Out now: articles on #ASEAN, civil society, #migration and “alternative regionalism”

AYF 2014 StefanThis blog concerns itself predominantly with the global governance of migration (or lack thereof), but if such a regime is to evolve, it needs to rest on some solid foundation. Besides the transnational level, the regional level seems to be particular relevant for migrants rights activism. But apart from the EU and the debate about its “democratic deficit” there is actually fairly little research on civil society participation in regional organisations. Of course, civil society does not necessarily need a state-led framework to voice its agenda – it can create political spaces through “alternative regionalism from below”. These are some of the themes I discuss in the following articles, with particular emphasis on ASEAN: Continue reading

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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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