Conference “Migration and Social Justice”, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 11-12 October 2018

Event Date   11. – 12.10.2018

At the invitation of our sister party People’s Movement for Progress (MPP), we will continue this central discussion on migration and justice on 11-12 October 2018 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. At the focus of the conference is the question of social justice in the migration debate.

The world is in motion and that is how it will remain in the coming years. The 21st century is characterized by significant population shifts. Migration is increasing around the globe. Migration between countries of the Global South has already overtaken migration movements from south to north.

Almost every seventh person in the world is a migrant. According to the International Labour Organisation, many migrants are currently living a life of forced labour or slavery. Over the past few years, the number of people fleeing armed conflict, persecution and human rights violations has all but exploded, and, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) currently exceeds 67 million refugees. Others flee in the face of the negative impact of climate change, natural catastrophes and other environmental changes.

It is due time to build up a global understanding of flight and migration and their impact on our societies as well as to come up with a comprehensive common strategy based on solidarity and partnership.

The Progressive Alliance has decided to put all our weight behind the establishment of robust, balanced and inclusive global compacts and a renewed partnership on migration. The “Compact for Migration” under the auspices of the United Nations and the “Global Compact on Refugees” of the UNHCR are the key issues of the future that we discuss in 2018 and on which we will have to establish our position.

This is the background for our discussions in Burkina Faso.

We will send you the invitation in due time and we are looking forward to welcoming you in Ouagadougou on 11 – 12 October 2018.