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Major European publishers to team up on 18-month migration project

1 March 2017 | PROJECT NEWS


Press release
The European Journalism Centre
Maastricht, 1 March 2017

The European Journalism Centre launches today The New Arrivals, a collaborative journalism project that brings together El País (Spain), The Guardian (UK), Le Monde (France) and Spiegel Online (Germany) to report on migration to Europe.

Over a period of 18 months, the four news organisations will closely follow newly-arrived migrant communities in each of their countries to illustrate their integration challenges, their humanitarian situation, their professional aspirations, and the impact of their arrival on both the host and the home countries.

The Guardian will cover the story of a nine year-old Afghan boy now settled in the city of Derby, who fled the Taliban with his parents and six siblings, but became separated from all except his father. Spiegel Online will cover a Syrian family who left Damascus and have now been relocated in the northern city of Lüneburg. Le Monde will track a Sudanese family who are to be resettled in a remote area of the French interior. El País will follow a group of six youths from Cameroon, Morocco, Bolivia and Senegal playing in a local football team in the Andalusian town of Jerez de la Frontera.

In additional to the original reporting, the four media outlets will translate and contribute to each other’s articles studying and comparing different scenarios for migrants and refugees within the four countries. Content will be posted to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #thenewarrivals. The project is funded by the European Journalism Centre via a grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Mark Rice-Oxley, Head of Special Projects at The Guardian, said: “The Guardian has extensively covered the perilous journeys made by hundreds of thousands of migrants to Europe, and The New Arrivals will see us focus on how they are settling into their new lives. We’re pleased to be joining with Le Monde, El País and Spiegel Online on such an important and ground-breaking project and look forward sharing the stories of those affected with our readers.”

Eva Thöne, Editor at Spiegel Online added: “In the year of Bundestag elections, the discussion about integration influences the public debate, divides parties and German society - and is often shaped by stereotypes and prejudices about Arab countries. By representing and following the living situations of a refugee family, we hope to find a way to combine moving stories and portraits with a differentiated view on immigration.”

David Alandete, Managing Editor at El País, said: “Europe is still struggling to find a way to cope with the worst humanitarian crisis of the past fifty years. The refugees are here and they are part of our society, not just numbers or statistics. We aim to tell their stories: their pain, fears, wishes and projects. By following a soccer team in Spain we hope to reveal what the human side of the crisis is.”

Serge Michel, Editor-in-Chief of Le Monde Afrique, added: “France and its foreigners, what a topic! Will France roll into a tight ball with all spikes pointing outwards, following the hedgehog strategy of the Front National? Or will the country find a new republican pact? From Calais to the Aquarius boat saving lives in the sea, Le Monde is covering migration issues intensively. With the New Arrivals, and in partnership with three great European media, we will now also follow the daily life of a migrant family in their host country, see how France treats them and if they fail or succeed.”

Adam Thomas, Director of the European Journalism Centre, said: “For months, experienced journalists have been working incredibly hard to source, research and contextualise the families and journeys they are covering. This level of European collaboration around such a topic is unprecedented. With 2017 set to witness over ten national elections on the continent, projects of this scale are vital.”

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About the European Journalism Centre

The European Journalism Centre is an international non-profit foundation that connects journalists with new ideas. Since 1992, through grants, events, training and media development the European Journalism Centre has been building a sustainable, ethical and innovative future for journalism.


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