International Migrants Day
Every year, the United Nations devotes 18th December to migrants. Many events, declarations and initiatives result from it, but we often overlook an essential aspect - the migrants themselves. We know an increasing amount about migration patterns, their causes, types and effects. The latest UN report on human development deals with remittances linked to migration, and is, in this respect, highly instructive. Some recent tendencies are surprising, and we would do well to take an interest in the reasons why people are moving around the globe. The human and economic aspects of migration are growing, on the initiative of the migrants themselves, and in future will probably be clear indicators of development. Remittances made by migrants, for instance, account for 20% of GDP in some countries, directly impacting on these countries' economic progress, making migration a component of development. The fact that most money transfers are made between less advanced countries and developing countries raises questions about whether economic change has moved beyond the small circle of so-called rich countries. Find out more
Emmaus International and freedom of movement at the Nuits Atypiques de Koudougou festival in Burkina Faso
Emmaus International is taking part in the 17th edition of the Nuits Atypiques de Koudougou festival in Burkina Faso from 5th to 9th December 2012. Find out more
Towards freedom of movement, debate on 9 November 2012 in Angers, France
Emmaus International and the Emmaus community in Angers is organising a debate on freedom of movement on 9 November in Angers, France. Find out more
Migration and freedom of movement: debate on 27 October in Rouen
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Emmaus Saint-Etienne in solidarity with the Roma community
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France must put a stop to its repressive policies towards Roma
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In the face of human disasters and deadlock caused by inward-looking migration policies that reject integration, the Emmaus International Movement, having practised unconditional shelter and solidarity for over 50 years, is committed to a campaign for FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT for all worldwide.
On this site you can find out about Emmaus International’s initiatives to promote migrants’ rights and freedom of movement, discover the book A Visa for the World (which recounts the experience of the Emmaus groups and Emmaus’s stance), join our international campaign by registering your support for freedom of movement, access resources to help you defend this cause and keep up-to-date with initiatives to promote freedom of movement.
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