Press Release

Announcement. “SUITCASE 2023” annual journalism award

27 November 2023

  • The Migration and Citizenship Service of Armenia (MCS), the UN Armenia, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), UN Armenia and the People in Need INGO (PIN) carry on the tradition of the “SUITCASE” annual media contest.

This year, materials published during the period of 28 November 2022 to 4 December 2023 can be submitted for the contest.

Eligible materials include:

  • Printed / online articles in the press / blogs / news websites.
  • Online journalistic videos
  • Online radio stories, podcasts
  • Online / printed photo galleries with human-interest story pictures

The materials can cover one or more of the following groups of people and/or topics:

  • Asylum seekers and issues faced by them.
  • Refugees, other forcibly displaced people and issues faced by them.
  • Migrants and issues faced by them.
  • Stateless persons and their situation.
  • Returnees and issues faced by them, reintegration.
  • Communities hosting refugees; challenges faced by hosts.
  • Situation of forcibly displaced persons.
  • Solutions to issues faced by refugees and host communities.
  • Support from international community; international protection of refugees.
  • Refugees’ access to jobs, education, and services.
  • Contribution of refugees to host communities.
  • Contribution of host communities to refugee protection and assistance.
  • Migration processes.

The contest is open to journalists and media actors working in television, radio, print media, electronic media, independent bloggers, photographers, and multimedia professionals.

NB: Please note that media materials developed in the frame of any grant project, on a fee-for-service basis, will be considered ineligible.

The submitted materials will be evaluated by the Jury, and the winners of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be announced at the closing ceremony in December 2023.

The materials must be submitted by 23:59, 4 December 2023, to, along with the following mandatory information:

  • the author’s (authors’) name(s) and surname(s), phone number, e-mail address.
  • date of publication, link to the source, additional justification of the authorship (if the applicant deems necessary), name of the media outlet.

In case of questions please contact us at 095 005 313 (Aramazd Ghalamkaryan, UNHCR), 091 520 254 (Nelly Davtyan, MCS) or 091 506 884 (Shushanik Nersesyan, PIN).

Suitcase 2023 Journalism Award is aimed at motivating high-quality thematic media coverage. Since 2010, by encouraging the production of professional and impressive media content on the processes relating to refugees, asylum seekers, stateless persons, returnees, and migrants in Armenia, we aim to inspire journalists to apply more comprehensive, accurate and impartial approaches in media work with displaced persons and migrants. Suitcase 2023 is funded by the European Union, contracted by ICMPD through the Migration Partnership Facility (MPF), by UNHCR Armenia, IOM and UN Armenia.

Aramazd Ghalamkaryan

Aramazd Ghalamkaryan

Assistant External Relations Officer

UN entities involved in this initiative

International Organization for Migration
United Nations Department of Global Communications
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Goals we are supporting through this initiative