No country for young men

news - 04/07/2017
As part of the Labour Migration Academy, taking place from 3 to 14 July 2017, the Centre is delighted to welcome Mr Kieran Guilbert, a journalist at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, who will present the documentary “No Country for Young Men”.


This documentary combines in-depth reporting with the emotional power of video and photography to give a human face to Senegalese migrants risking their lives in pursuit of what they hope will be a better future, thinking they have no other way to support their families.

The story shines a spotlight on the lives of migrants leaving Senegal and heading into the unknown. It gives a voice to those who too often go unheard, telling the stories of young men who burn through their family’s savings in failed attempts to reach Europe, and the families they leave behind, struggling to cope without breadwinners.

In 2016, this documentary won the ILO Global Media Competition Award for “Excellence in reporting on Breaking Stereotypes on Labour Migration” in the VIDEO/MULTIMEDIA category. The competition attracted 210 journalists and reporters from 69 countries around the world.

This annual competition was launched by the ILO in 2015, in collaboration with the  International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Equal Times, the Solidarity Center, Human Rights Watch, the Migrant Forum in Asia, and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

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