UN releases Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights at International Borders #migration


Human Rights at BordersIt is somehow seen as common sense that borders have to be protected – but what about the protection of people and their human rights at borders? Borderlands have gained increasing attention by activists and academics, but policymakers are often lacking in ensuring that basic principles of human rights are guaranteed at the border. Now the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has released “Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights at International Borders”. The document is neither legally binding nor does it introduce a new set of Rights, but it is an important reminder that several core rights are already in place and there is no justification to suspend those at the border. Migrant civil society representatives have Continue reading

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Out Now: „More than Remittances: Resisting the Dominant Discourse and Policy Prescriptions of the Global #Migration -Development-Mantra”


jep-1-2014_cover_WEBAn article by Nicola Piper and myself has just been published as part of a Special Issue on “Rethinking Resistance in Development Studies”. The goal of this Special Issue of the Journal for Development Studies (JEP) is to “unfold different theoretical understandings of resistance that have led empirical research on struggles against ,for and within‘ development’ since the 1990s”. The article includes research based on our participation in the United Nations High-Level Dialogue on Migration and Development (UN-HLD) in 2013 in New York. Here is the link to the Journal and the abstract: Continue reading

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Update on the 6th World Social Forum on Migrations #WSFM in Johannesburg: Schedule available


WSFM BannerMore information has been released about the upcoming 6th World Social Forum on Migrations (#WSFM) that will take place from the 5th until the 8th December 2014 at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. The program will consist of Plenary Sessions, Seminars and Workshops, Public Marches and, according to the organizers for the first time in the context of the WSFM, an Assembly of Convergence for Joint Action. The purpose of this convergence is to Continue reading

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CfP “Translocal Spatial Practices, Urban Transformations: Migration and Mobile Urbanism in South and South-East Asia”


On 14 to 16 January 2015 my colleagues Kirsten Hackenbroch, Tabea Bork-Hüffer and myself are organising an interdisciplinary workshop
“Translocal Spatial Practices, Urban Transformations: Migration and Mobile Urbanism in South and South-East Asia” at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)/Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany.
We would herewith like to invite you to participate in our Call for Papers which you can download here: Continue reading

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Out now: My first 2 articles on the 2014 #GFMD in Stockholm


VictoriaTwo shorter articles/comments I have written on the 2014 Global Forum on Migration and Development in Stockholm (GFMD) are now available online: One has been published in the journal Development + Cooperation (German version: Entwicklung + Zusammenarbeit), the other in the Swedish online newspaper “Dagens Arena”.

Here are the links: Continue reading

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New #ILO Protocol on Forced Labour adopted


Forced MigrationNon-binding, informal processes, “best practices”, “voluntary” frameworks – all fine and good. But once more, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has demonstrated to be the place where legally binding agreements that benefit labour migrants can be reached. During its annual meeting, the International Labour Conference (ILC) has adopted on June 11, 2014, a new legally binding ILO Protocol on Forced Labour, aiming to “advance prevention, protection and compensation measures, as well as to intensify efforts to eliminate contemporary forms of slavery”. The protocol is a much-needed update for Continue reading

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#GFMD2014 government meeting: closing session live stream available


GFMD OpeningFor all of you who have been wondering what goes on during the government component of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD): Todays closing session will actually be streamed live. Do not expect major revelations or royal attendance as during the opening (see Picture) , but it should be interesting nonetheless since it includes reports of the three Roundtables and the Special sessions as well as an Outlook beyond Sweden. Information I am hoping for includes the Dates for the Turkey Meeting (presumably late 2015) and maybe even information of the 2016 Chair. The latest rumour I heard of claims that the chair will be Continue reading

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