Dialogues Migrations

Helping to improve representations of migration in the public arena

Reporting on migratory phenomena worldwide without reproducing certain stereotypes remains a challenge for the media. In this context, journalists must be encouraged to report on migration responsibly and ethically.


April 2021- April 2023

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Migrating people are rarely portrayed in a positive light during public debate on migration. And yet, it can promote the fight against discrimination towards these people and help to reinforce social cohesion. Launched in April 2021, Dialogues Migration contributes to developing inclusive, public debate to help improve the representations of migration depicted in the public arena.

A participatory survey and platform on migration

In 2021, a participatory survey was launched across 16 countries worldwide, to gain insights into media and social media representations of migration, analyse the data and draw up a report on initiatives deployed in this field. The survey organisers, Red Mangrove Development Advisors and Dara Dahlia, called on some 20 local and international expert pollsters to conduct over 200 interviews and run 20 focus groups involving civil society, the media and migrating people.

Parallel to this, project partners the AfricTivists, developed the Dialogue Migration platform which is set to become a benchmark website on covering migration, for both the media and the general public in French- and English-speaking Africa. The survey and the platform will go public in 2022.

Extracts from the conclusion of the participatory survey conducted by Red Mangrove Development Advisors:

“First and foremost, simply repeating that most migration in Africa occurs within the continent helps to tear clichés right down. According to our observations, intra-African migration is most often largely ignored in the media, from Ivory Coast to Senegal, even though millions of workers and families are involved.”

“One practically universal observation applies to all countries surveyed: there is a glaring lack of specialist journalists on migration. Many consultants reported a deficit in even the most basic knowledge: a grasp of terminology, local, regional and transnational contexts, the need to open up the field of international migration, looking beyond media hypertrophy on isolated events.”

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