Podcast ‘Hidden Voices’

Migrant stories from Copenhagen

As part of creating learning content for schools and students, we have produced our own audio narratives in Danish and English. You can listen to the published stories HERE.

The content is based on interviews with homeless migrants living on the streets in Copenhagen. Paying special attention to individual people’s stories helps to humanise the Sustainable Development Goals and place them squarely in the context of societal inequalities here in Denmark.

In the media and in policy, migrants are often spoken of as a monolithic group, with their differences erased in the interest of drawing a simpler narrative. Often, this narrative represents migrants as either undesirable and threatening, or helpless and vulnerable, with no room for nuance or agency.

Raising awareness and changing the discourse around diversity and inclusion we hope to bridge the divide in our communities. With our ‘Frame, Voice, Report!’ CISU funding, we sought to address both the flaws in migrant representation and the intangibility of the Sustainable Development Goals. By working in partnership with Kompasset, the centre for homeless migrants run by the Danish NGO Kirkens Korshær, as well as with Copenhagen municipality, schools, university students and cultural institutions.

Project duration: January-December 2019
Funders: CISU, Kirkens Korshær, Sharing Copenhagen, Bispebjergs Bydelspulje


In this story we focus on SDG 10: Reducing inequality in and between countries. We meet Alberto from Romania who has come to Denmark to look for work. He talks about what it is like to experience inequality in Copenhagen.


This story relates to Sustainable Development Goals 10 and 11: reducing inequality in and between countries, and making cities, communities and settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. We meet Frank from Cameroon who has travelled and lived in many different countries. He speaks about the time when he first came to Denmark and the importance of having places and communities in the city that help and welcome people no matter who they are and where they come from.