Out Now: Assessments of the #GFMD and the Global Compact #ForMigration – which road from Marrakesh?

Migration, Civil Society and Global GovernanceMore than half a year has passed since the Global Compact on safe, orderly and regular migration has been agreed upon at the end of 2018 in Morocco and New York. Talks about the implementation and monitoring of the compact and the role civil society can play in all of this are still ongoing. Here are some publications that take the reader along the road to and from Marrakesh: what processes led to the development of the compact, what was the role of the GFMD in particular and what invited and invented spaces could civil society use to bring the voices of migrants into these deliberations? At least some of these publications are open access already: Continue reading

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Reportage from the first Youth Forum in Marrakech #Youth4Migration

youth forum logoMigrant and refugee youth voices must be heard and taken seriously: That was one of the central messages of the inaugural Youth Forum held in in Marrakech last December. The event was part of the “migration week” and took place between the GFMD and UN Conference on the Global Compact for Migration. So Young Chang participated in the Forum and thankfully agreed to share her observations in this blogpost: Continue reading

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Mayors Mechanism will become part of the #GFMD this year – Thouez: “bolsters position of GFMD in supporting implementation of Global Compact #ForMigration “

mayoral forum 1The Mayors Mechanism (MM) will become a process within the structure of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), starting with the Ecuador chairmanship and summit this year. This is a direct result of the 5th Mayoral Forum on Human Mobility, Migration and Development, held in the “migration week” in Marrakesh last November. I was able to participate in the event and conduct a follow-up interview with Dr. Colleen Thouez, Director of the Welcoming and Integrated Societies Division of the Open Society Foundations. For her, the new cooperation brings many mutual benefits: “Local governments’ input bolsters the position of the GFMD in the context of GCM implementation and follow-up as an all-inclusive venue for dialogue and as a platform to mobilize partners for implementation.”. Red the full interview here: Continue reading

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Interview: Bedeutung und Auswirkungen des #Migrationspakt – und wie geht es weiter?

Rother Marrakech editDie internationale Gemeinschaft hat am 11. Dezember mit großer Mehrheit den Globalen Pakt für sichere, geordnete und reguläre Migration angenommen. Brot für die Welt hat mit mir ein Interview über die Bedeutung des Pakts, regionale Prozesse, Auswirkungen für Deutschland und meine Einschätzungen zur zukünftigen Umsetzung geführt, das ich hier gerne teile:

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Auf gut Deutsch: Meine Beiträge zum #Migrationspakt


Pässe Migrationspakt.jpgMigration wird am Besten global verhandelt – deshalb ist dieses Blog in der Regel auf Englisch gehalten. Da die Debatte zum Migrationspakt aber mittlerweile auch in Deutschland an Fahrt aufgenommen hat, stelle ich in diesem Blogpost eine Auswahl meiner Beiträge auf Deutsch zusammen (wird fortlaufend aktualisiert).

Egal wie man zum Migrationspakt steht, sollte die Diskussion evidenzbasiert erfolgen. Nachdem das Thema in Deutschland lange ignoriert wurde, stellen viele Medien mittlerweile auch Hintergrundinformationen zur Verfügung (Auch wenn so ziemliche sämtliche Beiträge zum Migrationspakt mit Aufnahmen von Geflüchteten illustriert werden – warum nicht einmal eine philippinische Krankenpflegerin in Deutschland oder – ja, auch die gibt es – ArbeitsmigrantInnen mit heller Hautfarbe, z.B. aus Deutschland?). Hier sind die Links: Continue reading

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Interview on the Marrakesh PGA: “Equality of Rights for Everyone, Everywhere”

Foto2The People’s Global Action on Migration, Development & Human Rights (PGA) is a long-established Civil Society event that started in New York in 2007 and will take place for the 13th time this year in Marrakech – right after the GFMD and before the Intergovernmental Conference to adopt the Global Compact for Migration. How does the PGA relate to these events, what is this years’ main agenda, what are the envisioned outcomes? These are some of the questions I asked Felix Braunsdorf from the German Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES),  which supports progressive coices in gathering such as the PGA (and hosted the 2017 Meeting in Berlin):. Continue reading

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Updates on Marrakesh #ForMigration Week(s)– events, themes, locations… #GFMD

(s)GFMD 2018 logoGlobalCompactA full calendar is awaiting everybody that will come to Marrakech for the migration week(s) starting on December 1 and ending December 11. I have compiled an updated list of the major invents which you can find below. Besides the participation of the “usual suspects”, for this year I expect a much higher public/media interest than during previous gatherings such as the GFMD. This is in large parts due to the right-wing disinformation campaign against the Global Compact spreading across Europe in particular. While the motivation might be dubious, the increased attention could nonetheless provide stakeholders with the opportunity to reach a larger audience for their causes and advocacy…

Here is the latest schedule: Continue reading

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