Due to disinformation, a majority of Europeans believe that the migrant population in the EU is 16% when it is actually less than half that number! It’s just 7%. Disinformation distorts perceptions and shapes political discourse. It taps into people’s worries, amplifying them. Manipulated statistics, out-of-context information, and false claims about migrants and refugees are particularly pervasive.
This event is the first in a series of three which will take place across Europe (Brussels, Berlin and Rome), with the purpose of raising awareness for concrete methods for identifying and “prebunking” disinformation on migration. In continuation of FEPS, EPC and FES’ previous work on the topic, and drawing upon lessons learned from the ongoing refugee influx from Ukraine following Russia’s invasion, a new report will be published in 2022.
This first hybrid event in Brussels discussed the actions needed to build up societal resilience against disinformation and promote a more balanced and informed public discourse on migration. It will also offer an opportunity to reflect on existing and future challenges, particularly in relation to the displacement of millions of Ukrainians in Europe.
Alberto-Horst Neidhardt Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre
Myria Georgiou Professor of Media and Communication, London School of Economics
László Andor Secretary General, Foundation for European Progressive Studies
Tina Zournatzi Head of Communications, DG HOME, European Commission
Brando Benifei Member of the European Parliament (S&D)
Hrishabh Sandilya Senior Programme Manager, European Programme for Integration and Migration; and Co-Founder, ReImagined Futures
Moderator Hedwig Giusto FEPSSenior Research Fellow and Editor-in-Chief of the Progressive Post
The output of this multiannual project by FEPS, FES and EPC will be presented during two additional events:
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Strategien gegen migrationsbezogene Desinformation
Strategies against migration-related disinformation
Migrazione e disinformazione dopo l’invasione dell’Ucraina
Migration and disinformation after the invasion of Ukraine
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