MAX – Maximizing Migrants’ Contribution to Society
MAX aims at changing the public perception of migrants’ contribution to society.
Grant Agreement Number: 821672
Funded by: AMIF Duration: 28/01/2019 – 28/01/2022
Overwhelming evidence suggests that migrants are a benefit to society. Migrants contribute more in taxes and social contributions than they receive in benefits, boost the working-age population, bring in skills, create enterprises, form a bridge to global markets and enrich culture. Also, the demographic change that Europe is facing threatens the sustainability of its social welfare system, and there is a structural demand for migrant workers in certain occupations such as care.
However, the positive impact on European economies and societies is insufficiently publicly acknowledged by the media, policy-makers, researchers, or public opinion. Portraying migrants as a threat to national unity and social cohesion or a burden on public finances leads to an increasingly hostile environment and debate, and contributes to the rise of xenophobia and right wing extremism.
Therefore, a change of narrative is essential to work jointly towards a future in a peaceful, cohesive and booming Europe.
By using storytelling, creating positive messages for the media and organizing encounters between locals and newcomers, MAX aims at humanizing the issues around migration and changing the public perception of migrants’ contribution to society.