Marco Ricorda, Communication Officer at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) explains the importance of understanding how narratives about migration are created and maintained.

Migration is always a critical topic. Given the invasion of Ukraine and creation of millions of new migrants/refugees, understanding the processes by which narratives about migration are created and maintained is extremely timely.

When it comes to migration policymaking, narratives are regularly mentioned as some of the most important determinants of public attitudes and behaviour, as well as a powerful source for perceptions and misperceptions. Narratives are necessary to decipher, explain and simplify complex realities. They reflect how we perceive and speak about migrants and migration.

Narratives are complex, relational, and multifaceted. They can be produced, reproduced, crafted, and revised. They can include assumptions about causality, good and bad, responsibility, and consequences. But who are the actors participating in the construction of prevailing migration narratives? How do state and non-state actors take part in their crafting and dissemination? This article answers these and other questions related to how we think and communicate about migration.

EACD Members can read the full article here.