Understanding Refugees from Afghanistan, Iraq and SyriaKursnummer: 251670
What do refugees discuss on Social Media regarding their integration into European societies? How do smugglers advertise their services? A specialised multilingual team from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has been monitoring Social Media in Arabic, Dari and Pashto for more than six months, focusing on Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Dr. Melita Šunjić, project director and her multilingual team will share their unique findings during a special information session.
The increased number of refugees and asylum seekers who reside in Austria create the need for an in-depth background knowledge regarding their worldviews, worries, dreams, and plans in Europe.
Most refugees from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria use Social Media to share experiences and views. They discuss policies, enumerate integration problems, describe expectations and disillusions, debate religious issues and comment on everyday life. At the same time, smugglers use Social Media to advertise their services.
In order to prepare a comprehensive communication strategy for Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, a special United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) unit, Communicating with Communities, headed by the senior communication expert Melita Šunjić, has been monitoring social media during the past six months. Their findings offer a unique insight into what asylum seekers and refugees think and debate.
Dr. Šunjić and her multilingual team will share their unique findings with Austria- based journalists who cover migration, asylum, refugees and integration. Since many journalists lack linguistic skills to communicate with the refugees in their mother tongues, this information session offers a unique opportunity to learn what refugees think and discuss among themselves.
The role of media in monitoring and evaluating different integration policies and practices is essential: media can create stereotypes or promote acceptance and tolerance. In both cases, it has a lasting influence on creating the public opinion.
The objective of the information session is to expand knowledge and improve analytical skills of the journalists who cover, analyse, comment, and monitor different aspects of immigration and integration in Austria.
9:00 Introduction and welcome greetings
9:15 Dr. Melita Šunjić, Head of Unit, Communicating with Communities
Overview of the program findings: refugees and smugglers from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. What do refugees think of the political debate in Europe?
09:45 Manal Hayatleh and Abir Genoun, project associates for Arabic speaking communities
Iraq and Syria: Background information and refugees’ discussions on Social Media in Arabic: organisation of smugglers, the role of smugglers, religious doubts, expectations, disillusions, recommendations on diverse topics, and online debates on how to integrate in Europe.
11:00 Abdul Wahab Amarkhil, project associate for Afghan communities.
Background information and refugees’ discussions on Social Media in Pashto and Dari: organisation of smugglers, the role of smugglers, religious doubts, expectations, disillusions, recommendations on diverse topics, and online debates on how to integrate in Europe.
Austria-based journalists, analysts and commentators, junior and senior, who address issues related to asylum seekers and refugees. Journalists from different media sections – social issues, internal politics, and foreign affairs – are welcome.
Working language: English. No translation available.
Maximum number of participants: 15.
Thanks to cooperation with the UNHCR, this information session is free of charge. The number of participants is limited to 15. Due to high interest in this unique information session, early registration is encouraged. Freelance journalists are required to send their CVs and motivation letters.
The application deadline is 5 December 2016. However, should the maximum amount of qualified participants be reached before the deadline, the application procedure may be closed.
Only journalists based in Austria are eligible to apply.
For more information, please contact:
Mirjana Tomić*, conference manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, Mobile: 0676 3652 693
Daniela Kraus, fjum director, email@example.com
*Mirjana Tomić conceived this information session for fjum_forum journalismus und medien. She will be moderating.