The Voice4Migrants project aims to foster dialogue of migrant integration and the reception of refugees across European countries, and to enable European citizens to develop counter-narratives to hate speech. Furthermore, the project will provide migrants with the opportunity to share their personal testimonies and experiences of integration polices with the public. UNITED for Intercultural Action is involved in the project together with seven partner organisations from the network.

As the first international expert conference of the project, in September 2018, delegates from eight organisations took part in the Voice4Migrants Strategic Networking Conference in Lithuania where experts exchanged knowledge and practices in changing public perception on migration and the role of media in forming public perception.

The network conference was prepared by:

  • UNITED for Intercultural Action Network, Netherlands
  • National Institute for Social Integration, Lithuania
  • United Societies of Balkans, Greece
  • Szubjektív Értékek Alapítvány, Hungary
  • European Youth Press -Network of Young Media Makers EV, Germany
  • Associazione Trepuntozero, Italy
  • Agenzia di promozione integrate per I cittadini in Europa- APICE, Italy
  • S.O.S. Racismo, Spain

At the Networking Conference, UNITED delegates worked with other ‘changemakers’ from all over Europe. Apart from exchanging knowledge and practices, the partnership planned the upcoming meetings of the Voice4Migrants project. In the course of 2019, two large-scale meetings will be organised in Lithuania and Hungary, including a special methodology of Migrant Library; a training course will be organised for journalists in spring 2019; and a travelling exhibition and a series of journalistic experiments will be implemented by journalists all over Europe to challenge citizens about their perception towards migrants.

Implementation of the activities planned at this Networking Conference will happen in the course of 2019, stay tuned to receive more information in the following months!

Until then, you can have a look at the after-video of the planning workshop in September 2018 here:

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