The Migration Awareness Programme focuses on the issue of migration, how they are perceived by the Czech public, and the life of migrants in the country. The main aim of the programme is to provide objective information about migration to the public through a range of different media channels. We realize that the Czech public lacks awareness of the successful integration of migrants in the country and abroad, and of the ways to achieve this goal. Therefore, we do what we can to share new findings arising from our own analytical work.
In our many and varied activities, we attempt to highlight this topic and motivate the media to devote greater attention to it, and thus contribute towards the improved co-existence of immigrants and the majority of society.
The Migration Awareness Programme works with journalists to widen the scope and improve the quality of reporting on migration and migrants in the Czech Republic. The programme also aims to raise the awareness of the public and local administration regarding the problems that migrants come up against in their everyday life which make their integration into Czech society more difficult. We conduct our own analytic studies and support public debate on the topic of migration policy and the ongoing refugee crisis. We also work with migrants themselves in an effort to facilitate communication between them and the media and by extension with the general public. The aim is to present the actual lives and experiences of migrants to the rest of Czech society in order to paint a more balanced image of migrants in the media and ultimately allow them to engage in public debate and social activities without discrimination.
Key areas of activity:
- We work in close cooperation with journalists, arranging contacts with experts on migration and migrants themselves.
- We conduct analytical studies in the field of migration and integration. We are a member of a team of 15 organisations working on a research project called the National Integration Evaluation Mechanism (NIEM), which aims to compare integration policies of different EU member states for applicants and holders of international protection, and to monitor the application of such policies in practice. The results of the research are published on www.forintegration.eu. The result of our own work is published as “Expressions of hate in the cyberspace and on social networks” which describes the socio-demographic profile of originators and disseminators of hate propaganda and the mechanisms of disseminating such propaganda between June and September 2015.
- We hold public events, seminars for journalists and students.
- We operate the Migrant Forum blog.
- We are a member of Konsortium, an association of non-governmental organisations working with migrants in the Czech Republic.
- We are a member of PICUM (Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants).
- We previously broadcasted a regular radio programme in collaboration with ČRo Radio Wave called Crossings.
- The Migration Awareness Programme is component to the People in Need educational programme Varianty.