The Department of Social, Political and Cognitive Sciences of the University of Siena, Italy will host the New Neighbours Community Outreach Workshop from September 18 to 20, in conjunction with the ECREA Radio Research Conference 2019 – Radio as a Social Media: community, participation, public values in the platform society.
Hosted and produced by CMFE – Community Media Forum Europe, the New Neighbours workshop will bring together fifteen editors and journalists from intercultural radio/TV programmes in community media to brainstorm and develop local, creative ideas to acquire new collaborators and extend audience engagement.
The workshop will be led by experienced communication consultant and film-maker Ngalula Beatrice Kabutakapua, who co-foundend Balobeshayi, a social cooperative facilitating the integration of migrants in urban spaces.
New Neighbours presents a series of fact sheets that local researchers have created for the project in cooperation with COMMIT. These reports provide fact-based insights into the area of media and migration in different European countries. The compiled information is available for Portugal, Italy, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Croatia and Spain. The fact sheets serve as a basis for project communication and address issues relevant to the focus group discussions that will be held in 2020 after the broadcast of the New Neighbours’ new TV documentaries in each country.
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A recent Institut Jacques Delors’ Paper on EU asylum policy calls for a new narrative around migration, based on the principle of protecting human rights.
According to Eurobarometer, the majority of Europeans feel their governments should help refugees. Every EU country subscribes to the Geneva Convention and to the Union acquis, which are basic to EU membership and should thus constitute the focal point of a strong counter-argument against the exclusionary language of right-wing populists.
A credible migration narrative should also endorse the simple truth that migration reflects human reality and will likely increase over time. Instead of focussing on reducing it to a minimum, questions as to how to shape human mobility in a way that reaps its benefits and diminishes its negative side effects should underpin the EU’s communications strategy.
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