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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GFMD 2016 Bangladesh Outlook: Official, Parallel and Counter-Events


gfmd_logo_m0dIn less than six weeks from now, the 9th Global Forum on Migration and Development will take place in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This will mark the first major global gathering on the issue after the UN summit on migrants and refugees took place in September this year. As has become the norm, the occasion of this meeting will be used to create space for a myriad of parallel- and counter-events. In this post, I have compiled an overview of the events to come: Continue reading

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IOM will join UN System today – but without any rights-based mandate #UN4RefugeesMigrants


iom-logoAt todays UN High-Level Plenary meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants in New York, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) will become a “related organization” of the United Nations. This begs the obvious question: What difference will it make? The answer seems to be: Foremost an official “seat at the table” for the organization – but, at least in the medium-term, no obvious move towards a clear rights-based mandate comparable to organizations which are full members of the United Nations system. The IOM council has stated so itself, by stressing that theirs is a “non-normative organization” – a term well worth pondering upon… Actually, scholars have identified a number of norms underlying the IOM such as Continue reading

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