The #GFMD2016 – an assessment based around tweets

pga-2016-16Today is the closing day of the Global Forum on Migration and Development in Dhaka. This year I decided to report somewhat differently – in an assessment based around my tweets during the Event. This, I hope, captures the immediacy of my impressions, and still leaves room for more analysis in future blog posts. You can find the Story here: Continue reading

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Impressions from the 2016 PGA in Dhaka

pga-2016-19This years’ People’s Global Action on Migration, Development and Human Right took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh. There was no WIFI available at the venue, so I am lacking behind in blogging about the Content; until I will be able to catch up, find below some pictures I took during the Event: Continue reading

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3rd European #Migration Forum – Application process has started

European Migration Forum logo A “Call for Expressions of Interest” for the 3rd meeting of the European Migration Forum has been released. The forum will take place in Brussels, 2-3 March 2017, with the theme “Migrants’ access to the EU, to rights and to services: Challenges and ways forward”. Deadline for application is 12 December 2016. You can apply here: Continue reading

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GFMD 2016 Bangladesh Outlook: Official, Parallel and Counter-Events

gfmd_logo_m0dIn less than six weeks from now, the 9th Global Forum on Migration and Development will take place in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This will mark the first major global gathering on the issue after the UN summit on migrants and refugees took place in September this year. As has become the norm, the occasion of this meeting will be used to create space for a myriad of parallel- and counter-events. In this post, I have compiled an overview of the events to come: Continue reading

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IOM will join UN System today – but without any rights-based mandate #UN4RefugeesMigrants

iom-logoAt todays UN High-Level Plenary meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants in New York, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) will become a “related organization” of the United Nations. This begs the obvious question: What difference will it make? The answer seems to be: Foremost an official “seat at the table” for the organization – but, at least in the medium-term, no obvious move towards a clear rights-based mandate comparable to organizations which are full members of the United Nations system. The IOM council has stated so itself, by stressing that theirs is a “non-normative organization” – a term well worth pondering upon… Actually, scholars have identified a number of norms underlying the IOM such as Continue reading

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Migration and Democracy / Democratization: Publications, Website, Facebook-Group

Lexington Cover foto.JPG I have collected an overview of my publications on migration and democracy / democratization on a dedicated website and have created a corresponding facebook group. Please let me know if you have published something related to this topic and I will gladly share it on these sites! My most recent article on the topic is the book chapter ““Democracy on the Move? The Potential Link Between Circular Migration and Democratization.”

Here are the links:


Facebook-Group – please join!

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Guest Contribution: Reports from the #WSFM / # FSMM in São Paulo


rodrigo_profileEarlier this month, the 7th edition of the World Social Forum of Migration (WSFM) took place in São Paulo. I was not able to attend, but award-winning blogger Rodrigo Borges Delfim has closely followed the process. The founder of the Portuguese-language blog MigraMundo has shared his impressions and kindly provided an English translation – You can find four of his reports below: Continue reading

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