Tag Archives: Geneva

Q & A with Peter Sutherland: “Bringing GFMD into UN would kill it”


It was certainly not due to lack of asking. At a video-link session with the UN Special Representative for Migration Peter Sutherland, civil society representatives repeatedly questioned him about the chances of bringing the migration issue into the UN process. … Continue reading

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Counter-GFMD protest at „The Chair“


Thursday late afternoon, the International Migrants’ Alliance (IMA) organized a counter-GFMD protest in front of “The Chair” at the Palais des Nations. Migrants living in Switzerland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy opposed the GFMD agenda and called for the … Continue reading

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UN Rapporteur: Irregular Migration is not a crime


The plight of irregular migrants features fairly prominently on the agenda of this year’s GFMD. In three events on the issue, the recently appointed UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, François Crépeau , made it clear that … Continue reading

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(Almost) in time: My IM article on the Mexican GFMD is online


If you came to this page because I linked the blog in my article, this is obviously old news to you – otherwise, may I point out my article on the Mexican GFMD which will appear in the upcoming issue of … Continue reading

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Let’s come together – joint PGA and GFMD events


Colin Rajah, organizers of this year’s People’s Global Action (PGA) called it a landmark moment:For the first time, there are joint events that bring together PGA and GFMD delegates. It started with a cultural evening yesterday with performances you can … Continue reading

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Opening of the Civil Society Days – what difference will they make?


The Opening Ceremony of the Civil Society Days (CSD) of the 5th GFMD has just come to a close. 186 civil society delegates, among them 73 migrants, will debate for two and a half days among themselves and with government … Continue reading

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No IAMR, but IMA – a counter-event to the GFMD in Geneva


Plenty of acronyms, I know, but what this means, is: Unlike the last 3 years, this coming week in Geneva no International Assembly of Migrants and Refugees (IAMR) will be held during the GFMD. Instead, the International Migrants’ Alliance (IMA) will … Continue reading

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