Global #migration and #refugee governance outlook 2016


GFMD Bangladesh“2016 has well become THE migrant year”, stated Peter Sutherland, UN Secretary Generals’ Special Representative for International Migration, in a recent webinar. Obviously, migration has been brought to the top of the international agenda for some time now, but this year will see a number of high-level events addressing the issue. This post will provide an overview – without neglecting the agency of migrants and their organizations themselves and their upcoming events. Continue reading

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On International #MigrantsDay : No progress on UN Convention, #IamaMigrant Candlelight Vigil


migrants day 2015 candlelight IOMToday is International Migrants Day, marking the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the “International Convention on the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families” by the General Assembly of the United Nations. But even with major campaigns initated by migrant civil society, the year leading up to the anniversary has seen only one further ratification by Madagascar. This brings the total number of parties to a mere 48, with no major receiving country in sight. As in the past years, I have compiled some resources and activities surrounding International Migrants Day: Continue reading

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#European #Migration Forum 2016: Call for applications open


European Migration Forum logoThe European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) have launched the call for applications to participate in the 2nd meeting of the European Migration Forum, which will take place on 6-7 April 2016 in Brussels. The goal of the forum is to serve as “platform for dialogue between civil society and the European institutions on issues relating to migration, asylum and the integration of third-country nationals”. The first meeting under this name was held in January 2015, but it is not a completely new process, but rather Continue reading

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The Outlaw Ocean: Reports on modern-day #slavery at sea


sea slavery 4 New York Times Reporter Ian Urbina has contacted me to bring attention to his investigative research on the work of seafarers globally and the human rights and labor abuses they face on the high seas. As recent reports in particular from Southeast Asia have highlighted, many of these victims of abuse are migrant workers. The series of reports by Urbina runs under the title “The Outlaw Ocean” and can be found at the links below: Continue reading

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Turkish GFMD Civil Society Days start today: livestream available #GFMDCSD


Today marks the start of the Civil Society Days of the Turkish Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). For those of you who could not come to Istanbul, live streams of the opening and closening plenary sessions are available. Here are the links: Continue reading

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Germany & Morocco to host #GFMD in 2017/18 in Tandem #PGA2015 #GFMDCSD


German flag Morocco flagThere has been no official announcement yet, but since several sources have confirmed it to me, I can confidently report that Germany & Morocco plan to host the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in 2017 and 2018. This is the first time the Forum will be hosted in tandem by a primarily receiving country, Germany, and a long-standing emigration country, Morocco, which has also increasingly become a country of transit. This might also affect the further roadmap of the process, since Continue reading

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Program is out for the People’s Global Action on Migration, Development & Human Rights (#PGA) in Istanbul


PGA logo2The program for the upcoming 9th People’s Global Action on Migration, Development & Human Rights (PGA) in Istanbul has been announced today. The gathering will be a one-day-event taking place on Sunday, 11 October 2015 – right day before the start of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). Unlike previous PGAs, which brought together a wide range of workshops, this seems to be rather a stock-taking and strategy meeting aimed at delegates for the GFMD Civil Society Days, although as an inclusive process it remains open to everybody interested. The goal is to „develop a common understanding, analysis and messages“ on issues such as Continue reading

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