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Television broadcast to promote the integration of migrants

Some 119 migrants, journalists and journalism students helped produce and broadcast television programmes promoting a positive image of migrants through success stories and discussing issues faced by migrant communities in Slovakia.

Project dates 01/11/2010 - 28/02/2012
Total budget€138 210
EU contribution75%
Name of the entity managing the projectLocal Media Institute
FundEIF
CountrySlovakia

Project Description

Slovakia tackled integration of non-EU nationals with a monthly television programme funded by this project. The programme was broadcast on the national channel as well as seven regional channels and promoted a positive image of migrants through success stories. It also reflected on issues faced by migrant communities within Slovakia. The series provided a platform for the exchange of information between communities and citizens on upcoming events, and provided regular career advice and job offers.

The Local Media Institute also organised several discussion seminars with journalists and journalism students to support and encourage media interest in the issue of migration and integration, as well as to create a network of journalists working in this field.

Benefits and results

The Local Media Institute created 10 episodes of the television programme which were broadcast on various channels, including at prime time on the national channel. They were also distributed on DVD. A total of 119 people took part in the programmes, including migrants, journalists and journalism students. Over the course of the project, 14 migrant communities participated in the programme and in discussions with the journalists and journalism students.

The webpage for the television programme provides an archive of the individual parts, job offers, media releases on migration and integration issues, as well as general information on labour conditions in Slovakia, and invitations to upcoming events or activities in this field.

This project gave non-EU nationals the opportunity to contribute to society and present issues that concerned them. At the same time, the programme informed Slovak citizens and provided a more positive image of migrants than the stereotype more often presented in the media.

The television programmes and webpage also offered non-governmental organisations active in the field of integration of non-EU nationals with a platform to disseminate information on relevant activities of their own.

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