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Youth and Migrations: the focus of the last meetings organised by Anna Lindh Foundation and UNIMED

On October 20, and December 15, 2020 two new virtual encounters of the Intercultural Trends and Media Platform organised by Anna Lindh Foundation and UNIMED took place.

The Media Platform is a space for a facilitated discussion to exchange reflections and to share ideas on what can be done by journalists, academia and civil society together in order to support intercultural relations and cooperation in the EuroMed region.

Following the two editions organised in June and July 2020, the third meeting took place on October 20, 2020 and was devoted to “Fair, diverse and nuanced representation matters”. The 11 participants (from Albania, Algeria, France, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Morocco and Spain) explored and exchanged views and scientific data on how youth are represented in the media, reflecting together on possible recommendations to support youth and intercultural relations in the EuroMed region. The event was moderated by Bayan Tal, Senior Adviser of the Jordan Media Institute.

The fourth meeting held on December 15, 2020 was devoted to “Cross-cultural reporting and EuroMed mobility”. The focus of the discussion among the 10 participants (from Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Morocco, Syria and Tunisia) was on the media coverage of migration-related issues and coexistence within multicultural societies in the Euro-Mediterranean region. During the meeting, Ms Shadeen Khallaf, Senior Policy Advisor at the UNHCR-United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, shared some insights about the actions UNHCR is undertaking in the MENA region.

Both encounters were also the occasion for the Anna Lindh Foundation to present the results of the latest ALF-Ipsos Intercultural Trends Survey 2020, an opinion poll carried out in eight European countries (Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Romania, Sweden) and five SEM countries/territories (Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco) which gathered the views of over 13.000 people.

Further editions of the Intercultural Trends and Media Platform will be organised in 2021.