Equality of Rights for Everyone, Everywhere

Program PGA Marrakech, 8-9 December 2018

1. Methodology

On 10 and 11 December 2018 governments will adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). The PGA will include an analysis of the GCM and an exploration of the various positions of diverse civil society groups, trade unions and social movements. Moreover, the 2018 PGA will also be an opportunity to discuss five themes and strategies to build stronger collective civil society action:

  1. Migrants’ rights as rights for all

  2. Gender and migration

  3. Social cohesion and belonging

  4. Migration and development

  5. Migration and climate change

2. Process

To better understand these issues, the PGA 2018 will address these themes with a regional  approach organized in five geographic areas: Africa; Maghreb and Middle East; the Americas; Asia/Pacific and Europe. The PGA will explore the realities in all regions, with a particular view towards  the Mediterranean reality, given the location of this year’s PGA.

The PGA 2018 will include an ‘assembly of convergence’ between themes and areas to build a common vision and strategy of the movements engaged on the defense of the rights of migrants and their families. This plenary session will be facilitated by the Local Organizing Committee and International Committee of the PGA). The thematic workshops and regional spaces will be facilitated by  thematic and regional networks.

To allow for a broad expression, time and spaces will be provided for self-organized workshops. Civil society organizations are welcome to make suggestions for workshops and parallel activities. The ‘assembly of convergence’ will hear reports from workshops and regional spaces.

3. Side events: Friday December 7th, 2018

NB: Workshops / conferences are at the same location than during the weekend

During the day:

In the Evening:

17.00 Workshop on ‘’Youth and Migration’’ organized by the Association Initiatives Citoyennes and the FMAS

20.30 Forum on the Permanent Peoples Tribunal (PPT) Process – Perspectives from Barcelona to London and beyond by TMP-E, MDCD, Waling-Waling supporting migrant workers’ rights campaign (UK), ECVC (LVC), FTDEA (Tunisia), Forum Social Maghreb.

22.30 Welcomes Cultural event with local groups (migrants and refugee organisations, Moroccan cultural organisations

4. Saturday & Sunday December 8 – 9, 2018

Side events:

Saturday 8th December 2018, during lunch break

Sunday 9th December 2018, during lunch break

5. Saturday December 8, 2018:

08.30-10.00 Reception and registration

10.00-11.00 Opening and welcome words

      1. Words from the organizers – Local Committee and International PGA

      2. Welcome words from the Regions

      • Mamadou Diallo – Platform of 17 Sub-Saharan migrant-led organizations in Morocco
      • Milka Isinta, PANiDMR
      • Mouhieddine Cherbib, Forum Social Maghreb
      • Latif Mortajine – Plateforme Euro-Marocaine MDDC
      • MENA region representative
      • Migrant Forum Asia representative
      • Claudia Lucero – Alianza Americas
      • Berenice Valdez – IMUMI reMigrant Caravan (Mexico)
      • Jille Belisario – Europa (Transnational Migrant Platform TMP-E)

11.00 – 13.00 Plenary 1 – Plenary Assembly

      1. *Outcomes World Social Forum Migration – Comité Mexico WSFM
        *Outcomes Civil Society Days – Roula Hamati, CSO chair GFMD/CSD
        *Labour organisations / trade union action – Mamadou Niang – CGTM MAURITANIE

      2. *The GCM and its Impact on Migration Policies: Migration Crisis or Crisis of the Political and Economic System – Mamadou Goïta (PANiDMR) and Driss El Korchi (Observatoire Maghrébin des Migrations)

*Public Discussion – facilitator Hassan Bousetta

      1. Overview of Thematic Workshops and Self-organized Workshops – Abdou Menehbi – Program Commission

13.00-14.30 Lunch Break 

14.30 – 15.45 Parallel workshops Session A: Building Analysis

Assessing political conditions for Migrants Rights

15.45 – 16.00 Coffee break

16.00 – 18.00 Parallel workshops Session B: Planning Strategy

Mapping collective actions and movement building

18.00-19.00 Break

19.00-20.00 Plenary 2:  plenary Assembly – Reports thematic workshops

20.00-22.00 Cultural Evening


Workshop 1: Migrants’ rights as rights for all

Moderators: Mohamed Charef (LOC) & Cathi Tactatuin- NNIRR (National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights)

Discussion starters

Session A: Claudio Lucero (Alianza Americas), Gadem, Hakima Haithar (Save the children)

Session B: IYANGA Franck (Organisation Démocratique des Travailleurs Immigrés au Maroc), Eduardo Canales (South Texas Human Rights Center/NNIRR), CCFD-Terre Solidaire, France

How can we deal with the inhuman and degrading treatment of migrants? How to protect and promote the rights of migrants to access public services? How to respond to forced displacement and removal procedures? How to advocate for the recognition of the diverse social, economic and political contributions of migrants regardless of status and value their know-how acquired in countries of origin or transit. The workshop will include an exploration of children and youth in migration in the context of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Workshop 2: Gender and migration

Moderators: ATFD & Berenice Valdez (Women In Migration Network WIMN)

Discussion starters:

Fatna Chouaki, Yamta Helene (Collectif des Femmes Migrantes au Maroc), Liepollo Pheko (PANiDMR), Coumba Toure of Africans Rising, Katy Gil (Casa Yurumein/Alianza Americas leadership Fellow), Migrant women in Europe (TMP-E), Migrant women in Asia (MFA)

While the issue of migrant women transcends all issues of migrants in general, specific challenges remain unique to women: violence on the roads and shameless exploitation during their migration journey.  It is urgent to deal with gender issues in a cross-cutting approach in all the workshops, but also to work specifically on it. While sometimes this migratory mobility allows for upward mobility and may allow for greater autonomy and rights for women, it is also a source of marginalization and vulnerability. How can we enable the emergence of perspectives on gender and migration from the lived reality of women in the global south who are in countries of origin, transit, destination and return?

Workshop 3: Social cohesion and belonging 

Moderators : Jille Belisario (TMP-E) & Nunu Kidane – PANiDMR

Discussion starters

Session A: Maria Ostberg-Svanelind (ASSR-Sweden/PSI), Mamadou Bhoye Diallo (ASCOMS Migrant Platform of 17 organizations and Collectif des Communautés Subsahariennes au Maroc CCSM), Abdellah Zniber (Forum Social Maghreb)

Session B: Saida Derrazi (TMP-E/EMCEMO), Opal Tometi (Black Alliance for Just Immigration), Gerald Lenoir (PANiDMR & NNIRR)

The migration policies of the Global North have always been based on the control of migratory flows, both selected and disposable migrations. Today, deportation is hidden under the term “voluntary return”. The Global North exerts an increasing pressure on Southern countries, so that the latter create, on their soil, detention centers; disembarkation platforms, and exchange deals on forced returns. This represents a direct threat to human rights, including the right to non-refoulement, especially the freedom of movement and settlement guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The coming to power of racist and overtly xenophobic movements threatens stability in many parts of the world. Discrimination creates a new system of migrant exploitation, allowing the most dishonest employers to take advantage of human distress. Discrimination is at all levels: visa issuance, equal rights, non-compliance with ILO conventions, arbitrary treatment of undocumented migrants, etc.

Workshop 4: Migration and development

Moderators: Abderrazak Elhajri (Migration et développement Maroc) & Migrant Forum Asia (MFA)

Discussion starters

Session A: Mohammed Bazza (IDD), Milka Isinta (PANiDMR), Brid Brennan (TMP-E/TNI)

Session B: Abdellatif Mortajine (MDCD), Migrant Forum Asia MFA, ECVC (LVC).

Presented by some politicians as win-win – countries of destination, seek cheap labor, and in exchange, the countries of origin  seek remittances. These selective migration policies, far from allowing the development of countries of origin,  impoverish the countries of origin by depriving them of the most dynamic part of their population. After 20 years of the “migration and development” paradigm we explore how this framework undermines development. Do we accept the claim that migration is a source of sustainable development? We also explore the growing conditionality of development assistance on migration enforcement, security oriented policies and return in countries of origin.

Workshop 5: Migration and climate change

Moderators : Sanaa Moussalim (Coalition marocaine pour la justice climatique) & Claudia Lucero – Alianza Americas)

Discussion starters

Session A: ATTAC FRANCE, Driss El Korchi (MDCD), Alianza Americas

Session B: Mehdi Attar Semlali (TMP-E/EMCEMO), PSI Union from MENA (Lebanon/Tunisia), Mamadou Goita (IRPAD/PANiDMR)

How/where is the issue being addressed – at local levels? national? international? More than 25 million people have moved across international borders due to climate-related factors — a number that is expected to grow to 250 million within just 30 years. Some countries are responding to climate-related displacement with “national security” oriented policies.  Those  displaced are also being met with racist and xenophobic backlash. Climate-related displacement is not only due to disasters, but to slow-moving drought and other factors — in such situations as the current Central America migrant Caravan.  Despite  Paris Climate Agreement commitments to reduce carbon emissions and to take up “adaptive strategies” – displacement will certainly continue. How can we include climate change within our agenda for migrant rights at different levels?

7. Sunday December 9 2018

9.30-13.00 5 Workshops by major region on:

      1. Africa Region: discussions lead by PANiDMR and EsMed- RMTMD RMTD

      2. MENA Region: discussions lead by le Forum Social Maghrébin and INSANLB

      3. Europe Region: discussions lead by TMP-E, MDCD and ECVC (LVC)

      4. America Region: discussions lead by Alianza Americas and NNIRR

      5. Asia Region: discussions lead by MFA

13.00-15.30 Lunch Break

15.30-17.00 Plenary 3 – Plenary Assembly

17.00-18.00 Conclusion and perspectives of the Marrakech PGA & next steps

Handover of PGA banner to Local Organizing Committee for Equador 2019

18.00-19.00 Break

19:00 – 23:00 Closing evening of the PGA of Marrakech