5th World Social Forum on Migration to be held in Manila

The next World Social Forum on Migration  (WSFM) will take place in Manila from November 26-30, 2012. This will mark the first time a World Social Forum takes place in an Asian country. The theme is “Rights, Mobility, Global Models: Looking for Alternatives”. The relationship between the WSFM and the GFMD will be of interest, since

the World Social Forum will be held one week after the GFMD summit in Mauritius (Government meeting: November 21-22, 2012). In 2010, the WSFM in Ecuador was held roughly a month before the GFMD in Mexico which provided civil society organisations with the opportunity to start formulating their agenda in a process leading up to the “official” event.

Of course, the migrant organisations don’t have to sync their schedule with government-led processes, but it will be interesting to see how the date will affect the “official” GFMD civil society days and especially the “semi-official” ones: Will there be enough resources to organise a People’s Global Action (PGA) meeting in Mauritius parallel to the GFMD, considering that one week later a major meeting in Manila is on the agenda?

The 2012 WSFM was originally planned to be held in South Korea, but judging from my experience during the GFMD parallel events in Manila in 2008 with their high levels of mobilisation, the Philippines can certainly be considered an almost ideal place for such an event.

More information can be found on the webiste of the event:




About Stefan Rother

Lecturer and Researcher at the Department of Political Science, University of Freiburg -- Freelance journalist -- You can find my CV at the links below:
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