Media and Technology to provide vital information to migrants in Myanmar
Access to vital information and resources is crucial for Myanmar workers looking for jobs in other cities and countries. And that access is rapidly evolving with the explosion of media and technology in the country. Speakers at IOM X’s “Media+Tech for Migration” forum in Yangon this week highlighted the role of innovation and how it is reshaping migration throughout the region.
“The digital landscape in Myanmar has rapidly changed, necessitating the availability of new platforms to effectively communicate with migrants here,” said Tara Dermott, IOM X Programme Leader. “With so many people looking for trustworthy information online or through media via Internet-connected mobile devices, technology-led approaches are being adopted to bridge the resource gap.”
IOM X screened its Make Migration Work video series during the “Media+Tech for Migration” forum. The eight videos, produced with community input over the past nine months, highlight important issues faced by aspiring migrants in Myanmar alongside trusted resources.
These include IOM Myanmar’s Facebook Chat Bot called Miss Migration, which helps process information queries efficiently, and IOMX.org/mm, a website that provides migration tips and official government contacts for migration information.
Since premiering in May of this year, the videos have been viewed over 1.5 million times. Myanmar broadcasters, Democratic Voice of Burma and Mizzima, began regular airings of the videos on television following the forum. These airings are expected to reach millions of people this month.
For further information and to view the Make Migration Work videos, visit IOMX.org/mm (Myanmar language) or IOMX.org/mm/english. To chat with Miss Migration on Facebook, visit Facebook.com/MissMigration.
Over 200 people participated in IOM X’s “Media+Tech for Migration” forum, including representatives from the Issara Institute, Myanmar’s ICT4D network, and the country’s top media outlets. Myanmar singer Chan Chan performed at the closing.
IOM X is the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s campaign to prevent exploitation and human trafficking in the Asia Pacific.