DEMONSTRATORS will be demanding a better deal for migrants when they gather in Solihull town centre today (Friday).
People supporting the “Strangers into Citizens” campaign will be holding a protest outside the Midlands Enforcement Unit in Homer Road.
They are calling on the Government to make things easier for people who have been in the UK for more than four years.
Paul Bunyan, who has organised the event, said: “In these times of economic downturn, some people are starting to point the finger at migrants. What we’re trying to highlight is the contribution that they make to the UK.
“Now there’s this emphasis on watching the borders, but what we want the Government to do is help those people who are already here.”
“We want people who have been here more than four years to be granted a two year work permit. Speaking to people, it’s a real killer for the migrants who can’t get work.
“At the end of the two years, subject to their references, they would be granted leave to stay.”
A growing number of high-profile politicians and faith leaders have supported the drive - including Ladywood MP Clare Short.
The next big rally will be taking place outside St Chad’s Cathedral on April 4. Paul is already trying to get local people involved in the national demonstration - being held in Trafalgar Square on May 4. It is hoped that up to 1,000 people from Birmingham, Solihull and the surrounding area will join crowds from around the UK.
To find out more about getting involved call Paul on 07527 306016 or visit www.strangersintocitizens.org.uk.