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Migrant Storytelling: Highlighting Voices from around the world
Background

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to sharpen its impacts on human mobility. On one hand, states are implementing restrictive border management policies to help curb the virus. On the other hand, the public harbors negative attitudes and actions against migrants as they are misinformed about migrants as spreaders of the virus. These all results to a two-fold discrimination and stigmatization against migrants that may lead them to undergo irregular and unsafe pathways of migration as means to adapt to the pandemic.

Among the measures to address the exclusion of migrants amid the pandemic is migrant storytelling through innovative reporting and platforms to help elevate their voices and narratives of their experiences during the pandemic. By doing so, this helps achieve one of the objectives of the United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration to eliminate all forms of discrimination and promote evidence-based public discourse to shape perceptions of migration.

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the University of the Philippines – CIFAL Philippines (UP-CIFAL) are convening a virtual discussion on creative initiatives by journalists and international organizations in sharing migrant experiences from around the world.

Objectives

This webinar aims to present innovative cases and alternative forms of migrant storytelling to inspire the public to contribute to a positive public discourse on migration and to provide answers to the following key questions:
● What are responsible ways of reporting to capture migrant experiences?
● How are migrant stories represented?
● What are the available platforms for migrants to share their stories and how can they access them?
● What were the challenges and opportunities in migrant storytelling at the onset of the pandemic?

Nov 3, 2021 02:00 AM in Zurich

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