The 2nd event of the CLOE project has been held in Wiernsheim from 9th to 11th February.
The event has been focused on the strategies of communication toward migrants and refugees, and in particular on how Media can help to breaking down stereotypes and discouraging discrimination. In fact, facing European crisis of migrants and refugee, many studies, or fact from practical experience show that the media impact on public opinion is enormous.
The Conference opened with the greetings of Mr Karlheinz Oehler, Mayor of Wiernsheim, which by the way, talked about the situation of refugees hosted in the Municipality, presenting its experience.
The event has seen the participation of different experts who contributed to develop the debates and discussion. In particular, in the first part of the Conference, Mr Klaus G. Wertel, Journalist and formerly head of the national press conference Baden-Württemberg, presented, with an European perspective, the situation of Media in the European Union, and how they can influence the attitude of citizens toward the migration and refugees' crisis. In fact, the issue of migration, once covered and analyzed by from the lenses of the media, can become on of the main concerns of citizens and have a meaningful impact on the attitudes of the public opinion.
Each participant, with practical experiences, presented the situation in its country, showing how the activities and services for refugees and migrants, once analysed by the Media, often raise discontent and anti-european sentiments among citizens who ascribe them the negative effects on the (economic) crisis on public safety and welfare. Participants shared best practices and experiences, developing fruitful debates on the topic.
From this point has been very important the intervention of Mrs Takoua Ben Mohamaed an italia-tunisian girl, who created the Intercultural Comics as a way to foster intercultural dialogue.
During the round table, managed by Mrs Debora Boaglio, expert from Diaconia Valdese, participants had the opportunity to deepen the issues and how they can contribute to change the attitude of citizens regarding the messages communicated by the media.