What do we mean by “narrative”? How are narratives on migration produced and re-produced in the media and policy arenas? And at the individual level? What gaps does the project aim to bridge? BRIDGES Scientific Coordinator and three other experts from the consortium explain their views on these questions.
The H2020 BRIDGES project aims to understand the causes and consequences of migration narratives in a context of increasing politicisation and polarisation with a three-fold objective:
Analysing the processes of narrative production and impact, and how they influence each other. BRIDGES studies why some migration narratives become dominant over others and what impact they have on individuals’ decisions and attitudes, as well as on policymakers.
Fostering evidence-based policies. BRIDGES develops a typology of government strategies to respond to populist narratives and provides policy recommendations on how to redress a tendency towards increasingly symbolic policies in the field of migration at the EU and national levels.
Creating spaces for dialogue between actors involved in narrative production. BRIDGES fosters the exchange of good practices among cultural entities, civil society organisations and migrant communities on how to build alternative narratives on migration.