Commissioner tasks Media on effective Reportage on Migration
Hajiya Sadiya Umar, Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) has urged media practitioners to effectively report and educate the public on dangers of irregular migration.
According to her, the analysis of Media representation is critical to understand the responsibilities and consequences of cross border mobility, settlement and protection.
She said over the years the story of migration has been largely positive with migrants bringing new skills, energy, perspective and experiences to their new homes.
“They help to drive economic growth and enriching the cultural tapestry of their communities.
“Even with all its positive contributions migration has been associated with some adverse effect to countries which includes undue pressure on local jobs, social security and services among others.
“Furthermore, this has equally led to untold challenges and vulnerabilities, experienced by many migrations such as racism, xenophobia and discrimination that have led to maltreatment of migrants in their host and transit countries,” Umar said.
She said that the workshop would serve as a recommendation to further strengthen the capacity of journalists to design more national, regional and global strategy on migration reporting.
Also, Ms Jolanda Pfister, Migration Adviser, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) said that the training was a key event in the framework of the Agency’s collaboration with NCRMI aimed at developing a comprehensive approach to better manage migration.