The Office of the OSCE Co-ordinator for Economic and Environmental Activities launched the two-year E-Mindful project in 2021 with the aim of overcoming the polarization of the public debate on migration, and developing new and appropriate communication tools on migration.
The project is part of the OSCE actions to support the implementation of the joint commitments made by participating States under the second (economic-environmental) dimension to promote inclusive, prosperous and resilient societies.
The E-Mindful project is supported by Italy (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Ministry of Labor and Social Policies), the European Commission (DG HOME) and Germany and will be implemented in six partner countries: Italy, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany, North Macedonia and Serbia.
In partnership with the International Labor Organization and the European University Institute – Centre on Migration Policy, the OSCE aims to develop a set of evidence-based and action-oriented guidelines to strengthen national communication strategies, with the aim of overcoming negative stereotypes about migration and migrants and fully exploiting the economic potential of migration.
The project is supported by experts from various fields (sociology, semiotics, communication sciences, cultural anthropology) and creative young people. The project also includes the development of multilingual narrative and multimedia content on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook channels and the publication of a monthly newsletter, ‘Moving Stories‘.
On 17 December 2021, on the occasion of the International Migrants Day, an official E-Mindful presentation event took place in Vienna. The event was chaired by Amb. Luca Fratini, Director of the Office of the OSCE Secretary General, and Italy was represented by the Director General for Migration and Integration Policies of the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, Tatiana Esposito.
Moving Stories” Newsletter:
#2 – Changing thoughts, changing future
#3 – Don’t call them migrants!