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Call for Proposals: Media Representation and Inclusion for Refugees and Migrants

Organisation: European Commission

Status: Closed

  • Grant

Funding Size: Up to €490,500

Deadline: 15/03/2023

  • Eligibility Criteria:
    In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:
    – Be legal entities (public or private bodies)
    – Be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.: EU Member States
  • Type of funding: Programmatic
  • Target countries: Europe
  • Application language: English

The European Commission (EC) is pleased to announce the Media Representation and Inclusion for Refugees and Migrants call for proposals to promote inclusive social media in Europe.

Media (re)presentation and visibility of vulnerable groups like migrants and refugees remain marginal in mainstream social media across Europe and with special consideration to the Ukraine situation.

The project aims to help these groups create their own narratives about the place and role of refugees and migrants in European societies and communities. This call gives a particular emphasis to social media representation in various social networks as well as in other relevant channels (e.g. infotainment, gaming etc.)

It is a direct follow-up of an ongoing project from a previous call, namely, Re:framing Migrants in the European Media.

The pilot project will work on two objectives:

  • Leverage on the results of the ongoing project ‘Re:framing Migrants in the European Media’ on a) planning strategies to address the power asymmetries that characterise the social media information space and b) designing strategies and actions to amplify those voices that are now excluded from the debate.
  • Identify and test solutions – showcasing and implementing practical examples – on how migrants can actively participate in shaping their image – and the narratives about them in social media, infotainment, online performance and gaming channels including immersive media interfaces, including through collaboration with artists.

The following activities should be part of the expected actions of the project:

  • Construct relevant and positive online narratives on migration, in collaboration with artists (potentially with a migrant background), influencers, infotainment specialists, game developers, journalists, digital media entrepreneurs and migrants themselves.
  • Develop new or modify collaborative practices, peer learning and professional training for migrants, based on recent digital technologies such as AR, VR, and AI to improve their coverage in social media and other relevant channels such as infotainment, online performance and gaming.
  • Create or extend an existing multidisciplinary community to support migrants’ own communication capacity and increase an existing or initiate a sustainable social media ecosystem around the topic.
  • Maintain or integrate and enrich the existing web platform from the project ‘Re:framing Migrants in the European Media’.

See here to learn more and apply.

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