The Spider-Man of the 18th
This week, we witnessed Mamoudou Gassama, a migrant from Mali, hit the headlines – with an extraordinary video of him scaling four stories up the side of a building in Paris to rescue a four-year-old child dangling from a balcony. This remarkable feat of resourcefulness and courage earned Gassama a meeting with President Emmanuel Macron, who awarded him with French citizenship. Gassama has now been dubbed ‘the Spider-Man of the 18th’, after the district the events took place in.
This remarkable story of heroism has also put the immigration debate back in the news. Gassama’s actions highlight the immense assets that migrants can be. But, more importantly, we must remember that the benefits of migration are not limited to superhuman feats alone, but are reflected in the contributions they make across the board to the economy, services and communities.
For these benefits to society as a whole to be activated, an effective integration strategy is key. The 5th of June 2018 is the deadline for consultation on the Government’s Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper.
The green paper and questions for response are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/integrated-communities-strategy-green-paper.
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