Dianova in Portugal to be National Coordinator of the European Campaign « Migrants in Europe » 2013

European competition "Migrants in Europe"

In Portugal, Dianova has been officially appointed to coordinate the 2013 « Migrants in Europe » multimedia competition, jointly with the European Commission – Directorate of Home Affairs ( Commissioner: Ms. Cecila Malmström). The competition is to be lauched on Friday, February 1st in all EU member states.

The competition is aimed at students who are over 18 years old and enrolled in art, graphic design, journalism and communication schools in all EU countries and Croatia. Students will have to present an artwork featuring the role played by migrants from non-EU countries in the development of European societies. More information is available on the competition’s dedicated web site, http://www.migrantsineurope.eu, or on a Facebook page currently under construction.

As a national coordinator (under the supervision of Mr Rui Martins, Director of Communications of Dianova in Portugal and Mr. Tiago Carvalho), Dianova will have to promote the competition among target audiences and other stakeholers including universities, students, civil society and governement representatives, and experts, in addition to managing media relations and social media activities, such as the portuguese competition’s page on Facebook and preparing an evaluation report for the European Commission.

Excerpt from the Competition’s Web Site

Migration is a difficult subject to address in times of crisis and high unemployment. It gets a bad press – because migrants are scapegoats for problems; because the migration policies in Europe have not always functioned at their best; or simply because good news and positive stories do not easily gain space in the media nowadays.

The multimedia Competition “Migrants in Europe” aims to give young artists and communicators an opportunity to reflect on the contribution of migrants to the European society today. The Competition should also serve as a first step towards more debate, information and opinion exchange.

The schools are to present the works in three categories – Poster, Photography and Video. Each school can present one or several works in one or several categories. The works will be judged at the national level and the best works will be forwarded to a European jury that will decide on European winners.

The schools whose students win first prizes in the three categories and the first prize in the public vote will receive an award of €10,000 each.