FOR COMMENTS: Global Forum on Migration and Development Background Papers

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The annual Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) is now underway! The organizers, the Onassis Foundation, have invited us to share with you the background papers for the four roundtable discussions to be held at the GFMD Civil Society days. We will begin by sharing the background papers for the 1st Roundtable, focusing on how to make the migration-development nexus work for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

We are beginning with Roundtable 1 as it is closest to the focus of the M4D CoP. However, we will also be circulating the background papers to the other roundtables over the next two weeks in the run-up to the GFMD. These papers, written both by private sector and other civil society stakeholders, will form the initial basis of the roundtable discussions.

We would now like to open the floor for your comments on the papers from the Migrant and Development Community of Practice in order to add your voices to the discussions in Athens. Please also share examples from your work which illustrate the topics addresses by the papers.

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GFMD 1: How to make the M&D work for the MDGs

Please find below the background papers for your comments, beginning with the 1st Roundtable, focusing on how to make the migration-development nexus work for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. 

We are beginning with Roundtable 1 as it is closest to the focus of the M4D CoP.  However, we will also be circulating the background papers to the other roundtables over the next two weeks in the run-up to the GFMD.  These papers, written both by private sector and other civil society stakeholders, will form the initial basis of the roundtable discussions.

We would now like to open the floor for your comments on the papers from the Migrant and Development Community of Practice in order to add your voices to the discussions in Athens.  Please also share examples from your work which illustrate the topics addresses by the papers.

Roundtable 1: How to make the migration-development nexus work for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals

The aim of this roundtable is to explore the policies and practices that can make migration work for development in both sending and receiving countries. Three sets of topics will be discussed in this roundtable. The first issue concerns how the migration and development nexus can be made to work for development purposes.

In particular, Session 1.1 of this roundtable will discuss how to spread the benefits of migration more widely (source countries); which policies are better suited to strengthen and foster the sharing of the benefits of human development? (destination countries); how to ensure that migration policies are gender-sensitive (to women’s and men’s needs) (source and destination countries).

Session 1.2 will examine the role of diaspora and migration organizations in development policies and programmes, their constraints and their opportunities.

Session 1.3 will concentrate on the current economic crisis and its impact on migration and development. While the interests and needs of migrants need to become integrated into policy responses aimed at economic recovery (e.g., anti-protectionism measures, stimulation of international trade, need for capital and credit etc.), human mobility may be part of the solution, not the problem.

PAPERS:

Session 1.1:

- The need for a human-centred approach, Daniel Verger, Caritas France

- Putting migration in development strategies, Tasneem Siddiqui, University of Dhaka

 

Session 1.2:

- Engaging diasporas, Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie, AFFORD

- Engagement of African Diasporas, John O. Oucho, University of Warwick

          - Annex I: “Best Practices” of engagement of diasporas in development policies and programmes, John O. Oucho

 

Session 1.3:
- Migration and development linkages re-examined in the context of the global economic crisis, S. Irudaya Rajan, Centre for Development Studies, India

- Mobility and national development strategies, Jeni Klugman and Isabel Pereira, UNDP Human Development Report

 

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GFMD 2: Migrant integration, reintegration and circulation

We are very pleased to share with you the background papers for the 2nd Roundtable to be held at the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Civil Society days for your review and comments. Roundtable 2, which looks at Migrant integration, reintegration and circulation for development.  These papers, written both by private sector and other civil society stakeholders, form the initial basis of the roundtable discussions taking place in Athens this week.

We would now like to open the floor for your comments on these background papers in order to add your voices to the discussions in Athens.  We also welcome examples from your work which illustrate the topics addressed.

Roundtable 2: Migrant integration, reintegration and circulation for development

Both scholarly and policy debates of the last three decades have paid increasing attention to the question of immigrant integration, highlighting that integration is a mutual process, which requires efforts and adjustments both on the part of immigrants and their societies of settlement.

The aim of this Roundtable is to carry the academic and policy debate a step further by seeking to assess the development impact and potential of specific dimensions of migrant integration policies. Here, development is understood as human development encompassing economic, social and cultural aspects of people’s lives and activities. The different dimensions of integration affecting short term, circular and long term migrants will also be discussed. Special attention will be paid to gender issues.

Re-integration will be explored with particular emphasis on the extent and ways in which the lack of reintegration measures in source countries may negatively affect their development efforts and plans. The matching between circular migration and labour market shortages will also be discussed.

PAPERS:

Session 2.1 - Inclusion, protection and acceptance of migrants in society; linking human rights and migrant empowerment for development

- Undocumented, illegal, invaders or scientists, women and remitters, citizens of the world, Aída García Naranjo Morales, CEDAL, Peru

- Inclusion, protection and acceptance of migrants in society, Khalid Koser, Geneva Centre for Security Policy

Session 2.2 - Reintegration and circular migration—effective for development? 

- Reintegration and Circular Migration, Kathleen Newland and Aaron Terrazas, Migration Policy Institute, Washington, DC

- Circular migration-effective for development?, Ana Avendaño, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations

- Business for Social Responsibility, Chad Bolick & Nicolette Van Exel, BSR, San Francisco

 

Please send your comments to: m4d@groups.dev-nets.org, or click 'reply' to post them here.

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hello from richbone initiative foundation

My name is Isaac Twumasi Ampofo the Executive Director of Richbone Initiative Foundation an NGO based in Ghana and will like to add my comment or suggest on Migration problems we are facing in Ghana and Africa as a whole

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migration-development

I think the only way to reduce Migration and make Migration development works in to reduce poverty rate in the world. there should be more educational talks on the effect,causes, and solutions to Migration.

I think eradicating poverty from the system Expercially Africa and Asia will help go a long way