The project will research the issue of migrants’ presence in the European Union from two angles, factual and opinion-based.
Desk research will be conducted into:
Literature and research about the benefits (economic, social, cultural) of a diverse society
Literature and research about the image of migrants as channelled in the news, and associated fears; experiments and solutions
Information on public opinions about migrants will also be carried out at local level in the neighbourhoods where our local partner organisations are active.
The aim of the activity is to produce and deliver messages which will refute stereotypes and change minds not by expert, scientific or political discourse or statistics alone, but by focusing on showing on the experiences, achievements and contribution of real-life migrants. The biggest impact on public opinion will be created by telling real-life stories, which engage empathy and demonstrate that reality is totally different from the caricature presented by populist politicians.