How many international #migrants, how many #refugees? It’s (not that) complicated…


..but how many forced migrants? That’s more complicated. There are 2 numbers everybody has in mind when talking about migrants and refugees: 244 million international migrants, and 65 million refugees and other “forcibly displaced persons”. But how do these numbers relate to each other, how do they overlap? That seems to be the source of confusion, as demonstrated by some ambiguity in the New York declaration and even outright mistakes (now corrected by removing all the numbers) in two recent official GFMD documents (i.e. the 2017 concept paper). In this post, written with Evalyn Tennant, Project Development Coordinator of the Global Coalition on Migration, we try to clarify these numbers: Continue reading

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Berlin #GFMD is taking shape – agenda, scheduling, application process


gfmd-germany-moroccoDetails are emerging on the upcoming Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) which will take place in just a little over four months in Berlin. For the first time, the Civil Society Days will start one day after the government meeting (June 28-30) and run from 29 June until 1 July . On Friday, 30 June the common space between government and civil society representatives will take place at the German Federal Foreign Office. The location for the Civil Society Days is still being discussed – and the same goes for the selection mechanism of delegates. More clarity has been reached on the central issues: Germany, who co-chairs the forum with Morocco, wants to focus on a “Global Social Contract on Migration and Development” and on strengthening the business mechanism within the Forum. But why is the Forum taking place so shortly after the 2017 GFMD in Dhaka, Bangladesh? Continue reading

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2017 #GFMD in Germany: Deutschsprachige Beiträge zu #Migration, #Entwicklung und #Demokratie


gfmd-brot-fur-die-welt(With this years’ GFMD taking place in Berlin, I have compiled some of my German language ressources). Im Vergleich zur globalen Debatte wird der Zusammenhang von Migration und Entwicklung in Deutschland eher selten diskutiert.Diese Beobachtung gilt auch für globale Prozesse, Institutionen und Konventionen. Anlässlich des Globalen Forums für Migration und Entwicklung (GFMD), das vom 28. bis 30. Juni 2017 in Berlin stattfinden wird,  habe ich einige deutschsprachige Beiträge zum Thema zusammengestellt: Continue reading

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Today is #InternationalMigrantsDay : Compact instead of Convention? A Collection of #MigrantsDay ressources


gfmd-global-compactToday is International Migrants Day, marking the 26th 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. Since last year there has only been one additional ratification, bringing the total number up to a mere 49, still with no ratification by a major receiving country in sight. With the deliberations on the planned “global compact on safe, orderly and regular migration” dominating the agenda, this seems unlikely to change. At the recent GFMD in Bangladesh, the Head of the UN delegation Pierre Mayaduon made it very explicitly clear that the EU does and will not support the declaration and sees no need for it…

NOTE: I am shocked by the many hateful messages that are using the #migrantsday hashtag this year, in particular from the US – we have our work cut out for us in the age of Trump…

As in the past years, I have compiled some resources and Statements surrounding International Migrants Day: Continue reading

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The #GFMD2016 – an assessment based around tweets


pga-2016-16Today is the closing day of the Global Forum on Migration and Development in Dhaka. This year I decided to report somewhat differently – in an assessment based around my tweets during the Event. This, I hope, captures the immediacy of my impressions, and still leaves room for more analysis in future blog posts. You can find the Story here: Continue reading

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Impressions from the 2016 PGA in Dhaka


pga-2016-19This years’ People’s Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Right took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh. There was no WIFI available at the venue, so I am lacking behind in blogging about the Content; until I will be able to catch up, find below some pictures I took during the Event: Continue reading

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3rd European #Migration Forum – Application process has started


European Migration Forum logo A “Call for Expressions of Interest” for the 3rd meeting of the European Migration Forum has been released. The forum will take place in Brussels, 2-3 March 2017, with the theme “Migrants’ access to the EU, to rights and to services: Challenges and ways forward”. Deadline for application is 12 December 2016. You can apply here: Continue reading

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