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”.

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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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#GFMD2014 : Civil society unease over UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moons reference to “illegal (status of) migrants” #gfmd2014se


Banki 1From a migrant civil society perspective, there was a lot to like about the opening speech of UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon for the GFMD common space. For once, he was the first after 4 speakers who explicitly mentioned the rights of migrants. He also urged for the ratification of several central UN and ILO conventions. However, several civil society delegates voiced objections (at the GFMD venue and via social media) to his final sentence: Continue reading

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#PGA2014 goes Catwalk: Fashion vs. Human Trafficking #GFMD2014 (with gallery ;)


Fashion Trafficking 1#PGA2014 goes Catwalk: Fashion vs. Human Trafficking #GFMD2014 (with gallery J

The concept might have raised a few eyebrows beforehand, but the workshop and catwalk show on “The Role of Fashion in Shaping Migrant & Labour Rights” brought some serious issues into the, well, spotlight of the Peoples Global Action on Migration Development & Human Rights (PGA). Among those were Continue reading

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#PGA2014 workshop on migration and democracy: Claiming migrant voices through suffrage #GFMDCSD


suffrage 1There have been extensive debates on migration and development, but one central topic has often been neglected: democratic development and participation. A workshop on “Claiming our voices, claiming our right of suffrage” during the Peoples Global Action (PGA) in Stockholm was a first step to address this shortcoming. Maybe the most obvious result was that Continue reading

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