Tag Archives: Philippines

(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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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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PGA and common space taking shape – no news about IAMR…


The last of this year’s GFMD thematic meetings has just been held (a workshop on migration profiles in Manila), and it is less than a month from now that the “concluding debate” will take place in Geneva. With the program … Continue reading

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On a song and a prayer: Churches meeting with migrants


What is globalization? Maybe entering an unassuming but beautiful, tucked away house in Colonia del Valle, Mexico D.F.,  and immediately running into several activists and researchers one knows from stays in the Philippines and Hong Kong, is part of it…

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Convention time pt. 2 – mixed birthday blessings for the UN Migrant Workers Convention (MWC)


The good news first:  The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (MCW) has managed to receive its 44th ratification on October 29 this year. The not exactly bad but definitely … Continue reading

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You’ve come a long way, PGA…


I have not been to the first two Peoples Global Action meetings in New York (High-Level Dialogue 2006) and Brussels (1st GFMD in 2007). But Ellene Sana has. And, as the Executive Director of the Center for Migrant Advocacy Philippines … Continue reading

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An event without a Wikipedia entry… a short background on the GFMD


When googling for the GFMD, you are quite likely to end up on a page covering the Global Forum on Media (!)  Development. That is somewhat surprising, considering that at the previous meetings, representatives of up to 180 countries have … Continue reading

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