Finally, the dates for the 6th World Social Forum on Migrations (WSFM) have been announced: It will take place from the 5th until the 8th December 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The last two WSFMs have marked the first meetings in Latin America (Quito, Ecuador, 2010) and Asia (Manila, Philippines, 2012). Now, this year will see the first gathering of the event in Africa. Fittingly, the overall theme of the WSFM has been chosen to be “Migration in the Heart of our Humanity: Rethinking Mobility, Development & Globalisation”. No further specifics have been announced so far, but the WSFM is sure to raise significant interest for several reasons:
– It will very likely mark the first major gathering of migrant civil society after the 2013 United Nations High-Level Dialogue on Migration in New York in 2013 and the upcoming Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in May 2014 in Stockholm (there are apparently plans for a parallel event in Sweden; I will gather more Information on that for my next post)
– In recent years, regional networking of Migrants Rights’ organisations has made ma´jor progress in Africa; among those networks is The Pan African Network in Defense of Migrants Rights (PANiDMR) who will very likely play a significant part in the Organisation of the WSFM
– as a small indicator, the announcement of the WSFM in South Africa has turned out to be the most popular entry of my blog so far and by far, and I am frequently contacted regarding further Information about the event. Now I can at least provide you with the date – more info to come!