A space for the exchange of co-development practices promoting migrants as citizens and actors of      development here and there.

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After Brussels (2007), Manila (2008), Athens (2009) and Puerto Vallarta (in 2010), the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) 2011 was held in Geneva under the auspices of the Government of Switzerland from 29 November to 2 December 2011 on the topic: "Taking Action on Labour Migration, Development and the Protection of Migrant Workers and their Families”. The first 2 days of the Forum were devoted to Civil Society Organizations (CSO) invited to discuss and make recommendations to the attention of States in a joint session on December 1. Have a look at the Statement of the 2011 Civil Society Days.

The GFMD’s Civil Society Days were organised by the International Catholic Commission on Migration (ICMC) on the theme of "protecting the rights of migrant workers and their families". They brought together 186 civil society’s representatives. 5 Eunomad’s member organisations were represented at the Civil Society Days and contributed to the drafting of the recommendations: ENDA Europe and GRDR (France), DCMO and ADPC (Netherlands) and AFFORD (UK). Have a look at the list of civil society delegates.

 

An exchange was organised by video conference with the Special Representative of the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations in charge of migration, Sir Peter Sutherland, on the future of the Forum and path to the high-level dialogue in 2013. Eunomad network, through the voice of its Advocacy Officer, Pascale Charhon, was chosen among the four CSO representatives to challenge the Special Representative. The delegates reiterated their desire to see the GFMD back under the auspices of the United Nations to give its recommendations more political weight. They also reaffirmed their commitment to working in partnership with governments throughout the whole year to prepare for the High-Level Dialogue 2013.

 

 

 

4 workshops were held during the two days:

 

 

 

  • “Rights-based Policy-making for the Benefit of Migrant Workers and Families”;
  • “Improving Protection of Migrants Working in Irregular Circumstances”;
  • “Re-imagining Labour Mobility”;
  • “Investing in Development Alternatives to Migration”.

 

 

 

Eunomad spoke for an approach to migration and development focusing on human rights

 

Pascale Charhon, Eunomad’s European Advocacy Officer, was asked to take the floor in the workshop on "Rights-based Policy-making for the Benefit of Migrant Workers and Families.

 

She stressed that there is strong there is a tension within the EU between a policy approach on labour migration which perceives migrants in purely economic terms  and an holistic approach which views them as settlers, actors, participants , residents and citizens in waiting. The EU has opted over the last decade for a policy approach concentrating on certain categories of migrants instead of a horizontal approach that would cover the conditions of admission of third country nationals seeking entry in the labour marker of the Member States. Pascale emphasized the need to give greater visibility to the contribution of migrants in host societies, especially in the integration process, that must also be included in discussions on the migration-development nexus part of the global approach. On behalf of the network Eunomad, Pascale has submitted the following recommendation in view of the High Level Dialogue of the United Nations on International Migration and Development in 2013: it is important that the EU institutions can work collaboratively with civil society representatives operating at EU level to actively contribute to the sound preparation of this major event and become a promoter of standard setting practices in the area of labour migration, mobility and development. A working group of CSO and the EU institutions could be set up to follow up on the recommendations of this forum.

 


 

 

 

 

Key points for Eunomad network

 

-European Advocacy, a cross-cutting political action of Eunomad network based on lessons learnt from field practices of its members must be strengthened in view of the UN high level dialogue on international migration and development in 2013. The 2011 GFMD recommendations could be incorporated into Eunomad advocacy work.

 

-Eunomad network must be the place for practices and training offers exchanges regarding advocacy skills of its members: Members are invited to share their needs and skills training in this field.

 

-A working group involving representatives of European institutions and civil society should be established to prepare a joint contribution to the forthcoming High Level Dialogue of the United Nations on Migration and Development