Summer Institute on Migration (SIM) will run from May 7 to 12, 2012 at Miriam College, Philippines.
SIM provides a critical overview of migration processes, dynamics and challenges of migration in the context of a globalized world. The course utilizes interactive and case study in understanding the complex dimensions of migration. Topics include gender analysis of migration; comparative migration policies; migration and human rights; key issues and challenges for the Global Forum on Migration and Development; marriage migration; migration and the Arab spring; migration and environmental crises; social cost of migration; role of recruiting agencies in safe migration, etc.
Author: Gulia Sinatti, African Diaspora Policy Centre
Date: Summer 2010
This discussion paper focuses on the engagement of diasporas in peacebuilding processes in their countries of origin. The main argument put forward in this paper is that, given certain conditions, diasporas carry a potential to fruitfully engage in the field of peacebuilding.
Family life is a right for migrants too – how to ensure it?
Is there a need to change the EU rules on family reunification of migrants? Today, the Commission launched a public debate on the right to family reunification of third-country nationals living in the EU. Depending on
the outcome of the consultation, the Commission will decide whether any policy follow-up is necessary – such as setting up clear guidelines, modifying the current rules or leaving the legislation as it is. Stakeholders and the general public are invited to have their say at :
“Galli Galli Sim Sim” Project
The initiative combines community radio with mobile phones to expand access to quality educational experiences for children, particularly children of migrant populations that reside in Gurgaon, a suburb of New Delhi.
Day of General Discussion (DGD) on Undocumented Migrant Workers on 19 September 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland.
The DGD is a public meeting intended to foster a deeper understanding of the contents and implications of the Convention as they relate to specific articles or topics. Representatives of governments, UN bodies and specialized agencies, civil society organizations, national human rights institutions as well as individual experts are welcome to participate. The DGD is designed to enable participants to exchange views on this topic in a frank and open dialogue. Discussions raised may serve as general comments that the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (CMW) can adopt as formal interpretations of the content of the Convention.
This is a significant development in the international protections for the rights of all migrants, regardless of status. Migrants Rights International (MRI) strongly encourages all civil society groups to attend the DGD in Geneva on 19 September, if possible. It will be very important to highlight all the various areas where undocumented migrant workers’ right are being violated and how to promote better inter-governmental response within the framework of the Convention.
For those who are unable to attend the DGD, MRI encourages you to send in statements in support of the DGD, and to call attention to any particular issue or topic related to undocumented migrant workers that needs to be addressed and heard by the CMW during the DGD. Please send these statements in Word document format, not more than 2 pages (please do NOT send papers or other reference documents) and feel free to put it on your organization’s letterhead. Forward these to MRI (firstname.lastname@example.org). MRI will compile all of these and submit to the CMW during the DGD on 19 September.
Las migraciones constituyen uno de los principales factores de transformaciones sociales y políticas de nuestra época. España está en constante proceso de constitución de una sociedad caracterizada por el pluralismo cultural. El hecho migratorio internacional se hace patente en la vida cotidiana de los municipios del país. Para una buena gestión de la diversidad es preciso diseñar y desarrollar políticas de socialización basadas en prácticas de pluralismo y civismo, que partan del interés y de la necesidad por definir una cultura pública común entre todos los ciudadanos y ciudadanas. Las políticas de gestión de la diversidad se deben basar en los principios democráticos de justicia y derechos humanos
Teniendo en cuenta estos datos y premisas, la Fundación Bertelsmann ha iniciado en 2010 el proyecto Eres joven, ¡triunfarás!, inspirado en el concurso “Alle Kids Sind VIPS” (All Kids Are VIPS) puesto en marcha por la Bertelsmann Stiftung en el año 2008 en Alemania. El projecto pretende fomentar la integración de los alumnos de origen extranjero, concienciar sobre la importancia de la integración entre los y las jóvenes así como en el resto de la sociedad e trabajar para conseguir igualdad de oportunidades en el ámbito educativo, otorgando una gran importancia a aquellas acciones que desde la sociedad civil fomentan iniciativas integradoras transferibles y originales, que colaboran de esta forma a cohesionar más nuestras comunidades.
El premio del concurso consiste en la visita de uno de los embajadores (Bojan, Chenoa, Sergio Alcover and El Chojin) al centro ganador. Los embajadores son personas famosas con raíces inmigrantes que han dado su apoyo desinteresado al proyecto. Con su imagen se pretende dar una visión positiva de la diversidad cultural y animar a los jóvenes a participar en el concurso mediante un premio innovador y que puedan disfrutar directamente los alumnos
Objetivos del proyecto:
- Sensibilizar y fomentar la participación de los niños y jóvenes proyectos de integración de personas con origen inmigrante.
- Recoger, difundir y dar a conocer experiencias de integración en centros educativos recogidas durante el concurso para fomentar su replicabilidad.
- Sensibilizar a profesores, padres y tutores, tanto autóctonos como de origen inmigrante sobre la importancia de la integración y la diversidad cultural.
- Difundir los resultados del concurso entre los decision makers políticos a través de Diálogo y Acción 2010.
- Proyectar una imagen positiva de las personas inmigrantes a través de los embajadores y las actividades relacionadas paralelas.
Barcelona, Catalunya, España
Campo de acción:
Anti-discrimination, Crisis and conflicts management , Culture and diversity, Education, Empowerment, Youth , management of cultural diversity
Tipo de organización:
Nombre de la organización:
Información de contacto:
Persona de contacto:
+34 93 268 72 37
Otros organismos involucrados en esta práctica:
– Ministerio de Educación, Gobierno de España
– Fundación Europea Sociedad y Educación, Madrid
– Observatorio del Tercer Sector, Barcelona
– UNESCOCAT, Barcelona
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Building an Inclusive Society: a Conversation between Roger Cohen and Tariq Ramadan is broadcast live on Dec. 20 (2h – 3h30 pm) from St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in London, UK.
Polarized debates around migration, national identities and integration of Muslims in today’s society are increasing in Europe and North America.
Roger Cohen and Tariq Ramadan discuss the reasons immigration is perceived as negatively affecting coexistence in Europe, and why Islam is often depicted as incompatible with Western values.
Are there ways to better acknowledge European and American Muslims’ contributions to their societies?
What role do Muslims in the West can have in supporting the integration of recent Muslim immigrants?
New report released by the Migration Policy Institute’s “Migrants, Migration, and Development Program”
The report, Heritage Tourism and Nostalgia Trade: A Diaspora Niche in the Development Landscape, is the result of a study conducted by MPI’s Kathleen Newland and Carylanna Taylor in cooperation with the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The report analyses diasporas’ role in promoting trade and tourism in their countries of origin.
This report is the fourth in an ongoing series on studies on the role that diasporas play in development of their country of origin. In the coming months, MPI will release new studies about the links between diasporas and entrepreneurship and between diasporas and advocacy and diplomacy.
Sports Without Borders
Sports Without Borders is a not for profit organisation which is dedicated to providing support for young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds who are involved or want to get involved in sport.
Sport has played a vital role in multicultural Australia, empowering many newly-arrived Australians to develop an identity and sense of active belonging. Sports Without Borders will foster this process by providing funding and services to young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
The Sports Without Borders Foundation aims to foster accessible, multilingual resources and services, (more) funding pathways, direct financial support, training/mentorship programs and sponsorship contacts to refugee and migrant communities by:
- Developing an understanding of particular barriers to participation in sport experienced by refugee youth in Australian society;
- Developing and implementing innovative platforms and initiatives to help overcome those barriers by highlighting the messages and opportunities arising through sport;
- Developing linkages, associations and agreements with public, private and community organisations and funding bodies to increase support for these objectives;
- Raising community awareness of issues relevant to the activities of the Foundation;
- Pursuing associated educational and research activities and opportunities;
- Providing support for and opportunities to students and academics studying and working in fields conducive to the attainment of these objectives.
- Creating, publishing and disseminating information in connection with these objectives;
- Soliciting grants, donations, gifts and bequests to the Foundation for the purpose of achieving the objectives.
Anti-discrimination, Community building, Education, Empowerment, Ethnicity, Refugees and asylum seekers, Youth,
Name of Organization:
Sports Without Borders
1/185 Faraday Street, Carlton South, Melbourne,
VIC, 3053 Australia
Phone: 9349 2729
Other stakeholders involved in this practice:
Victorian Multicultural Commission
Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development
Australian Multicultural Foundation
The Ilminster-based charity Glade (UK) is running a project that aims to educate teenagers about global issues with the use of media and visual arts.
Since May 2010, the group of youth has interviewed people from Poland, Afghanistan, Angola, Botswana and Sudan. They have asked the interviewees to share their experiences of what life was like in their homeland and how this compares to Somerset. This is a way to celebrate diversity and in doing so combat racism and negative attitudes to immigrants.
To join the group, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more here
A poll conducted by the British Council Scotland shows that two-thirds (65%) of respondents has a favourable opinion towards Muslims. A majority also thinks that Muslims living in Scotland are loyal to the country. Most of the respondents, both Muslims and non-Muslims, felt the process of integrating was easier in Scotland than England. Three factors contribute to this perception: smaller number of Muslim migrants, less fear of terrorism and the particular features of Scottish people.
Read more here
The Australian network SBS renews its commitment to ethnic communities. The board members of the multicultural and multilingual network “have attended a round of private dinners with ethnic community leaders in several states to garner their views on directions for the network.” This attention to communities’ needs contributes to their integration and reflects the diversity of Australia.
Read more here
The workshop “Migration and Transnationalism: Opportunities and Challenges” focused on transnationalism as an analytical lens for the broad issue of migration and social change. It discussed the relationship between migration and transnationalism and the implications of transnational phenomena and practices for migrants and society, concentrating on the possible responses by policymakers.
Read about the workshop here
Programme “Mentorat Emploi Migration”
The MEM aims to promote the contribution of migrants to the host society as to the professional competencies they bring, helping them to integrate themselves in their field of competences. The programme addresses extra-European migrants with professional qualifications (experience and/or education terminated) of all fields. It was launched Feb. 2010 as a « pilote project » for 3 years in two Swiss cantons : Vaud and Geneva. It gets mainly public financial support (Federal office for migration, 2 cantonal officies for integration of migrants), as well as some additional private support (private foundations).
As a mentoring programme, the MEM offers a personalized coaching by a professional working in a specific field to a migrant belonging to the same field of work. The intercommunication allows the migrant to gain information about local employment market in his/her profession/branch a more realistic and efficient orientation (contacts, recognition of diplomas or experience, search for additional courses, identification of possible employers, existing rules specific to the field of work?).
It’s a voluntary activity for the mentor, and free of charge for the migrants. The futur mentors get a short introductive course (1 evening). The communication and meetings between mentor and mentee are organized on a free base. Time evaluated for the mentor : 4-5h per month. Length of the mentoring process : maximum one year.
Cantons of Vaud and Geneva, Switzerland
Anti-discrimination, Community building, Culture and diversity, Employment, Empowerment, Equal access, Intercultural outreach, Refugees and asylum seekers, Work
Name of Organization:
Bd de Grancy 17bis, CP 536
1001 Lausanne, Switzerland
Phone: +41 21 613 44 58 (direct) and +41 21 613 40 70
Other stakeholders involved in this practice:
Other organization such as: social services (incl. refugees), employment public offices, integration organizations, refer migrants to the MEM.
The MEM beneftis from public financing (integration offices and Federal office for migration) as well as additional private fundings (fundations).