WORKLAB ANTITHESIS I (PORTUGAL) | NARRATIVES ON MIGRATIONS AND HOW TO FIGHT FAKE NEWS

The analysis of new narratives is important, in light of current mainstream narratives, in order to deconstruct dubious conceptions and work from a basis of the reality of facts, figures and testimonies. Several of the existing myths about migration are deconstructed by facts. For example, improving socio-economic development at the national level tends to increase, in the short and medium term, international migration and not to decrease it. Migrants tend to contribute more in terms of taxes and social contributions in the countries where they reside than they receive in benefits. And the European space needs, in a structural way and increasingly, migrants with different levels of qualifications and competences. Presenting examples of new narratives and new stories is also a way to raise awareness on migrations, so it is important that we get to know the narratives of migrants, which highlight these statements. It is equally important to combat false news and hate speech, in order to stop the backtracking of intercultural dialogue and of the experience of diversity. Migration is not a problem, it is a solution for a world with a growing population and greater social needs, which must be tolerant and fair.

 

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