Days ahead of global talks on migration and development, diaspora organisations will gather from 8-9 October in Istanbul, Turkey to explore themes of human mobility and migrants rights in the context of development effectiveness.
Organised by the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE), the two-day event will convene migrant organisations, diaspora groups, and support institutions from around the world to discuss diaspora issues, migrants rights, displacement and its relation to development effectiveness.
The global migrants/diaspora meeting is part of the CPDE’s outreach efforts to understand the depth of diaspora issues and how it can be integrated into the aid and development effectiveness agenda.
“Global talks on migration has always been focused on its potential for economic development,” said International Migrants Alliance (IMA) Chairperson Eni Lestari.
According to UN reports, remittances from migrant workers far outperform rates of official development assistance (ODA). This trend proves to be an important source of financing and a vital support system especially for developing economies.
“Unfortunately, this happens without sufficient discussion on protecting the rights of overseas workers, refugees, and the wider diaspora community,” Lestari added.
The meeting takes place days before the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) – an annual intergovernmental meeting which this year takes place in Turkey from 14 to 16 October. This year’s theme is “Strengthening Partnerships: Human Mobility for Sustainable Development.” Prior to the intergovernmental meeting, the GFMD Civil Society Days (CSD) will take place from 12 to 13 October. A Common Space, the CSO-governments interface, will happen on 14 October. ###
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