By reaching prospective migrant women in Bangladesh (a significant source of immigration to the UK), the chances of successful integration on their arrival to the UK is greatly increased.
"Welcome to the UK” is an innovative three-year project which supports the integration of non-EU migrant women in the UK. The project has two stages. The first consists of preparing for life in the UK through a sustainable learning programme piloted in Bangladesh by UK volunteers and Bangladeshi teachers. The second stage involves the welcoming of newly arrived non-EU migrant women to the UK, through a learning and support programme.
The support and training offered to these non-EU migrant goes beyond simple English language skills. It effectively helps the women to deal with everyday challenges, such as travelling on public transport and accessing public services.
Non-EU migrant women are able to improve their knowledge of British culture and language, as well as develop cross-cultural friendships. Since July 2010, the project has enrolled 96 non-EU migrant women in the UK. This includes 37 women who have achieved English language accreditations in the first year. From the start of the project, 6 volunteers in the UK and 26 teachers in Bangladesh have been recruited in an effort to increase the capacity of pre-departure English teaching. This has resulted in 96 Bangladeshi women attending English classes in preparation for their departure to the UK.
The Bangladeshi teachers in turn benefit from training, capacity building support, and the opportunity to be directly involved in the delivery of the project workshops. During the first two years of this project, 120 teachers benefitted from training and capacity building support in the UK.