standard Living on the Edge: Short films plus discussion on migration and welfare reform in the UK


A series of short films about the effects of recent welfare and migration reform on the lives of asylum seekers and benefit claimants in the UK. Produced by some of the very people affected by the reforms, these films present the lived experiences of people struggling to survive in the face of government policies that marginalise asylum seekers, the unemployed and the poor.

Following the screening there will be a discussion on migration, welfare and social justice with the filmmakers and researchers from the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, Durham University and the Centre for Civil Society and Citizenship, Northumbria University.


Coming to Second Home

Looks at experiences across two generations of migration from Africa to Newcastle.

The London of My Dream

The story of a Spanish couple who moved to London to escape from the economic crisis.

All in this together: Are benefits ever a lifestyle choice?

Explores people’s lived experiences of welfare reform in the UK.

The event will take place at the Star & Shadow Cinema in Newcastle.

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