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Domestic workers speak: a global landscape of voices for labour rights and social recognition

Less than 20 years ago domestic workers began to demand rights and recognition. A new series shows that while they’ve made substantial progress, there is still a long way to go.

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Domestic workers speak: a global landscape of voices for labour rights and social recognition

Less than 20 years ago domestic workers began to demand rights and recognition. A new series shows that while they’ve made substantial progress, there is still a long way to go.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Human smugglers roundtable: Lupe Flores

How does anti-trafficking policies lead to the separation of families?

Human smugglers roundtable: Nassim Majidi & Saagarika Dadu-Brown

We need policies that take seriously the complexity of migrant-smuggler relationships.

Gender and care in times of global economy

Gender and care – a complicated relationship in times of global economy. An interview with Rhacel Parreñas, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at University of Southern California

A crisis of control: what should the on-demand workforce be demanding?

To improve security at work we must bring together the demands of people in work with those looking to find work.

Same as it ever was? Labour rights and worker organisation in the modern economy

New jobs, old problems. How can labour protect itself from the cloud?

Crowdsourced humanitarianism and the fight for safe passage

Social media helped coordinate a volunteer response to the new arrivals on Lesvos when governments failed to step up to the plate, but can such a system be replicated?

Countering xenophobia through story-telling

Story-telling and communal art are powerful tools in the fight against xenophobia. In the age of the echo chamber we need to learn to listen again.

The call for ‘safe passage’

European governments aren’t heading calls to establish safe passage for migrants and refugees, and people are dying because of it.

Brexit as a driver of modern slavery?

Signing Article 50 today may well give the prime minister her legacy, but it could also derail her other signature policy by increasing ‘modern slavery’ in the UK.

Leaving home to become a domestic worker

For women migrants from Bangladesh, education and technical skills can be real game changers.

The sadism of anti-trafficking and the erasure of racial slavery

This debate has failed to engage with the enduring structure of racial slavery. As representations of African migrants in the Mediterranean illustrate, anti-trafficking campaigns feed into the problem they aim to dismantle. 

Interview: the cat and mouse game of creating ‘safe passage’

As states fortify their external borders the calls for creating ‘safe passage’ are growing louder, yet the term is hard to define and the ways to dodge responsibility are many.

Gaps in global advocacy for the protection of migrants’ rights

Migrants have no dedicated advocate within the fractured landscape of the UN system. Could that be changed?

A new agenda for facilitating human mobility after the UN summits on refugees and migrants

Mobility is key to development and prosperity, and with the proper vision we can make broader legal pathways for migration work for everyone.

We should all be deported

When authorised migrants comply with immigration inspections they legitimise the violence process of border control. Solidarity with unauthorised migrants requires more civil disobedience.

New report sheds light on the human trafficking of domestic workers in the United States

Data from the Beyond Survival campaign reveals that domestic workers are vulnerable to the most extreme forms of exploitation. Domestic workers around the country are organizing.

Efforts to clean up global supply chains so far come up short

The UK’s Modern Slavery Act fell short of holding companies accountable for forced labour in their supply chains. Can the loopholes be fixed? 

How ‘evidence-based’ anti-trafficking campaigns make facts and mismeasure freedom

Sensational, sexualised imagery is often held up as the greatest sin of anti-trafficking awareness campaigns, but bad data masquerading as authoritative fact is far more insidious.

The wastefulness of human trafficking awareness campaigns

There is no evidence that public awareness campaigns help victims of human trafficking. Instead of continuing to waste funds on public service announcements we need to prioritise direct assistance.

Cutting corners to make a compelling story: trafficking awareness campaigns as fake news and alternative facts

Anti-trafficking awareness campaigns share many features with fake news and alternative facts. While the latter are derided, campaigns continue to be widely celebrated despite their serious flaws.

Beyond parachutes and self-appointed saviours: grounding campaigns against human trafficking in lived experiences

Public awareness campaigns targeting human trafficking can be messy and imperfect, but we also see positive examples grounded in respect and lived experiences rather than in rescue attempts by self-appointed saviours.

More than catch phrases and click bait: mutual learning as a tactic for combating the exploitation of migrants

Anti-trafficking campaigns are more concerned with generating clicks than with taking effective action against exploitation. Awareness campaigns must be grounded in the lived experiences and perspectives of their target audience. 

Interview: preparing for climate and disaster migration

As sea levels rise, lands dry out, and disasters linked to natural hazards become more common, more and more people are going to be forced to move. Are we prepared?

Interview: why do we think development will stop migration?

States are increasingly incorporating development aid into their strategies for controlling migration. But is this the right way to look at the issue, and does it have any hope of ‘success’?

The quiet resistance of domestic workers in Lebanon

The migrant women working in Lebanese homes have little in the way of protection or rights, but they find ways to carve out normalcy for themselves nevertheless.

Interview: how can better policy empower women on the move?

Women experience migration different than men do, and with the right policies that can be a source of empowerment more than a source of risk.

Safe passage: an integral component of the responsibility to protect

The world’s nations accepted the ‘responsibility to protect’ many years ago, but now they must live up to that commitment by ensuring safe passage and protecting displaced persons.

Interview: the dangerous invisibility of women migrants

Women migrate all over the world to work or to escape violence, yet in comparison to male migrants they are barely visible in policy and media discussions. This makes them vulnerable.

Time for a clear roadmap for states to end child immigration detention

The UN Global Compacts on Refugees and Migrants need to include an accountable way to end immigration detention for children.

What we want for children in the global compacts on refugees and migrants

We expect the impact of the initiative to carry beyond the global compacts and to influence the way all children on the move are protected and supported.

Interview: detention as the new migration management?

Immigration detention is becoming a preferred method for states to process and deter migrants, but there are many other options available out there.

Interview: is rights-based ‘good migration governance’ possible?

The director of the migration policy and research department at the International Organisation for Migration goes in-depth on global migration policies, the forthcoming global compacts, and the policy challenges going forward.

Global compacts, detention centres, and safe passage: can the world change course on migration?

The tragic spectacle of the past five years has pushed migration to the top of the global policy agenda, but it will take a lot of work to transform that opportunity into substantive change.

Interview: making the global compacts on migrants and refugees worthwhile

Achieving meaningful global compacts on migration and refugees by end-2018 won’t be easy. Learn the challenges ahead from someone involved in the process.

The online world of surrogacy

What do we know about the women using their own bodies to help intended parents realise their dreams?

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