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    3 November 2016

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    Communicating Migration
    European Economic and Social Committee Civil Society Media Seminar

    24-25 November, Diplomatic Academy, Vienna

    VIENNA, 3 November (United Nations Information Service) - The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will organise its annual Civil Society Media Seminar on " communicating migration" for the first time in Vienna on 24-25 November.

    This 10 th Civil Society Media seminar will look at how policy makers, journalists and communicators have delivered their messages on migration and the impact they have had. The event will aim to learn from the most effective tools and examples in telling the story of migration and integration.

    This Slovak Presidency event is organised with the support of the Austrian Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs and the City of Vienna and is targeted at communication and press officers from civil society organisations, European and international organisations and journalists.

    "Communicating Migration" will be looked at four different aspects:

    I) Communication on migrant smuggling in Europe and neighbouring countries will discuss the influence political statements, reports and pictures in and outside Europe have had on the smuggling business.

    II) The role of media and communication channels (including social media) in the migration and refugee "crisis" will look at the phenomenon of a high numbers of migrants and the role of media in delivering this news to the public.

    III) Communication on Integration will examine how communication could contribute to better explaining the contribution of migrants to society and communications challenges related to diversity and cultures.

    IV) The role of policy makers in communicating the "migration crisis" will put the focus on the consequences of policy makers' statements and how media pick up and deliver these messages.

    The seminar will provide a platform to share experience and best practices. Although on invitation only, interested people can send a request to receive an invitation to to apply for one of the last remaining seats.


    The European Economic and Social Committee represents the various economic and social components of organised civil society. It is an institutional consultative body established by the 1957 Treaty of Rome. Its consultative role enables its members, and hence the organisations they represent, to participate in the EU decision-making process. The Committee has 350 members from across Europe, who are appointed by the Council of the European Union.

    For more information, please contact:

    Silvia Aumair, EESC Press Unit
    Tel.: + 32 2 546 8141 or + 32 473 520774


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