PICUM organized advocacy training workshops in both Morocco and Nigeria in order to support civil society organizations working to enhance the protection of the rights of all migrants. Drawing from the research findings of the case studies conducted under the framework of the Project and based on its previous experience, PICUM identified key human rights concerns affecting migrants in those countries and discussed during the workshops possible strategies to overcome main barriers to access basic rights for migrants, regardless their status.
The results of the workshops will serve as a basis to develop two toolkits - one focus on Morocco and the other one on Nigeria - that should help civil society organizations and especially migrants’ organizations to improve their daily work in advocating for better protection of migrants' rights.
PICUM is also working towards establishing a network of stakeholders in both countries to serve as advocacy force for legislative reform.To ensure the sustainability of this action, a Euro-Mediterranean Consortium for Irregular Migration Research and Advocacy (CIMRA) will be set up and serve as a platform for dialogue and cooperation between the EU member states and countries of origin and transit. It will also monitor and take forward the implementation of some of the recommendations of the project.
On Friday 14 June a final Conference will be organized to present the results of the project and launch CIMRA.
Final Conference, Brussels, Friday 14 June 2013
The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), in collaboration with its Beyond Irregularity project partners, namely the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM), the Council for the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME), the Development Research and Projects Centre (DRPC), the Sussex Centre for Migration Research and the Eaves Housing for Women, will hold a high level conference hosted by the European Commission, entitled:
"Beyond Irregularity: Supporting Innovative Solutions to Irregular Migration Through Transnational Cooperation"
On Friday 14 June 2013 at the Albert Borschette Conference Centre
(rue Froissart 36, 1049 Brussels, Belgium) between 9am and 5pm
The conference will present the main results of the project and will be an opportunity to discuss ways to take forward and monitor the implementation of some of the recommendations of the project and present all project publications, including two guides for civil society organizations advocating for undocumented migrants rights realized by PICUM.
To confirm your participation please email events[a]ippr.org by 7th June. Places are limited, and will be allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis.
Workshop in Abuja, Nigeria: January 2013
On Tuesday, 22 January 2013, in Abuja, Nigeria, a workshop took place entitled “Empowering and Protecting Migrants in Nigeria” organized by PICUM and the development Research and Projects Centre (dRPC) in collaboration with the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR).The workshop brought together civil society organizations, governmental agencies, academics as well as experts in the field of human rights and protection of vulnerable groups. The workshop provided a space for information sharing and peer-learning in order to develop strategies for collective action. The proposed approach aimed at inspiring systemic and structural changes in society as well as ways to better protect people from any form of human rights violations, and also empowering strategies that would enable people to claim their own rights.
To read the full report of the workshop please click here.
On Wednesday, 23 January 2013, IPPR hold a stakeholders seminar in Abuja to launch the first case study entitled “Beyond borders: Human Trafficking from Nigeria to the UK”. This research looked into the causes, processes and effects of human trafficking from Nigeria to the UK. Taking a 'whole of journey' approach, it identifies gaps in understanding, policy, support and response in both countries. Please see IPPR website to download the document.
Seminar in Rabat, Morocco: July 2012
On 4 July 2012 the seminar entitled "Irregular Migrants in Morocco: between legal entitlements and justice" co-organized by PICUM and its Beyond Irregularity partners took place in Rabat, under the umbrella of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME).
A broad range of relevant actors involved in the support and protection of undocumented migrants’ rights at local, national and international levels gathered for this one-day event that tried to mark the current state of play, while also laying the foundation for future action on this issue in Morocco. Participants included institutional actors, NGOs, trade unions, academics, journalists, migrants associations and migrants themselves. An innovative element for this seminar was key contribution brought by undocumented migrants that talked about their personal life experiences, the obstacles they encounter in their daily work, episodes of violence and abuses suffered, but also ideas and propositions for improving their situation and enforcing their rights.
To read the full report of the seminar please click here (French only). A policy briefing about "Responses to irregular migration in Morocco" is also available in French and English. Get involved and read our blog.
Roundtable in Rabat, Morocco: April 2012
PICUM in collaboration with the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME) held a roundtable meeting on 11 April 2012, in Rabat. The main objective was to complete a mapping of existing initiatives (policy, law, projects) regarding access to basic social rights for undocumented migrants (focus on education, health, housing, fair working conditions) and protection of women victims of violence, criminalization of undocumented migrants and access to justice.
Some additional meetings with selected NGOs took place before and after the roundtable in order to raise awareness about the “Beyond Irregularity” project and to establish a more direct contact between PICUM and some key actors working with undocumented migrants in Morocco.
Please find more information in the roundtable agenda.