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Students illustrate the role of migrants

15 October 2013

A scene from the winning film clip "My family's migrations", by Nadja Haugas and Martin Siilak, Estonia.

Commissioner Cecilia Malmström has unveiled the winners of the EU-wide multimedia competition 'Migrants in Europe' in which students from art, graphic and communication schools all over the EU were invited to reflect on the contribution migrants make to European societies.

The competition challenged students to produce artwork that expressed their views on the issue, capturing the role migrants play in Europe. The schools were asked to present one or several pieces of work in one or several categories - poster, photography and video) and 777 tertiary schools from all 28 EU countries participated.

"I am glad that so many young talented professionals decided to participate in this competition. I share many of the visions and ideas put forward in their work. It shows that our attitude towards diversity and immigration should be based on facts and not misconceptions", said Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs.

The winners are:

Best Poster: Better together, Andrea Raia, Fondazione Accademia di Comunicazione, Italy

Best Photo: Rue des Palmiers 80, Romy Cordivani, Institut des Hautes Etudes des Communications Sociales, Belgium

Best Video: My family's migrations, Nadja Haugas, Martin Siilak, Kuressaare Ametikool, Estonia

Public Choice Prize: My family's migrations, Nadja Haugas, Martin Siilak, Kuressaare Ametikool, Estonia

Out of the 1 500 artworks received, national juries made a selection per country, from which a European jury shortlisted 27 finalists and decided on three winners, one per category (Video, Poster and Photo). The public was also invited to see the artworks of the finalists and to vote for their favourite, who won the public choice award.

The prize-giving ceremony with Commissioner Malmström took place in Brussels on 14 October in the Berlaymont Commission building (Presidents' Gallery), where the work of all finalists will be exhibited throughout October. On the same day the European Commission also organised a conference on the image of migrants in the media gathering journalists, representatives of civil society, academics and policy makers.

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All the finalists can be viewed at www.migrantsineurope.eu. Key figures on EU migration and asylum are available here.