in partnership with Ashoka
Hugo Meino Aguiar
SPEAK connects migrants and refugees to city locals to enable linguistic and cultural exchange
The social exclusion of migrants and refugees is a widespread problem across different societies. Lingual proficiency, refugees are readily excluded from many aspects of life, including employment, education, access to services and social interaction.
SPEAK connects migrants and refugees to city locals to enable cultural and linguistic exchange. The social enterprise promotes the organic emergence of inclusive communities where locals, migrants, and refugees meet to share their culture and develop meaningful bonds. The goal is to support migrants and refugees in the migration process, by providing the platform and support for individuals to facilitate informal language learning environments and host community events.
This places migrants and refugees as bridge builders and ambassadors for cultural dialogue in their communities, empowering newcomers to take action, as they are not only guests or receivers anymore.
Since its beginning, SPEAK has had great success with 94% of the participants being able to better understand the language they were learning. In addition, over 92% has felt less socially isolated during the lockdown and 84% are likely to keep in touch with their language group. SPEAK is active in over 30 cities across Europe.