Yardley MP Jess Phillips helped open an educational art installation at Birmingham Library which aims to promote the positive impact migrants have had in the city.
The exhibition is the work of one of Jess' constituents, and humanitarian artist, Salma Zulfiqar who created the installation ‘Building Peace Though the Oceans’. Working closely with the local group Arts in the Yard, debates will also be organised in Birmingham to promote integration of migrants as part of this art project.
Salma has witnessed the impact migration is having in different continents around the world though her humanitarian work with the United Nations and is using her artwork to highlight the importance of migrants in our communities. She says the objective is to promote integration of migrants in communities, prevent hate crimes and prevent extremism.
Jess Phillips MP said:
"I think the issue around the integration of migrants, which Salma is highlighting in her project, is important and very powerful."
"I hope it opens some people’s eyes about how tough it is moving from a completely different country, and that we all need to come together as a community and realise at the end of the day, as my late friend Jo [Cox] would say, that we have more in common than that which divides us,”
NB - Salma's work will be exhibited at the Library of Birmingham between 28th July and 30th September 2017, and is supported by Birmingham City Council.