The event was held on the occasion of the International Day of Migration and was broadcast live online from the Instituto Nacional de Estatística (National Statistics Institute’s main hall).
“Comunicar Imigração: Desafios e Estratégias” (Communicating Immigration: Challenges and Strategies) was the guiding theme of the session promoted by the Observatório das Migrações (Migration Observatory), in the scope of another edition of Diálogos OM (OM Dialogues), held in webinar format, on December 17th.
In the event, promoted on the occasion of the International Day of Migration, the “Relatório Estatístico Anual 2021 – Indicadores de Integração de Imigrantes” (“Annual Statistical Report 2021 – Immigrant Integration Indicators), authored by Catarina Reis Oliveira, OM’s Director and Coordinator of the Immigration in Numbers Collection. The initiative was attended by Cláudia Pereira, Secretary of State for Integration and Migrations, Francisco Gonçalves de Lima, President of the Instituto Nacional de Estatística (National Statistics Institute) and Sónia Pereira, High Commissioner for Migrations.
“Desconstruir mitos com factos estatísticos: a atuação do Observatório das Migrações” (Deconstructing myths with statistical facts: the work of the Migration Observatory), was the theme of the first panel of the Webinar in which the main results of the Immigrant Integration Indicators 2021 were presented from the most recent Infographic OM Immigration Figures in Portugal. This panel was followed by two panels with several guests from various parts of the country: one panel dedicated to the theme “Comunicar a Imigração: exemplos de projetos e estratégias” (Communicating Immigration: examples of projects and strategies), with the presentation of several projects focused on combating myths, rumors, and stereotypes about immigrants; and another focused on the theme “Informar os imigrantes: medidas e estratégias” (Informing Immigrants: measures and strategies), onde foi lançado o Guia de Acolhimento a Migrantes no âmbito do Plano Nacional de Implementação do Pacto Global das Migrações (Guide to Welcoming Migrants was launched as part of the National Implementation Plan of the Global Compact for Migration).
AIDGLOBAL participated in the panel on “Comunicar a Imigração: exemplos de projetos e estratégias” (Communicating Immigration: examples of projects and strategies) no âmbito do qual apresentou o projeto NEAR – NEwly ARrived in a common home in which it presented the NEAR project – NEwly ARrived in a common home and what has been its communication strategy, namely through the rubric (Des)construir o Lugar do Outro ((Un)constructing the Place of the Other).
This rubric was created in August 2021 and sought to complement the communication made within the project, contributing to the deconstruction of stereotypes, prejudices or any expressions of racism. Informing to deconstruct misperceptions of reality and sharing ideas capable of inspiring society to build places to live together, instead of barriers to divide, are two of the foundations that support the content created under this rubric.
During the presentation, there was also time to share the general objectives of the NEAR project’s communication strategy, which focuses on transforming the narrative of migration from a local perspective and involving different actors among members of the host societies and “cidadãos recém-chegados” “newly arrived citizens”, whose testimony will be shared in a communication campaign that has already begun to be designed and will be realized in 2022.
Highlighting how successful examples of inclusion and active participation in the community can be developed; involving volunteers, associations, local communities, university students, and diaspora associations; and recounting the experiences of all the people involved in the project in order to let newly arrived migrants know how they can be welcomed and included in the community are some of the main assumptions on which the campaign is built.
We ended with an excerpt from a text by sociologist Boaventura de Sousa Santos, published in 2018 by Jornal de Letras and entitled “As Fronteiras entre muros e travessias” (Borders between walls and crossings), which we transcribe:
“The frontier is today, however, a place of permanence, a permanence that is always transitory but can last for generations. It is there that the border reveals itself as a social field where border sociability most reveals itself as the border of sociability. Border zones are the refugee camps that are growing all over the world and that in Europe are particularly shameful (because they are more contrasting with the life of those who live outside the camps). People live there without a future other than the hope of getting out. This suspension of a dignified life is especially hard when leaving or going away does not mean arriving, but rather passing by and continuing to pass by”.
The event “Diálogos OM” (OM Dialogues) was attended, remotely, by 228 people, mainly from public services and other institutions involved in the integration of immigrants in Portugal, including the sources of statistical and administrative data that contributed to the report, City Councils, IPSS, international and civil society organizations, as well as researchers from academia, higher education students, journalists, among others.
To watch the session in full, click here.
“NEAR – NEwly ARrived in a common home” is a European project funded by the European Commission, under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) with the ISMU Foundation as a promoter and as partner entities Tamat, CARDET, and AIDGLOBAL and the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. In Portugal, this project is being developed in the city of Lisbon, namely in the Bairro das Galinheiras, located in the parish of Santa Clara.
AIDGLOBAL ― Acção e Integração para o Desenvolvimento Global (AIDGLOBAL ― Action and Integration for Global Development) is a non-profit Non-Governmental Organization for Development (NGDO), which develops and promotes projects within the scope of Education for Development and Global Citizenship in Portugal and programs within the scope of Literacy in Mozambique. Its Mission aims to Act, Include and Develop through Education, because it believes that Change happens through Education.