Group tasks journalists on migration reporting


Media practitioners in Nigeria have been urged to expand their coverage of migration issues, which has become a rising global developmental issue.

This was the basis of discussion at a one-day migration workshop organised by The Migrant Project for journalists across different media platforms in Lagos.

Speaking at the workshop themed Media & Migration: Telling Stories That Count, Media Career Development Specialist, Lekan Otufodunrin challenged journalists to pay attention to local and global migration trends.

Otufodurin cited a 2017 United Nations report which revealed that 258 million of the world’s population do not live in their countries of origin.

According to the report, “Many Nigerians are risking their lives by attempting to migrate irregularly to Europe via Libya, dreaming of success. Indeed, 9 in 10 Nigerian potential migrants expect to find a job within four months once in Europe. In reality, irregular migration from Nigeria to Europe is a risky choice.”

Otufodurin, therefore, urged journalists to also focus on regular alternatives that can help the public make informed migration decisions.

On his part, Qasim Akinreti, the Deputy Director of Digital Media, Voice Of Nigeria advised reporters to present holistic narratives on migration based on facts and not biases.

Akinreti also told participants to adopt multimedia tools and investigative techniques in reporting migration issues.

According to the Missing Migrants Project of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), about 3,123 migrant fatalities were recorded worldwide between January 1 and December 13, 2019.

Media Lead of The Migrant Project, Tayo Elegbede noted that migration is a socio-economic and political issue that requires multilateral collaboration in Nigeria and globally, adding that access to information is critical to checking migration anomalies.

“That is why we have organised this workshop. It aims to enhance media capacity and coverage on migration, especially, irregular migration so the media can authoritatively inform the public on these issues,” Elegbede said.

The Migrant Project is a social initiative that provides free and reliable information about the risks and realities of irregular migration, safe and legal alternatives to irregular migration as well as relevant migration news and policy updates.

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