Step 3

The Power of Storytelling

Stories are a compelling way to help people visualise and empathise with migrant experiences.


Why Focus on Stories?

People love stories. Stories connect people, they bring abstract ideas and values to life and help create empathy. By telling stories and listening to individual migrants and people in communities who welcome them, we can emphasise our shared humanity.

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How to use storytelling

By telling stories that reflect our shared values, we can more easily connect to our audience and humanise migrants.

This section of the toolbox will help you to:

Understand what
types of stories
to tell

Consider how to avoid stereotypes and emphasize individuals. Use storytelling to reflect your vision and shared values.

who should narrate
the story

Who tells a story is just as important as the story itself. Who is the best narrator for your audience and how can you ensure your stories are inclusive of migrant perspectives?

what makes a good story

There are so many directions to take in telling a story. What are the basic building blocks of a good story?

Find storytelling
methods and mediums

Consider diverse and exciting mediums for creative storytelling, including music, theatre, podcasts, radio, street art, animation and humour.


UN Human Rights Stand-Up for Migrants – Comedy Night

Comedians share their own stories of migration in celebration of International Migrants Day.

#MeetFadak - A refugee tells her story

Fadak Alfayadh and her family came to Australia from Iraq. Her new community welcomed her and her family with open arms and encouragement. Now, she uses the power of her own story to inspire others to embrace newcomers to Australia.


Los Angeles-based musician La Marisoul performs “A Serenade for the Undocumented”, a narration and musical performance sharing the story about Los Jornaleros del Norte, a band made up of former and current day labourers in Los Angeles. This video elevates migrant voices and experiences by blending narrative storytelling, music and illustration.


The Afroqueer Podcast produced by None on Record, shares stories of queer Africans from across the continent. The Webby-award winning show includes stories about individuals who have migrated or feel pressure to migrate to escape discrimination related to their queer identity and seek a better life.

In the next step, find out how to bring your stories and vision to life in your local area and community.

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