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Global Migration Media Academy seals partnership with NUI Galway to address anti-migrant rhetoric

The Global Migration Media Academy will provide student journalists around the world with the tools to develop balanced narratives on migration and reduce the spread of misinformation. Amanda Nero/IOM 2018

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) today finalized a new partnership to provide free courses for journalists and students to encourage accurate reporting on migration and balance narratives that fuel the stigmatization and discrimination that migrants face around the world.

“The last 12 months have shown us all how important our news and news sources are for keeping us informed and educated,” said Simon Coveney, Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs speaking at Monday’s event.

“While fake news is a danger that more and more people are aware of, countering it or revealing it isn’t something that many know how to do. Therefore, I warmly welcome this important initiative from NUI Galway and Irish Aid to tackle misinformation and fake news being spread about migration,”

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The Global Migration Media Academy (GMMA) initiative led by IOM supports efforts to tackle misinformation and promote diverse perspectives on this expansive topic. The project is co-funded by the IOM Development Fund and Irish Aid.

NUI Galway will provide an introductory course; a global overview of migration which will be made available free of charge online and in universities. Working with IOM country offices in Mexico, Morocco, the Philippines and Serbia, the university through the GMMA will also support media training programmes with a country and regional migration focus. The Academy will expand to other countries and regions as the project evolves.

The partnership was formalized at a special online event to acknowledge the new Global Cooperation Agreement between NUI Galway and IOM. The agreement also allows for NUI Galway to collaborate with IOM in other migration related projects in the future.

The production and promotion of positive narratives on migration has been identified as an  effective way to counter misinformation and disinformation that incite fear and sow divisions that lead to stigmatization and discrimination, said IOM Ireland Chief of Mission Lalini Veerassamy.

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“As we establish the GMMA, it is key to have a reputable academic institution such as NUI Galway working with us to develop standardized training tools on media and migration,” said Veerassamy.

“The global foundation course, which will be contextualized to reflect different migration dynamics will equip journalists from all over the world with the necessary tools to develop more balanced and accurate narratives on migration which in turn will reduce the spread of misinformation.”

The GMMA will have a strong focus on training journalism students to identify and track disinformation and harmful content, including fact-checking techniques and data journalism.

“Our journalism academics are international experts in media literacy and it is an honour for them to work with the IOM and Irish Aid on this vitally important international project which will have far-reaching positive learning for society,” said Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President of NUI Galway

The courses will draw on migration research and data, as well as explore unfolding global developments like COVID-19, influencing the future of mobility and migration, including public attitudes.

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Students are encouraged to explore this complex topic from different perspectives and publish compelling, nuanced and evidence-based stories.

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Spain expects to welcome 45 million international tourists this year, despite UK travel restrictions

Spain plans to accomplish its goal and to welcome nearly 45 million international tourists until the end of this year, the country’s government has said.

According to the Southwestern European country’s authorities, such figures can be reached despite the travel restrictions and other bans imposed on Britons – its main market – due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Spanish Tourism Minister, Maria Reyes Maroto, said that she hopes the country is still able to recover half of their international tourism this year, as according to her, “it’s a prudent goal”.

“We expect around 17 million international tourists during the summer, and many will be British because it is a market that is very faithful to Spain,” the Minister pointed out.

Previously, the Minister said that the world’s second most popular destination after France expects to draw 45 million international visitors during this year, or more than half compared to 83.5 million visitors who entered Spain in 2019.

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Between January and May, a total of 3.2 million international travellers, of them about 130,000 Britons, visited Spain, according to the recent official figures.

The United Kingdom permitted international travel to resume in May after remaining temporarily frozen due to the COVID-19 situation. However, Spain does not belong to the UK’s green list, which includes countries considered safe, based on their epidemiological situation.

All travellers from the United Kingdom interested to visit Spain are obliged to stay self-isolated for ten days and take two COVID-19 tests when returning from Spain to Britain.

However, the decrease in the number of infections in Spain’s Balearic archipelago, which includes Mallorca and Ibiza, has led the authorities in Britain to exempt these territories from their list that includes regions highly affected by the virus; therefore, travellers from these territories do not have to follow testing and quarantine rules when returning to the UK from Spain.

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The Southwestern European welcomed a total of 18 million Britons in 2019, including 3.7 million who visited the Balearics.

In May, Spain’s government announced that it exempted Britons from test requirements in an effort to boost the country’s tourism sector.

However, last month, Spain’s government reversed the policy and now demands a negative COVID-19 test result of proof of vaccination for all travellers from the United Kingdom.

Amid the raised concerns over the Delta variant of the Coronavirus, which has profoundly affected the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal and Malta tightened their travel rules for all travellers from Britain who plan to visit these countries any time soon.

The global tourism industry, among other sectors, have been devastated by the Coronavirus situation. According to a recent annual Economic Trends Report conducted by the World Travel and Tourism (WTTC), European Travel and Tourism industry suffered the most significant economic collapse last year, after the Asia-Pacific.

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According to the figures published by the World Health Organization, Spain has registered a total of 3,866,475 cases of Coronavirus infection.

The same source shows that the virus has led more than 80,900 people to death in Spain.

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France: Tourists are now obliged to pay for COVID-19 tests

Tests used for detecting the COVID-19 will no longer be free of charge for tourists visiting France, as the government decided on July 7.

Following authorities’ decision, tourists wanting to leave France will have to pay €49 for a PCR test or €29 for a Rapid Antigen test, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

EU and Swiss residents will, however, be eligible for refunds.

As SchengenVisaInfo.com reported previously, the country is imposing this fee on tourists in a bid to encourage vaccination. Still, this decision has raised fears that travellers will forge certificates attesting to negative COVID-19 tests so they don’t have to pay the money.

Travellers found guilty of falsifying, selling, or using fake documents can be sentenced to three years in prison and fined €45,000.

The French Civil Liberties organisation (CNIL) has approved the limited sharing of information on people’s vaccination status regarding the COVID-19 virus.

According to CNIL, the social security authorities should have the permission to provide lists to family doctors requesting the information. This statement followed Health Minister, Olivier Véran, request for CNIL to comment on the matter.

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The list has to be available to doctors who request it. They are responsible for informing patients of the availability and advantages of vaccination but not trying to convince them. Patients’ names must be deleted from the list once they receive the information.

Gabriel Attal, the government spokesman, warned that most regions of the country are now experiencing an increase in infection rates with COVID-19, although hospitalisation numbers remain low.

On the other hand, the French Tourism Minister, Jean-Baptise Lemoyne, noted that while the country welcomes US citizens, the latter won’t allow the French travellers entering the country free of quarantine and testing requirements after it is placed on the amber list.

All 27 EU member states agreed to allow travellers from third countries to visit the bloc if 14 days have passed since their final vaccine was received, provided the vaccines used were authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), such as Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Janssen.

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On July 7, the World Health Organisation announced the “tragic milestone” of four million COVID-19 deaths recorded, adding that the true rates were likely higher. The same organisation revealed that France has reported 28 deaths related to Coronavirus implications and 4,081 new positive cases in the recent 24 hours.

Over 35 per cent of France’s total population is fully vaccinated, whereas 52 per cent have received at least one shot on the vaccine.

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Celebration as Nigeria announces international flight resumption

There’s celebration among Nigerians as the Federal Government yesterday, August 17, 2020, announced that  the country  will resume international flight operations on August 29.

 Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made the announcement on Monday in Abuja at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

“We are very glad today to announce that international flights will resume from August 29, 2020,” he said.

Sirika added, “However, what we have become used to – physical distancing, wearing of masks, washing of hands, temperature taking, etc will continue.”

He explained that the process for the resumption of international flights in the country would be similar to that of the domestic flight resumption.

According to the minister, the resumption will commence on Saturday next week at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He thanked Nigerians for their patience while the ban on international flights was enforced and gave an assurance that the protocols and procedures for resumption would be announced in due course.

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“Just like we did with the domestic (flights resumption), it will start with Lagos and Abuja. The protocols, procedures, and processes, will be announced in due course.

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, announced the date for resumption of international flights at the PTF briefing in Abuja on August 17, 2020.

He said“So, all protocols exist, and they will continue alongside the opening of these airports,” said Sirika.

He explained, “In the beginning, there will be four flights into Lagos and four flights into Abuja daily, we will give further details on that in due course.

“It is the Task Force decision, not that of aviation (ministry) … under the leadership of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation who is the chairman of PTF.”

The citizens are elated by the announcement which they described as heartwarming.

A twitter user Ibrahim ishaq
@almuneer13 said: “Alhamdulillah. since10th april my wife has deliver a baby girl now the has 4 month but i didn’t see her because of this situation now I’m very happy for this thank you so much.”

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Engr Ezeugo Lucky Emeka
: Glory be to almighty God, I can’t wait to go and see my wife and my son including my parents and siblings. Thank you Jesus”
Ihuoma @Ihuoma84180674:
“Life no balance at all..am happy that finally I can reunite with my husband, getting to two years now I saw him last,he is yet to meet his son, we were supposed to travel April”

Samuel Okechukwu
@samuelIfea

Everyone should thank God for life first.

My brother lost his wife during childbirth on
April 29th in serious lockdown leaving behind 4 little kids including new born baby. She was buried July 30th.
Yesterday 16th of August i lost same brother who Buried his wife 2weeks ago.

Coach Ay
@AmubodeAyoola
It’s wrong for them to open the international flights at this time. The problem we had in the beginning with covid, will spiral to a level we won’t be able to control. Different people will use that opportunity to come into Nigeria.

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