The competition aims to promote quality reporting on labour migration issues, as balanced and ethical reporting play an important role in addressing stereotypes and misconceptions, as well as highlighting the positive contribution migrant workers make in their origin and destination countries.
The ILO received more than 300 entries from 95 countries. An independent panel of five judges reviewed the entries based on the criteria of creativity, accuracy and balance, protection of migrants and positive portrayal of labour migration. After a rigorous review, process prizes were awarded in two categories:
- Abuses on U.S. bases in Persian Gulf ensnare legions of migrant workers, by Katie McQue, Published by The Washington Post and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), (27 October 2022)
- Dal Punjab a Latina, pagare per diventare schiavo, by Ankita Anand, Daniela Sala and Marco Valle, published in IrpiMedia, (19 October 2022)
- Wonder women: central African refugee women raising the ceiling through entrepreneurial skills, by Rekiatu Musa Jingi, published in Soundcloud, (6 June 2022)
- What it takes to send a family of Filipino domestic workers abroad, by Jan Cuyco and Cristina Chi, published in Tinig Ng Plaridel, (14 March 2022)
The prize-winning articles in this year’s competition highlight the persistent challenges of countries and stakeholders in reducing the threats faced by millions of migrant workers across the globe who are forced into exploitive working conditions. Often these conditions begin in the recruitment process. Yet, the stories are also testimonies of migrants` and refugee workers’ agency and resilience. Through exemplary reporting by journalists, migrant workers’ contribution to economies and societies is becoming more recognized.”Michelle Leighton, Chief of the ILO’s Labour Migration Branch
The competition contributes to some of the targets of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact for Refugees, which include improving working conditions for migrant workers and positively influencing public narratives on migration.
The competition is supported by the International Trade Union Confederation, the International Organisation of Employers, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Federation of Journalists, Equal Times, Solidarity Centre, and Migrant Forum in Asia. The competition is also organized with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation funded ‘Integrated Programme on Fair Recruitment – Phase III ’ (FAIR III).
The ILO works with its constituent member States, employers` and workers` organizations to ensure that labour migration and mobility leads to decent work, including in countries mentioned by the winning media pieces, such as in Cameroon, Italy and Arab States.
The ILO recognizes the quality of the competition entries submitted. However, the responsibility for opinions expressed and names and terms used in the competition entries rests solely with their authors, and reproduction of the entries does not constitute an endorsement by the ILO of the opinions expressed and names and terms used in them.