Roundtable 2

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RT 2.1 Shaping public narratives on migration and migrants

RoundTable 2 - Migration narratives and communication: What role, responsibility and resources do governments have?

RT 2.1 Shaping public narratives on migration and migrants

The aim of this roundtable is to critically assess government communication strategies to inform about their migration policies and explore government options to address the challenges arising in the context of new media, including the proliferation of misinformation and hate speech This roundtable will examine government communication strategies and tools to participate in public discourse and underpin narratives on migration with facts. Issues for discussion will include: how to effectively use normative commitments, data and evidence regarding migration in public communications; how to engage public opinion research to understand perceptions and diverse audiences and connect with their values and concerns; how to understand and engage with a variety of media and their role in shaping public perceptions and discourse; and how to track and tackle the spread of misinformation and hate speech, especially on social media, that contributes to societal polarization and puts migrants at risk. This discussion should crystallize lessons learned and contribute to the media literacy of participating governments.

  • Why do government’s engage in public communication about migration and migration policies? With what objectives?
  • Who guides governments’ public communication efforts on migration? Is it centralized or decentralized? How is messaging coordinated?
  • How do governments develop messaging on migration? Who is involved? What role do opinion research and polls, as well as other kinds of research and data, play in that process? How do they measure the impact of their communications effort?
  • What channels of communication and messengers do governments use to shape narratives on migration? How do they engage with traditional and new media? What kinds of capacities are needed to effectively track messages and communicate on social media?
  • What are critical migration-related data points that the public cares about? What resonance do normative arguments (e.g. based on human rights, religious beliefs) have with different audiences? What is the potential to promote narratives on positive contribution of migrants to host communities?
  • What lessons learned from successful and unsuccessful public communication efforts can be shared with other participating states? In what circumstances can evidence of the positive interconnections between migration and sustainable development be useful to influence the migration discourse?

We invite you to submit comments / suggestions below

Please note that the Chair reserves the right to consider and decide which comments are relevant. The GFMD prefers that all comments are correctly identified.

02 May 2019 0 by Mr. Neville Dubash
Thursday, 2 May 2019
RT 2.2 Communicating effectively with migrants

RoundTable 2 - Migration narratives and communication: What role, responsibility and resources do governments have?

RT 2.2 Communicating effectively with migrants

The objective of this roundtable is to bring out lessons learned and foster a better understanding of governments’ goals, tools, challenges and responsibilities when communicating directly with migrants throughout the migration cycle. This discussion will facilitate an exchange of experiences around governments’ goals, tools, challenges and responsibilities when it comes to communicating directly with migrants, including for instance in the context of pre-departure information campaigns, as part of consular outreach efforts, in the context of immigration and visa processes, in local integration processes, and to explain and incentivize returns. This dialogue will benefit from consultations with and the insights of international and non-governmental organizations, civil society, as well as local authorities who are often direct interlocutors for migrants and refugees, as well as migrant, refugee and diaspora organizations. It should allow policy-makers to reflect on the effectiveness and ethical implications of their communication practices.

  • What goals do different parts and levels of governments pursue in their communications with migrants? Can and should governments ensure overall coherence in their messaging and communications?
  • How can governments make their information accessible to migrants? How can they be responsive to migrants? Are certain communication practices/channels with migrants more useful than others? If so, why and for what purpose?
  • How can governments establish trust with migrants within their borders and with their own citizens abroad (through their consular offices)? What messengers have they used to communicate with migrants?
  • How can governments and other stakeholders tackle fraudulent information directed at migrants? What role can migrants and their networks play in vetting information (peer-review)?
  • How can governments and other stakeholders measure the effectiveness of their communication efforts, e.g. do pre-departure campaigns lead to more informed migration decisions? How can governments, including at local levels incorporate tailored information on basic services to promote social inclusion and participation by migrant communities?
  • How can immigration and visa processes be enhanced to better inform migrants about the availability of regular pathways for migration?
  • To what extent do successful communication practices incentivize voluntary return and sustainable reintegration?

We invite you to submit comments / suggestions below

Please note that the Chair reserves the right to consider and decide which comments are relevant. The GFMD prefers that all comments are correctly identified.

01 May 2019 0 by Mr. Neville Dubash
Wednesday, 1 May 2019
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