First accounts, volunteering operations, from the issues to the solutions. The discussion themes during the two-days conference could took the starting point from the current news line regarding the refugees crisis, from the Mediterranean crisis, now spreading and touching the whole EU.
The University of Westminster has just started Westminster Migration Network Group. @DorrieChetty, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Westminster, works on migration research, and she is building links to widen the community and prompt more dialogue around topics of multiculturalism, integration, and social cohesion.
By helding the Fifth MV Annual Conference at Regent Street campus - University of Westminster - the dialogue among parts can start.
@NazekRamadan, Director of Migrant Voice, introduced the key topics and activities for the day. But, first of all, a look at the situation in Calais: pictures of the camp, with tents, toys, and clothing spread on the land where many asylum seekers are stopped in their research for a better place to live.
The 'Migration crisis', the migrants, and Europe's response
@lindseyhilsum - Channel 4 News International Editor - chaired the panel.
During the short presentations by each participant, reactions via Twitter started. Data, quotes, and comments were projected behind the speakers as the ashtag #MVconf2015 allowed networking through an attentive audience.
Meet a Migrant and Training session: how do we turn the conference messages and stories into media stories?
With the Mediterranean crisis or refugee crisis - as we call it now - media coverage has played an important role.
Visibility is a key word. Migration is an old story, but with different faces as time goes on and the fluxes change directions.
Interact with the media and share stories with a wider audience are therefore important and the first actions to take, in order to make such issues known and the people reading/listening/watching more sensible towards the topic.
What really all the speeches, presentations, and workshops prompted to was to keep on the dialogue, meet people, and share the experience. Change for the future starts from little and everyday actions.
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