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,,Strengthening Alliances towards Social Justice, Migrants´ Rights and Solidarity in the EU´´
The Transnational Migrant Platform (TMP) is initiating a Europe-wide seminar in order to address the urgent need to leverage voices of migrant and refugee communities in Europe on issues and policies that directly affect them. It will take place from 23 th to 25 th September, in Amsterdam.
As migrant and refugee organizations, we have responded to the diverse national, European and global economic and political developments that are impacting heavily on the daily lives of migrant and refugee communities in Europe. We have been mobilising and organising our communities and intervening actively to reclaim the agenda of migration and development in a context of intensifying impoverishment, particularly in the global South. These responses are taking place within ongoing political conflicts compounded by protracted global economic crisis and a series of wars that have resulted in thousands of people making treacherous voyages across the Mediterranean and traversing across the Balkans to reach Europe. In this situation, undemocratic suspension of UN Conventions by EU member states has resulted in mounting human rights violations, detentions and deportations.
However there is a perceived need to co-ordinate better in order to strengthen effective policy intervention and advocacy as well as to link more effectively with movements and networks which are also working for social and economic justice and a more democratic Europe – free of racism and discrimination.
Purpose and goals of the Seminar
The overall purpose of the seminar is to strengthen and mobilise migrants and refugees movements, building on the achievements until now as well as developing new partnerships and common strategies through a cross-sectorial participation – outreaching to other networks – women, trade unions, food sovereignty program, climate justice, trade and corporate networks. This aims to enhance cross-sectorial and cross issue dialogue, in key areas of shared concern on Migration, Development and Human Rights.
Part I: Sharing of different perspectives: Strategies and key recommendations
Learn to know each other’s analysis on the issues and develop common positions, strategies and key recommendations from there. Address the existing governance architecture protecting migrants and refugees which is slowly dismantled by many of the European governments. The rise of mass- and sometimes official xenophobia is equally alarming. Extreme right-wing movements are getting a wider audience, xenophobic and specifically islamophobic sentiments are growing.
Question: What can be our recommendations and what can be our cross-sectorial analysis and narrative?
Part II: Explore our actions and campaign strategies
Here we want to share the experiences we have done in addressing the issues protecting the rights of migrants and refugees In Europe. Agreeing upon some common and joint strategies for action and coordination at the European level to influence the European political agenda. How can we counter the media distortion of migrant reality?
Question: What can be our shared purpose?
Part III: Focused discussions on issues related to the transformative change
The discussion will focus on the process related to the transformative change towards the protection of the rights of migrants and refugees. We will discuss on how we can co-ordinate optimally, in order to strengthen effective policy intervention and advocacy.
Question: What can be our process and our strategy towards transformative change? How do we go from here to our daily work with migrants and refugees?
Methodology and Participants
While sharing the analysis of those who have been working closely to protect the rights of migrants and refugees, the seminar should come up with strategies in developing actions and campaigns and these should be built on the different experiences from the representatives of the social movements. Representatives of social movements will be able to increase their collective analysis and build a common understanding of what could be effective strategies to protect the rights of migrants and refugees.
Participants are mostly representatives from grass roots social movements as well as representative from support NGOs. They are already involved in key areas of work with migrants and refugees or maybe wish to be involved in such work in the future.
This seminar is regional, and we intend to have gender and age balance as a criteria. We expect 50 participants, including 24 participants from outside the Netherlands.
Day 1 Friday, (23rd of September)
Morning: Plenary — Analysis and common narrative
1. Analysis to develop common positions;
2. To address the existing governance architecture protecting migrants and refugees which is slowly dismantled by many of the European governments.
Deepening this analysis around 2-3 topics defined as central during the morning.
Day 2 Saturday, (24th of September)
Morning : Explore action and campaigns
1. Sharing of experiences in addressing the issue to protect the rights of migrants and refugees In Europe.
2. Agree upon some common and joint strategies for action and coordination at the European level to efficiently influence the European political agenda.
3. Developing strategy to counter media distortion of migrant reality.
Strategic discussion on effective strategies and on what processes we may focus our attention
1. Draw conclusions from our analysis as well as the experiences we have, and the potential opportunities for change we perceive in the different spaces.
2. Distinguishing between spaces where we can push and participate in negotiations for new regulations.
Day 3 Sunday, (25th of September)
More in-depth discussion of concrete topics linked to the process to co-ordinate in order to strengthen effective policy intervention and advocacy. What could be our process and our strategy to strengthen and improve effective policy intervention and advocacy?
We will continue discussing our conclusions and the next steps, check calendar of events.
- 1 or 2 participants per organisation.
- A contribution of 20 euros is asked per participant.
- TMP will cover board and lodging costs (except for Saturday diner).
- Given limited resources, we cannot guarantee the full reimbursement of travel costs for all participants. If it is not possible for your organization to cover these costs, please send us a request.