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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New Special Issue: “Migration, Civil Society and Global Governance” #ForMigration #GFMD


Globalizations CoverA Special Issue of the journal “Globalizations” has been published on the theme “Migration, Civil Society and Global Governance”. It was guest edited by my esteemed colleagues Carl-Ulrik Schierup, Branka Likić-Brborić, Raúl Delgado Wise & Gülay Toksöz and focusses specifically on “the positionality and capacity of civil society to influence the Global Forum for Migration and Development”. My own contribution is titled “Angry birds of passage – migrant rights networks and counter-hegemonic resistance to global migration discourses”. Several of the articles are open access and you can find them here: Continue reading

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Events and dates for the “migration week(s)” in Marrakech – #GFMD application has started #ForMigration


GFMD 2018 logoIn December, the “migration week(s)” will bring U.N. member states, international organizations, migrant civil society and other stakeholders to Marrakech, Morocco. The major “official” events will be the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) and the 11th Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), for which the application process has now started. But migrant civil society organisations will also organize their own parallel and counter-events. Once more, I have compiled an outlook to central events on migration governance from above as well as from below. Continue reading

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