Today is International #DomesticWorkers Day – Campaign #OurHands launched

domestic workers day 2015Today marks the fourth anniversary of the adoption of the ILO Convention 189 on “Decent Work for Domestic Workers” (including migrant domestic workers) and since then June 16 is celebrated as International Domestic Workers Days.  After a slow start, the ILO Domestic Workers Convention has been ratified by 20 countries, with Chile being the newest ratification just one week ago. Other recent ratifications include the Dominican Republic, Belgium and Panama. Several events and campaigns marked the event; among the most recent campaigns is #OurHands which is Continue reading

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Out Now: Our Special Journal Issue on #Migration and #Democracy

Issue InformationA special theme of the journal “International Migration”, which I guest edited together with Nicola Piper, University of Sydney, has just been released. Its aim is to make an explicit link between migration and democracy or democratization which so far has been a fairly neglected field in research and even more so in policy debates. The contributions address issues such as migration, democracy and the Arab spring; citizenship rights; democratizing regional migration governance; and migration, precarization and the democratic deficit in Global Governance. The little attention democracy receives in recent debates on migration, in particular the ones on migration and development, is somewhat surprising, since Continue reading

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#GFMD 2015 Civil Society Days: Online application has started

2014-2015With surprisingly little fanfare, the online application process has started for the Civil Society Days component of this years’ Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). The deadline for applications is 16 June 2015. While this deadline has been extended more than once for past meetings, I would not recommend to count on it, in particular since usually only around a quarter of all applications are accepted. The Civil Society Days will be held in the same venue as the government Meeting , the Lütfi Kirdar – Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre on 12 – 13 October in Istanbul, Turkey, followed by an interface session with governments on October 14. The link to the application can be found here: Continue reading

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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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