Global #Migration Governance and Activism Outlook 2015


FSM TunisAnother year, another full calendar for policy makers and activists working on global migration governance alike. The major events in 2015 reach from the World Social Forum in Tunis to the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in Turkey and the “if and how” of inclusion of migration in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) will be discussed in several fora. Regional processes such as the new European Migration Forum are also part of the governance agenda. I have compiled a selection of events and themes, some of which I plan to attend and blog about: Continue reading

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#WSFM 2014 Wrap Up: Declaration released, Articles, Gallery


WSFM 2014 Day IV 8After the WSFM is before the WSFM… But while there has been no announcement yet about the host of the 2016 World Social Forum on Migrations, some reports have been released and the declaration from the event that took place 5th to 8th December 2014 in Johannesburg has been made available. Thus, I compiled some links, documents and Pictures: Continue reading

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On #InternationalMigrantsDay: New „Step It Up‘“ campaign to ratify UN convention launched


Step-it-up-logo_Final17Nov2014Today is International Migrants Day and migrants, NGOS and grassroots movements as well as international organisations commemorate 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”. This was on December 18 1990, meaning that the 25th anniversary is approaching next year. To quite literally “step up” the so far disappointing number of ratifications of the conventions, a new initiative has been started today: Continue reading

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From Apartheid to Mzansi Pride: #WSFM2014 Day 2 in pictures


WSFM 2014 Day II 7aThe second day of the World Social Forum on Migration (WSFM)in Jo’burg did certainly not lack in variation: A morning panel ranging from a fundamental Palestine critique of Israel and its politics to talks on evictions and integration in the labour market was followed by workshops and an afternoon visit to the Apartheid museum. There, visitors are randomly assigned their race/colour and are then separated at the entrance accordingly. Back on Constitution Hill, a somewhat similar separation could be observed at two Events held independently from the WSFM: some rich kids party (all white) and the LGBTI Festival Mzansi Pride (none white…) The evening was closed with Performances by “arts & culture champions”, selected by the African Delphic Council. Here are plenty of Pictures: Continue reading

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Hello Africa: #WSFM2014 opening in pictures


WSFM 2014 Opening 9It certainly wasn’t a smooth ride, but I can still say without hesitation that I considered the first day of the World Social Forum on Migration (WSFM) in Johannesburg a rewarding experience. On the first anniversary of the passing of Nelson Mandela, several speakers called upon the spirit of Ubuntu (humanity towards others) which they found missing in current migration policies – in particular the ones of the host country South Africa. A more detailed write-up will follow, but for now, here is a Picture Gallery of the excellent cultural performances during the opening day: Continue reading

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Interview on the #WSFM : “We want to start a new conversation about #African dynamics on #migration “


Aline Mugisho 2This week will see the 6th World Social Forum on Migrations (WSFM) coming to Africa: The organizers expect up to 3000 participants gathering in Johannesburg from 5th to 8th December 2014. However, in the past weeks updates on the event had been scarce and after the city of Johannesburg announced to pull out of the event on November 21, participants started getting concerned. In our interview, Aline Mugisho from the local organizing committee (LOC) talks about the challenges the organizers faced, how they tried to overcome and what participants can expect from the 4-day-event. Continue reading

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1st African World Social Forum on Migrations: final program available #WSFM


Manela WSFMThe final program for the World Social Forum on Migrations (WSFM) in Johannesburg has been released. Besides offering a multitude of workshops, plenary sessions etc. the program aims to “build bridges” in several regards. One of those bridges links to the history of the host country and its struggle against apartheid. Since December 5, the first day of the WSFM, also marks the first anniversary of the passing of Nelson Mandela, tribute will be paid by a Street parade through Braamfontein and Hillbrow to celebrate the legacy of the “Father of the Rainbow Nation”. Besides looking back, the organizers want to build bridges to the struggle of other communities, in particular, Continue reading

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