Hopes for the future advancement of the refugee & migration agenda

At the start of this year THP asked a number of influential thinkers to reflect on their hopes for the future advancement of the refugee and migration agenda. The responses cover a range of local and global perspectives and give us an insight into the diversity of issues affecting and affected by the refugee and migration agenda.

Here’s what they had to say:

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Vacancy – Research Volunteers

Join usThe Hague Process (THP) is looking for Research Volunteers to work on two current research projects:

As a Research Volunteer, you will assist the Coordinator of Research in project work. This includes, amongst other tasks, conducting basic research on specific allocated subjects, data mining and data collection, producing data output, producing summaries from reports, and conducting literature reviews.

THP offers volunteers the opportunity to develop their professional skills that will be essential to any future employment. In addition, you will benefit from having access to our publications and events.

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Migrant and Refugee Integration in Global Cities: The Role of Cities and Businesses

Migrant and Refugee Integration in Global Cities - The Role of Cities and Businesses

Migrant and Refugee Integration in Global Cities – The Role of Cities and Businesses

The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration (THP) in partnership with UNU-MERIT and Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, has published a report on how businesses and governments in global cities contribute to the economic and social integration of migrant and refugee populations, either through outreach, specialised programmes, the provision of services or targeted funding of NGOs; and to what extent these contributions can be deepened or expanded. The study focuses on efforts by the private sector and city governments – both separately and in partnership – to give these groups greater protection and opportunities in employment markets and communities.

More specifically, this report identifies good practices among the selected cities as well as gaps in intervention by determining whether and how business and cities are currently working together to create opportunities for migrants and refugees to deepen their integration into society. Where there is presently no collaboration between the private and public sectors, the research identifies barriers and opportunities for potential partnerships. To this end, the research draws from eight case studies: Auckland (New Zealand), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Chicago (USA), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Lisbon (Portugal), Nairobi (Kenya), Rotterdam (The Netherlands) and São Paulo (Brazil).

The report is accompanied by eight individual case study reports, one per city, which provide further background information and discussion for the interested reader.

The final report and the individual case studies are available here.

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Hopes for the future advancement of the refugee and migration agenda

At the start of this year THP asked a number of influential thinkers to reflect on their hopes for the future advancement of the refugee and migration agenda. The responses cover a range of local and global perspectives and give us an insight into the diversity of issues affecting and affected by the refugee and migration agenda.

Here’s what they had to say:

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Big Cities and Migration – International Working Conference

Location: The Hague, the Netherlands

Partners: City of The Hague, Compagnia di San Paolo, ICCO, Oxfam Novib, NCDO.

Publication date: February 2007

 

The International Working Conference was organised by The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration, under its Big Cities Initiative and in close cooperation with the City of The Hague, the Netherlands. In 2005 and 2006, a series of pre-conferences were organised to pave the way for this high-level meeting.

The working conference consisted of two days of workshops and interactive exchanges of ideas in the field of migration and local policies to enhance social cohesion, inclusion and participation of refugee and migrant populations at the city level. Notwithstanding differences in resources and levels of development of cities worldwide, discussions looked to emphasise principles valid for all cities and all societies.  Participants shared their visions on local challenges and practices in focused working sessions on: (1) Social Cohesion; (2) Local Governance and Political Participation; (3) Education; (4) Housing, Health and other Social Services; (5) Migrant Enterprise, Employment and Business Opportunities. The main findings of these sessions are detailed in the Final Report along with good practices and policy directions.

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Towards an Inclusive Approach to Citizenship: Local Covenants for Non-Discriminatory and Equal Opportunities in Access to Employment

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Partners: The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), Municipality of Copenhagen, City of The Hague, Compagnia di San Paolo, ICCO, Oxfam Novib. 

date: 16 – 18 october 2007

 

Can innovative policies and covenants be designed which guarantee the effective protection and inclusion of all city residents? Is access to the labour market and employment the key driver for the empowerment and participation of migrants and refugees? What is the place of human rights in the city? How can we move towards their effective realization? Can cities pave the way for a new approach to citizenship? Should and will local policymakers and stakeholders deepen a legitimate say in the highly sensitive (im)migration and inclusion debates as they unfold at the national, regional and international level ?

With specific attention to the challenges faced by migrants and refugees, these are some of the pressing questions addressed in this international workshop with policymakers from the municipalities of CopenhagPostsen, Johannesburg, Lyon, Malmö, The Hague, and Toronto, along with migrant and refugee organisations, NGO representatives and international experts (ILO, UNESCO, UN-HABITAT).

The meeting was organised under the ´Big Cities Initiative´ of The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration which aims to explore the role large cities can play in the formation and delivery of effective and sustainable migration and refugee policies in line with the larger human rights and development agenda.

The key findings from the workshop can be found in the Final Report.

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Equal Opportunities for All – Speech by HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, Chairman of the Board of The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration

Author: HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, Chairman of the Board of The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration
date: novEMBER 2007

 

Equal Opportunities for AllSpeech by HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, Chairman of the Board of ‘The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration at the VNG – CERM Conference in the City of The Hague, 29 November 2007.

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Towards an Inclusive Approach to Citizenship: Investing in Education for the Empowerment of All City Residents

Location: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Partners: City of The Hague, Compagnia di San Paolo, ICCO, Oxfam Novib.

date: february 2008

 

International Workshop organised by The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration within the World Conference on the Development of Cities: Democratic Innovation and Social Transformations for Inclusive Cities for the 21st Century which took place in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in February 2008.

To what extent is education the key to the inclusion and empowerment of all in the city? Is it a required focus for a holistic human rights based approach to personal and collective development in the city? What are the challenges in terms of effective and equal access for refugees and migrant populations? Beyond access, what proactive policies can enable newcomers to overcome barriers (language, school environnment, orientation…)? Which stakeholders should be engaged and which partnerships established ?

These are some of the framing questions which guided the work of The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration within the World Conference on the Development of Cities. Challenges were addressed by participants from Cairo, Johannesburg, Sấo Paulo, Lyon, Turin and The Hague on the basis of their respective experiences in the field of education, human rights and migration. The initiative unveiled pathways to advance the realization of fundamental rights to education and inclusion of all city residents. The initiative received support by UNESCO, by way of its Assistant Director General for Education Mr. N.Burnett.

The key findings from the workshop can be found in the Final Report.

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Business and Migration – Perceptions from Denmark

A compilation of reflections by Danish business and organised industry on various issues related to migration

Editor and Project Coordinator: Yulia Poskakukhina
Co- Editor: Dylan Eyre

Publication date: february 2009

 

Business plays a central role in supporting the dynamics of international labour migration and development. While employers can benefit from sound migration management, responsible business and corporate labour market insight can render a valuable contribution to the international debate on cross-border labour mobility.

The private sector may be involved in shaping migration-related policy on a national level. However, the voice of business is rarely heard outside of organised industry and state lobbying circles. Individuals working on migration matters at international and non-governmental organisations, academic institutions, think-tanks and government agencies are often unfamiliar with the corporate experience in relation to a multinational workforce.

This compilation gives a glimpse of the perceptions Danish companies and business associations hold on various issues material to international migration. It aspires to make a modest step in opening the business angle to interested policy-makers, researchers, practitioners, public officials, stakeholders and the general public around the world. The initiative extends a platform for corporate and organized industry actors to share their ideas on the present and future demand for foreign labour; to communicate the difficulties which companies face in recruiting and managing employees from abroad; to reflect on potential solutions and existing best practices. Furthermore, it encourages the Danish corporate community to explore matters such as human rights, integration, welfare of migrant workers, migration and development and ethical management of global supply chains.

A series of interviews with private sector and organized industry professionals in Denmark, conducted in October-November 2008 and revisited in January 2009, underlie the report.

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Report from the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative (DIEH) Conference on migrant labour in global supply chains

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Partners: Danish Ethical Trading Initiative 

Publication date: january 2009

 

This report is the output from the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative (DIEH) Conference on migrant labour in global supply chains that took place in Copenhagen on 30 January 2009. The report was prepared by The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration.

DIEH took the initiative to organise the conference due to the growing attention to the topic at hand by business and organisations working on ethical trade. DIEH member companies have pointed out that the presence of migrant workers in their global supply chains brings distinct ethical challenges to their daily work. According to the ILO labour migration is increasing worldwide, and there are now approximately 200 million international migrants, and millions more that migrate internally for work within the borders of their own countries. It seems valuable to give attention to this large and vulnerable segment of the workforce. In addition, an impact assessment of the Ethical Trading Institute (UK) shows that migrant workers are often worse off because of Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. Lastly, the issue has become even more pressing now that the ‘global economic meltdown’ seems to affect migrant labour in particular.

The purpose of the conference was to:
• explore the problems relating to migration between and within developing countries and emerging economies;
• discuss how businesses and other stakeholders engaged in responsible supply chain management can help to protect the rights of migrant workers in global supply chains.

The conference gathered a wide variety of participants with diverse backgrounds, including Danish and international businesses, NGO’s, unions, trade organizations, and academics.

The conference report presents a summary of the presentations and the main outcomes of the roundtable discussions.

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