With migration being a significant issue in many parts of the world, there is starting to be a sea change, which recognizes that the stories of refugees are better when they are told by people with the lived experience of being a refugee. Journalists who end up as migrants have often found it difficult to break into journalism in their new homes, but that is starting to change with support from some key players. Egyptian journalist Osama Gaweesh found it difficult to find work when he first arrived in the UK. But then he spent a year training in London with the Refugee Journalism Project in London, and everything changed. “We met experts from the BBC, Bloomberg, and The Guardian. And they introduced us to the industry as qualified, professional journalists who want another chance. This was amazing because they started to teach us how to pitch ideas, how to do freelance work,” said Gaweesh, who is now a producer and TV presenter. Mohammed Subat, a journalist who migrated from Syria to Spain, has some advice for aspiring journalists. “The first thing is to keep your spirits up. And there is always hope in the new country. And rebuild your self-confidence, you can do it, you can be a journalist again in your new country.”

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