The fifth GFMD will start next Tuesday, November 29, in Geneva, but as in previous years there are several pre- and side-events happening. One of them is organized by the newly formed Global Migration Policy Associates (GMPA). Their launch event, the “Global Migration Policy Symposium”, is held Monday afternoon and addresses
two main issues: The first sessions is titled GLOBALIZED LABOUR MOBILITY ToDAY AND TOMORROW: CHALLENGES, RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES and deals with global and regional issues and trends as well as future challenges. Among the issues addressed are xenophobia, irregular migration, governance challenges, issues and instruments.
The second session is called LABOUR CIRCULATION VS CIRCULAR MIGRATION: ENABLING OR CANCELLING THE BENEFITS OF MOBILITY? and deals with the questions Migration is matching whom to what? What mechanisms link labour and capital in globalized conditions? What are needs of employers today and tomorrow: competencies, skills levels, engagement periods? What rights and standards apply for seasonal/temporary migrants?
Several high-profile speakers provide 5 minute issue briefs, which should leave ample room for discussions.
The event also serves as an introduction for the Global Migration Policy Associates (GMPA) as “a new global expert research, policy development, advisory and advocacy body”. It constitutes a network of experts on a variety of migration issues from around the world working on the promotion of a rights-based approach to migration policy making. The network was set up in October by Patrick Taran, Piyasiri Wickramasekara (both formerly ILO Senior Migration Specialists), my colleague Nicola Piper (Senior Researcher at ABI, consultant to UNRISD) and Abdelhamid El Jamri (Chairman of the Migrant Committee, OHCHR).”
The event is open to everybody interested. It will take place on November 28, 2011, 13h30 to 16h30, at the Ecumenical Center, 150 route de Ferney, Geneva