The Children’s Media Foundation (CMF)

Reflecting the Refugee Experience

Children’s Screen Content in an Era of forced Migration - Creating Arab-European Dialogue. 
Jeanette Steemers, Professor of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College, London and CMF Board Member has been co-directing a research project into how growing numbers of displaced children create a need for content reflecting their issues.

Children from Arab countries constitute a growing media audience in Europe. Recent conflicts have caused hundreds of thousands to flee their homes, especially Syria and Iraq, to find safety in Europe. In January 2017, there were 577,300 Syrians in Germany and 116,400 in Sweden including large numbers of children.

In the light of this refugee crisis, researchers from King’s College London and the University of Westminster have published a consolidated Report on “Facilitating Arab-European Dialogue Children’s Screen content in an Era of Forced Migration”. The report brings together 36 examples of European content including animation, drama and documentaries that deal with issues around migration and diversity.  It summarises discussions by practitioners and children’s media advocates at three workshops in Manchester, Copenhagen and Munich and a final Symposium in 2018, and provides recommendations for best practice.

The Report can be downloaded here.  Further materials can be accessed in the Reports section or on the Project Website https://euroarabchildrensmedia.org/.

For more information contact Jeanette.steemers@kcl.ac.uk

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