Panel Meeting on Information Campaigns
On 11-12 October the Eastern Partnership Panel on Migration, Mobility and Integrated Border Management meeting on information campaigns will take place in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Information and awareness raising campaigns addressing prospective irregular migration are an increasingly used tool by European and partner countries. These campaigns try to help migrants to make informed decisions, since they often lack information or rely on false claims. Increasing awareness and changing migrants' perceptions and behaviour is a major challenge: aspirations to migrate are built over time on a narrative of a Europe of opportunities, perpetuated by mass and social media. Regardless their motivations, prospective migrants are interested in information helping them assess the likely rewards of their risky choice.
The meeting will gather experts from the EU Member States, the Eastern Partnership countries, European Commission, international organizations, representatives of civil society and academia to share and promote best practices on targeted information campaigns about the rights and obligations of citizens when travelling visa-free or under the provisions of the Schengen visa, address specific common challenges that may arise in the practical implementation of these information campaigns, and discuss a coordinated approach through which the EU, EU MS and partner countries can benefit from communication synergies and coherence of information and awareness actions.
The event is hosted by Georgia with the support of the European Commission (EC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Mission in Ukraine.