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Global Forum on Migration and Development - Civil Society Days

29 November, 2011 to 2 December, 2011
09.00 - 17.00
Geneva, Switzerland
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Marching at the GFMD demo in Geneva on 2 December 2011
This year's GFMD Civil Society Days, focusing on the theme "Taking Action on Labour Migration, Development and the Protection of Migrant Workers and their Families," will bring together 200 civil society delegates to discuss and make recommendations to governments in the areas of rights-based policy making for the benefit of migrant workers and their families, protection for undocumented migrant wokrers, labour mobility and development alternatives to migration.

A 40-member strong delegation of trade unionists will participate in three related events: the Fifth Global Forum on Migration and Development Civil Society Days, the Global Unions Forum on Migration and the People’s Global Action on Migration, Human Rights and Development from 29 November to 2 December in Geneva, Switzerland. PSI is leading the delegation together with sister global unions BWI, EI and ITUC.

"Trade unions are demanding governments shift their migration policies to ensure that they contribute to decent work objectives," says Peter Waldorff, General Secretary of PSI, who heads the trade union delegation.

"However, labour migration should not replace decent work opportunities in home countries. Governments must strive to provide quality public services and sustainable jobs in the place where people live, so that migration only becomes and option, and is not a dire necessity."

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