The Migrations | Mediations project tackles the different uses of media, theatre and performance, art and culture in the management of migratory phenomena and the promotion of intercultural dialogue. Specific attention is given to the practices implemented in Milan and Lombardy. Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore funds the project as a “University Interest Project” for the years 2016-2019. It mainly involves scholars and researchers from the Department of Communication and Performing Arts but also collects the contributions of scholars from other departments.
The project has a twofold nature. On the one hand, it is a research project, and therefore intends to map forms of representation produced by old and new media; policies expressed and enacted by institutions; concrete initiatives and practices coming from associations, cooperatives, cultural groups, etc., in relation to the use of media, theatre and art in intercultural dialogue. As a research project, Mediations | Migrations organises workshops and conferences collecting scholars from various disciplinary fields; constructs and implements research tools such as archives and databases; produces some volumes, special issues of journals, individual contributions by researchers. On the other hand, Mediations | Migrations is a project of intervention, aimed to promote cross-collaboration between institutions, producers and artists; to disseminate good practices and to encourage their replicability; to support and implement a professional awareness of the operators in the field. As such, Migrations | Mediations promotes meetings between producers, operators and policymakers; makes its databases available to them; it is linked to similar initiatives at national and European level; produces a “White Paper of the operators of intercultural dialogue”.
The #SilenceHate project kicked-off more than a year and a half ago, in April 2018, with a five-day ‘Media Camp’ in London.
Thirteen young journalists were trained in the intricacies of how hate speech is used to target migrants, and what journalists can do to counter it. They went back to their home countries (Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Poland and United Kingdom) with the objective to report and produced the stories that they pitched.
Here are the journalists’ productions offering different formats such as photography, podcasts, videos, features, long form, and having a creative and innovative perspective of the migration topic.
Silence Hate is a EU-funded project aiming to combat and prevent online hate speech against migrants and refugees by developing new and creative counter-narratives, led by COSPE, in partnership with the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Media Diversity Institute (MDI), Amnesty International Italy, Amnesty International Poland, KARPOS, Zaffiria, and Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC).
The transnational network Welcome to Europe celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The independent, donation-funded initiative was launched in late summer 2009 by noborder activists on the Greek island of Lesbos. The idea was born in order to support refugees and migrants on their difficult journey to and through Europe with useful information and counselling in transit.
As a result, the volunteers began to create multilingual flyers that should provide guidance and overview, e.g. on the Dublin system, asylum procedures, detention and deportation, medical care, access to the labour market, family reunification or legal aid centers in different cities.
The collected materials became the basis for the four-language website w2eu.info , which was set up in 2010 and meanwhile contains a wealth of information in English, French, Arabic and Farsi. Now the webguide has contact points, practical tips and reports for most European countries and North Africa. Many country sections are fed with various thematical chapters about the factual rights and situations in each place.
In addition to the information work, volunteers of Welcome to Europe also participate in numerous other projects and networks dedicated to the protection of refugees and migrants and the right to freedom of movement.
The brochure 10 Years Network Welcome to Europe (PDF in English) offers an informative review on the past decade, highlighting some of the initiative’s milestones and struggles.
The Ethical Journalism Network has worked with the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) to develop an online resource for journalists reporting on migration.
The online e-Media toolkit, designed by journalists for journalists, is now available . It provides first-hand assistance to media professionals with learning resources, training courses and opportunities to share and interact.
Drawing on input from leading media outlets like Agence France-Presse, Le Monde, The Guardian, Radio France International,France TV, the BBC, and the Financial Times, the toolkit offers wide-ranging guidance on covering migration from different types of media.
The toolkit can be accessed here.
Migration Matters is a non-profit organization that was founded in January 2016 by Julia
Karmo, Sophia Burton, Kelly Miller, and Elina Ribakova in response to media
coverage about the so-called refugee crisis.
The mission is to empower the public to have
more nuanced and evidence-based conversations about migration. They
video courses that
complicate commonly held preconceptions with original ideas, research, and
solutions-oriented perspectives from leading thinkers in the field:
researchers, practitioners, as well as migrants and refugees themselves.”
“ Help us change the debate around migration by
informing your family and friends about Migration Matters, sharing our videos,
and contributing your questions and ideas for future course topics to
email@example.com. Let’s #rethinkmigration together.”