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Global Media Competition on Labour Migration ($ 100,000 Funding)


Deadline: 31 Oct,2019    Next term Starts:: 18 Dec,2019



GENEVA (ILO News) – The International Labour Organization (ILO) is launching its fifth annual Global Media Competition to recognize exemplary media coverage of labor migration. This year’s themes are ‘fair recruitment’ and ‘the future of labor migration’. For the first time, the competition has a student prize category and the option for a fellowship prize.

The competition aims to promote quality reporting on labor migration issues. Across the world, migrants face prejudice, intolerance, and stigmatization in their workplaces and communities. Negative public narratives can lead to abuse and exploitation, and challenge social cohesion. Balanced and ethical reporting can play an important role in addressing stereotypes and misconceptions, and in highlighting the positive contribution migrant workers make in their origin and destination countries.

The winners will be selected by a panel of experts in international migration and journalism, based on creativity, accuracy and balance, protection of migrants, and positive portrayal of labor migration.


Eligibility and Criteria

  • We will be seeking to identify journalists who have demonstrated their commitment to reporting in a fair and balanced manner to ensure greater public awareness about the contributions migrant workers bring to communities, and which are contributing to the elimination of public misperception, xenophobia, and discrimination against migrant workers.
  • The competition contributes to some of the targets of the recently adopted “Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact for Refugees,” which include improving working conditions for migrant workers and shifting misperceptions of labor migration. It also helps raise awareness on decent work and migration, a topic which features strongly in the United Nations Declaration on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    The competition is supported by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the International Federation of Journalists, Equal Times, Solidarity Centre, and Migrant Forum in Asia. This year’s competition is organized with the support of the EU funded ‘Global Action to Improve the Recruitment Framework of Labour Migration ’ (REFRAME) project, and the SDC funded ‘Integrated Programme on Fair Recruitment – Phase II ’ (FAIR II).

  • Fair recruitment of migrant workers. Entries in this category should illustrate how international recruitment practices impact migrant workers’ lives, their chances of enjoying decent work, and their exposure to potential exploitation and abuse, gender-based violence, child and forced labor and trafficking in persons
  • The future of labor migration


Awards and Benefits

  • The competition will award four professional prizes (two in the category ‘fair recruitment of migrant workers’ and two for ‘the future of labor migration’ category) and one student prize.
  • The winners will be able to choose between cash (US$1,000 in the professional category and US$300 for the student category) or a paid fellowship to participate in an ITC-Turin course on fair recruitment or labor migration topic in 2020 (see full Terms and Conditions for details).


How To Apply

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