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.
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?
The virtual session will be hosted via the Zoom platform and is open to all. To participate in the event, you must register here. The webinar will debut with welcome remarks, followed by a short exercise to interact with the audience before a panel discussion is conducted. A time will be dedicated for moderated Q&A session
The event is open to the public, especially those interested in the topic, with a particular focus on practitioners, policymakers, civil society, academia, and media covering migration.