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Exposing, Resisting, Developing Alternatives A Roadmap from Practical Needs To Strategic Interests To Envisioning Alternatives Vision of transnational/global/ cosmopolitan Citizenship • Deconstruct citizenship & entitlements which are linked to localities, nationality, race, ethnicity, class, caste, gender • Deconstruct power relations & mechanisms of exclusion & segregation • Rights & entitlement travel with the migrant • Global social rights... harmonisation of rights at local, national & international level • Need of international regulation & legislation to ensure universal rights & transnational citizenship Another world is possible • Peace • There is enough for everybody: sustainable livelihood, living with dignity & „buen vivir“ for all & everywhere... no forced migration, no brain & care drain • Freedom to stay or to migrate • Transnational citizenship & global social rights Multi-dimensional Strategies Dual strategy: frontline service & policy intervention/reframing of policies Triangle of solidarity actions: Prevention – protection – sustainable policy solutions Support individual claims for rights & struggle for structural transformation Inside (lobby/policy intervention) – outside (radical) – strategy Dual perspective: rights & livelihood in the country of destination & in the country of origin Short term, medium & long term strategies & perspective Integration....Participation... Representation Overcome exclusion & segregation Integration not assimilation Participation instead of integration Speak for themselves, right to organise & leadership Political participation: right to municipal elections after staying 5 years Participation of migrant women in EU policy making & the EU project of gender equality Reconstruct Public Images & Discourses Change the Mindset • Counter stereotypes of unskilled, service providing, desperate migrant women - Shift concept to skilled, empowered, decision making actor in the market and in the community • Counter victimisation, empower survivors & agents • Contest discourses which reduce migrants to commodities, economic factors & remittances • Expose & resist categorisation & hierarchisation of migrants Intersection of gender, labour & migration Acknowledge the contribution of migrant labour to the economy & social reproduction in the country of destination & origin Recognise care/domestic/sex work as work Recognise diplomas from country of origin Regulate care/domestic/sex work (e.g.minimum wage), enforce labour rights & entitlements to social security Right to organise & form own union for collective bargaining... ....but no solution to gender division of labour & crisis of care & social reproduction Intersection of neoliberal policies, market economy & migration Scandalise power relations, inequalities & rights violation Politicise intersection of class, racism, sexism & migration regimes Expose neocolonial exploitative policies & practices, e.g. name & shame TNCs, trafficking agencies & role of governments Resist national & international policies which subordinate human rights, global social rights & gender equality to the trade & investment regime, the neoliberal economy & the respective migration regimes Change of EU-Policies • Bottomline: Decriminalisation of migration, right to stay, legalising undocumented workers, recognise domestic workers as workers • Expose the neoliberal trade & investment regime & exploitation of resources in the South & East as root causes for forced migration/trafficking • Expose the intersection of racism, sexism & human rights violation in migration policies • Lobby EU-governments to ratify UN-convention on migrants & enforce other international conventions, human rights & gender equality commitments Reconfiguration of Nation State & Migration Regimes • Resist neoliberal policies which destroy people's livelihoods & prolonge poverty • Exert pressure on state to protect citizens from trafficking, slavery & gender related violence • Demand policies which eliminate poverty, redistribute resources & promote economy of solidarity • Design non-racist, non-sexist, non-exploitative migration regimes informed by human rights, equality & dignity • Reconfigure citizenship Solidarity - Networking – Movement Building • Need of transnational civil society alliances • Identify communalities, build common agenda & joint campaigns • Build bridges between migrants & local people, between feminists & other social organisations & trade unions, link different struggles • Deconstruct classes, racism & competition among migrants • Create space for migrants' voices & organisations • Break South – East – North divide Yes, we can! Together! Let's create our own agenda for change !