will be a discussion on Brexit and the UK’s future as an internationalist state led by Baroness Christine Crawley, a member of Labour’s front bench team in the House of Lords. Christine was one of the West Midlands first MEPs, and probably did more than anyone else to raise the profile of Europe and the European Union within Birmingham and the West Midlands.

You can find more details and register for this event here.