Journalists trained on migration issues

Istanbul: Good migration reporting requires migration knowledge. To help ensure such migration coverage in Iraq and Pakistan, ICMPD organised a “Media & Migration workshop” from 13-16 December 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. After a competitive selection process with over 120 applications in total, fifteen journalists from Pakistan and ten journalists from Iraq had been selected to attend the three-day workshop.


The workshop facilitated cultural exchange and networking among the journalists who presented case studies from their earlier migration reporting. International trainers Tamme de Leur, Aida Kaisy and ICMPD’s Head of research Veronika Bilger provided in-depth presentations on a broad variety of migration topics – from terminology, definitions and concepts to legal migration, labour migration, irregular migration and migrant smuggling to name just a few. Particular challenges such as data and data sources, investigative journalism on migration topics were also discussed. Aida Kaisy from the Ethical Journalism Network EJN presented the preliminary results of two country analyses on how media in Pakistan, respectively Iraq, have recently reported about migration; these were discussed in a lively debate. ICMPD will publish the final studies in February 2020.

To learn about migration challenges in the two respective countries, representatives of the “Migrant Resource Centres” also presented their work with a focus on informing and empowering potential migrants to take an informed decision about migration, and sensitize them on the dangers of irregular migration. The MRCs can also be a source of accurate information on migration for journalists, mainly to help ensure good migration reporting.

The participants used the workshop to start developing migration stories and story ideas to be published by their respective media houses. A few stories have already been published in the meantime.