We learn from one another. Each piece below brings a different and valuable perspective on communicating about migration and migrant integration. Contact us to contribute at NETCOM@oecd.org.
The close-up, a human element of migration reporting
By Barbara Kužnik
It was in the mid-nineties, when I joined a workshop as Service Civil International Fellow at alternative local radio LORA in Zurich, to get hands-on training on how to produce a radio feature. The topic was refugees from ex-Yugoslavia. I was only nineteen at the time, with no real journalistic background and no reporting skills. As Slovenian, I was closer to the focus group because of the language, and therefore I became a bridge between the Bosnian refugees and the rest of the world. What was supposed to be a learning exercise became one of the most challenging experiences I’ve ever faced. But also the most powerful one, as it gave me a close-up of something I only assumed I understood – forced migration. In the years since, I have returned to the topics of migration and integration over and over again in my work as a journalist.
In the spring and summer of 2015, as thousands of people crossed into and across Europe, every newspaper in Britain devoted front page after front page to the so-called European migration crisis or refugee crisis.
For weeks, there were stories of people who were boarding leaky boats, walking and hitchhiking, being tear-gassed and trafficked, in a desperate attempt to reach western Europe. Then in March 2016, the EU-Turkey deal came into effect, boat arrivals slowed and the coverage all but stopped.
Immigration Matters in Canada: A social marketing case study
By David Hickey
How did it begin?
In November 2017, the Government of Canada announced a plan to increase gradually the number of immigrants to be welcomed over the next three years. As a result, immigration will trend toward 1% of Canada’s population in 2020.
At the time, our public environment tracking was picking up some shifts in how Canadians view immigration. While Canadians tend to see the value of immigration nationally, they are less likely to understand how it benefits them personally, in their communities.
What happens for migrants as they settle into their new country?
OECD Podcast with Thomas Liebig
Migration integration is a vital issue - and a long-term investment that pays off, says Thomas Liebig of the OECD. If governments succeed in effectively integrating migrants, then everyone wins. The social and economic costs of migration drop and the benefits of migration grow, for migrants, communities and countries alike.
Interview with Tim Dixon, Co-founder of More in Common
Research shows that best way to overcome anxieties about those different than us is to get to know them, says Tim Dixon, co-founder of More in Common.
Yet today, we are actually more likely to mix only with people like ourselves and less likely to encounter difference. This is happening not just on social media, but also in our communities. What can we do to promote positive engagement in our societies?
More in Common is a new international initiative, set up in 2017 to build communities and societies that are stronger, more united and more resilient to the threats of polarisation and social division.