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Welcome to Birmingham

There are over 1 million people living in Birmingham today. The population is very diverse, with many Asian, African-Caribbean, Middle-Eastern and European communities. Birmingham is also home to many faiths and has many places of worship around the city.

Birmingham has a long history of welcoming newcomers to its city. Communities from countries such as China, Jamaica, India and Pakistan have settled and grown in the city over many years. New communities from countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and Poland are also now making Birmingham their home.

For many years, Birmingham was known as an industrial city and was famous for its wool, leather, glass and its metalwork. Today, industries in Birmingham include car manufacturing, jewellery making, finance, retail and tourism. You can visit the popular Bull Ring Shopping Centre and the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham city centre.

The Welcome to Birmingham website is here to help you in Birmingham. There are many organisations and services available in Birmingham, such as health, education, employment, and leisure. This website is a guide to information and services that you may find useful if you are new to our city or if you are working with people who are newly arrived.

It covers a number of topics and rights and duties for different types of migration for refugees, asylum seekers, migrants from the European Union and from outside Europe, family settlements and international students.

This website is written in as plain English as possible. Welcome to Birmingham videos are also available in:

* Arabic (Fusha)
* Farsi
* Kurdish (Sorani)
* Polish
* Pushto
* Russian
* Somali

The Welcome to Birmingham website does not recommend organisations but gives information about them and links to other websites that may be useful. Links are provided to information translated into other languages where available and these are shown in orange to help you find them.

The information on this website has responded to feedback from new migrants living in Birmingham and has been made as accurate as possible. Please let us know if there are any mistakes or if you would like other information to be included.


Many thanks go to the partners that have made this project happen: Digital Birmingham, West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership, Birmingham City Council, Wardlow Rd Centre, Refugee Council, iCentrum and Projects in Motion. Special thanks go to Birmingham Health and Well-being Partnership for funding the development of the 'Welcome to Birmingham' website.

Digital Birmingham is a Birmingham City Council initiative and part of a city wide strategic partnership of more than 40 public, private and voluntary organisations

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