Interview on the #GFMD in Sweden: “Limited civil society participation a huge missed opportunity for governments”


Credit Enrico Para Camera dei DeputatiIt is less than a month until the 7th Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) will take place in Stockholm, Sweden. As reported on this blog, Amnesty International (AI) and the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) have initiated a joint civil society letter to the Swedish Chair of GFMD, asking to increase the interaction between governments and civil society. I asked Francesca Pizzutelli, Researcher and Advisor in the AI Refugees and Migrants’ Rights Team about the motivation for the letter, the responses so far and the structural deficits of the current institutional framework for governing international migration. Continue reading

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ASEAN Youth Forum (#AYF 2014) in support of migrant rights


AYF 2014 logoThe ASEAN Youth Forum (AYF 2014) has concluded its 6th Meeting in Yangon, Myanmar, with a statement that includes a strong Support for the Rights of migrants, in particular addressing the Situation of youth in Migration. This is of high significance in a Region that includes countries like Cambodia where around 40 percent of the populations is less than 20 years old and especially vulnerable when forced into Migration by economic or other circumstances. The Yangon Declaration calls for

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#GFMD 2014: Civil Society calls for “meaningful participation”


Amnesty International (AI) and the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) have proposed a joint civil society letter to the Swedish Chair of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), asking to increase the interaction between governments and civil society. The deadline for signing the letter in support is 14 March 2014, and will be sent the following week. The authors list 3 specific proposals that should help ensure the GFMD is conducted “in a transparent and open manner”: Continue reading

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#Migration Outlook 2014 Pt. II: People’s Global Action on Migration, Development & Human Rights #PGA


PGA logo2The dates have been announced for this year’s People’s Global Action on Migration, Development & Human Rights (PGA). The event will take place in Stockholm, Sweden,
on 9-11 May (Friday-Sunday) – and thus right before the 2014 Global Forum on Migration and Development (#GFMD). A good choice in my opinion, because this way delegates to the GFMD do not have to hop between the 2 events. The planned activities during the PGA will include Continue reading

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#Migration Outlook 2014 Pt. I: 6th World Social Forum on Migrations (#WSFM) in Johannesburg


WSFM BannerFinally, the dates for the 6th World Social Forum on Migrations (WSFM) have been announced: It will take place from the 5th until the 8th December 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The last two WSFMs have marked the first meetings in Latin America (Quito, Ecuador,  2010) and Asia (Manila, Philippines, 2012). Now, this year will see the first gathering of the event in Africa. Fittingly, the overall theme of the WSFM has been chosen to be Continue reading

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The #GFMD is back: Application starts for Civil Society Days and Online Discussion


GFMD-Sweden Logo-with-date-and-place-150-dpiThe application process for the 2014 civil society meeting of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in Sweden has started. After a one-year break – due to the United Nation meetings on migration in New York in 2013 – the Forum is not only back but has been expanded to a full five days from May 12-16 in Stockholm. In addition, an online discussion has been started in which Continue reading

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#IAmAMigrant – Today is International #MigrantsDay


1213-Migration-Graphic-1Today International Migrants Day is being commemorated for the 14th time. Sadly, it is the first time since 2002 that the NGO “December 18″ – named after the  day when the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the “International Convention on the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families” – is not providing documentation and reports through its website and radio service. Still, there is a lot going on today, so please find some links to statements/activities below (to be updated, so keep checking back – and feel free to suggest more links!) : Continue reading

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