Global migration week in Stockholm: #PGA and #GFMD civil society programs online

PGA Cover-Page-EN-FINAL-212x300This Friday marks the start of 8 days of intensive discussions, networking – and maybe results? – on global migration and development in Stockholm. The 8th People’s Global Action on Migration, Development & Human Rights (PGA) will meet from 9 – 11 May under the heading “The Global Economy in Crisis: Bringing Migrants Rights to Development and Crisis Situations.” This will be followed by the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) which consists of Civil Society Days (12-13 May) with the theme “Shaping Migration & Development Goals: global movement, change on the ground” , followed by a “Common Space” ( 14 May) where governments and civil society interact and the government meeting (15-16 May). As usual, the final programs have been published just before the actual events:

There are many sessions I am looking forward to in the PGA, among them debates on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, “Detention Under Scrutiny”, “Building Knowledge, Building Power: Strategies to Eradicate Labour Recruitment Abuse” and an outlook to the World Social Forum on Migration in South Africa in December 2014.

The PGA program can be found here:

The Civil Society Days program is packed as well – it will be interesting to learn more about the new EU-sponsored migration and development civil society network MADE, many more discussions on migration and the MDGs and sessions such as “Improving migrant labour recruitment, placement and employment practices”.

Here is the GFMD Civil Society Days program:

In line with my research perspective (“Democratizing global institutions?”) I will pay close attention on how the common space turns out. Once more there seem to be far too many opening speeches. But at least they also include a report from the civil society days. The actual dialogue is supposed to take place in three breakout sessions – I might opt for the one on “Empowering migrants and communities for social inclusion and human development – partnering with states, local authorities and civil society”.

Have a look at the program (including the government days where I hope to be accredited in my capacity as a journalist) here:

Check out this blog in the next days for up-to-date reports and Pictures!




About Dr. Stefan Rother

Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute at the University of Freiburg -- Freelance journalist -- You can find my CV at the links below:
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