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The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) recently orchestrated a two-day training workshop in Lahore titled “Migration through Media Reporting: Enhancing Knowledge, Access to Information, and Tools for Journalists to Improve Reporting on Migration in Pakistan.” The workshop was designed for approximately 25 journalists and media professionals, including influencers, who cover news in Punjab Province.

The main objective of the workshop was to deepen journalists’ understanding of migration management and governance in Pakistan. Participants received training on key terminologies, best practices, and specific techniques essential for responsible and ethical journalism in the context of migration.

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The training utilized practical exercises, case studies, and short videos to foster group engagement and encourage participants to produce articles and content centered around migration-related topics, aiming to raise awareness nationwide.

As part of the program, experts from ICMPD introduced the Handbook on Migration Reporting for Journalists (2020), providing valuable guidance to journalists in producing impartial, fact-based reports. Sessions also explored the significance of digital storytelling and its potential to shape audience perceptions of the realities and consequences of irregular migration.

Representatives from Pakistan’s Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment (BEOE) and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) contributed to the training by explaining the roles of their respective institutions in facilitating legal migration pathways (BEOE) and addressing irregular migration routes and associated consequences (FIA).

This workshop was conducted under the framework of the project “Awareness Raising and Information Campaigns on the Risks of Irregular Migration in Pakistan” (PARIM-II), which is funded by the European Union and co-funded/co-implemented by Austria, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, and Greece. Collaborative efforts such as these aim to combat irregular migration and promote informed decision-making among potential migrants in Pakistan.

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