Marketplace of Ideas

Presentations and side workshops (Monday 21 November 15:00 - 16:00)

The Marketplace of Ideas presents an opportunity for knowledge and good practice exchange. A number of organisations will showcase their work at interactive stands and will invite participants to discuss their projects and innovative ideas.

Czech Made? Migrant work in Europe's most industrialized country

The workshop will present the comics exhibition “CzechMade?“ which will be displayed at the premises of the conference. The Multicultural Centre Prague launched the project "Czech Made?" in 2008 to raise public awareness about the exploitation of migrant workers in various sectors of the Czech economy. The label "Czech- Made" is commonly used to reassure consumers that products are of the highest quality. The question mark in the title of our project implies that apart from the quality of the products, there is also a difference in the quality of working conditions when comparing Czech to foreign workers. Migrant workers are often denied fair working conditions and find themselves in situations where their fundamental human rights are violated. The exhibition is based on the results of investigative reports, which were written and published by Czech journalists and focus on various branches of the Czech economy.

  • Jakob Hurrle and Marie Jelinková, Multicultural Centre Prague

Decent work and migrant workers' rights in Europe: The new international labour standards on domestic workers

ILO will invite for a discussion on formulating a rights-based approach to labour migration, with a specific focus on the recently adopted Convention 189 and Recommendation 201 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. These new instruments present an exemplar of how international standards of general application can be instrumental in protecting the rights of migrants, irrespective of their immigration status in their country of destination.

The workshop will stimulate a discussion on issues and challenges and will provide concrete examples on how the rights of migrants in an irregular situation can be implemented in practice at national level. It will also serve as an opportunity to present a current ILO project on integration of migrant domestic workers in Europe.

  • Ryszard Cholewinski, Migration Policy Specialist, ILO
  • Amelita King-Dejardin, Chief technical adviser, Program on Domestic Workers, ILO

Return and repatriation realities as seen and experienced by children: case study Kosovo

UNICEF Kosovo will present two reports published in partnership with the German National UNICEF Committee on the return and reintegration realities experienced by repatriated Kosovar Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian children.

The first report - 'Integration subject to Conditions' takes a critical look at how children cope with the uncertainties associated with an irregular migration status in Germany and the hardship associated with their forced returns from Germany to Kosovo. The second report - 'No Place to Call Home' assesses recent changes in the repatriation policies and in the lives of individual children caught up in repatriation procedures. Furthermore, preliminary findings of the most recent study will show the impact of repatriation experiences on children's psycho-social and mental health.

The reports will be presented in the form of one-minute video clips and a short presentation enabling viewers to listen to the personal accounts of repatriated Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian children filmed in Kosovo in 2010.

Download video on Kosovo - A lost generation (mp4)

PERSPECTIVE - a project for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

This session will present the Dutch project ‘Perspective’ that is carried out by 20 municipalities in Holland. In the Netherlands the government supports unaccompanied asylum-seeking children until they turn 18. Afterwards, the legal right to shelter and all the related provisions are terminated. As adults, the youngsters find themselves on their own and if not granted asylum often become irregular. In order to provide support for this vulnerable group, Utrecht started an outreach center that helps to bring youngsters back into care, even if this is not possible within national law. The asylum applications of these young people are then re-examined, which often results in new facts emerging, often helping their cases for legalization. If not, the support center will help the youngsters to return voluntarily to their home country. The example of Utrecht was taken on board by 19 other cities throughout the Netherlands. Moverover, the national Ministry of Justice was brought in as a partner.

  • Jan Braat, Senior policy maker, Municipality of Utrecht, the Netherlands
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Recognition of the fundamental rights of undocumented migrants: 10 years of PICUM's work

Founded as an initiative of grassroots organisations, PICUM represents a network of more than 200 organisations and advocates working with undocumented migrants in more than 30 countries throughout Europe and around the world . With ten years of evidence, experience and expertise on undocumented migrants, PICUM promotes recognition of their fundamental rights, providing an essential link between local realities and the debates at policy level.

The workshop will present the new PICUM web-documentary – ‘The Undocumentary’ - which outlines the daily realities faced by undocumented migrants living in Europe. The film focuses on key four thematic areas of PICUM’s work: access to health care, fair working conditions, access to justice for undocumented women and access to education and housing for undocumented children and their families.

  • Michele LeVoy, Director, PICUM

Access to healthcare for irregular migrants in the EU

Migrants in an irregular situation often face increased risk to their health from poor living and working conditions. At the same time their access to healthcare is limited due to legal, economic and practical obstacles. Excluding migrants in an irregular situation from healthcare endangers their lives and well-being, increases the cost of future emergency treatment and, when infectious diseases go untreated, poses a health risk to the wider community.

This session will discuss the findings from the recent FRA study on access to healthcare for irregular migrants in the EU. The research was carried out in 21 cities in 10 EU Member States: Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain and Sweden.

  • Anne-Charlotte Nygard, Programme Manager, FRA
  • Martina Huber, Programme Manager, FRA

Regularisation campaign in Poland: the path of migrants participation

The presentation will focus on how participation of migrants facilitated the process of legislative work on a bill legalising the stay of certain groups of foreigners in the Polish territory, and the Act on Granting Protection to Foreigners on Polish territory and the Law on Foreigners. Presentation will cover establishment of the Committee ‘Migrants for Amnesty’ and will show all activities undertaken by a group of migrants and their supporters, who wanted their voices to be heard and to be seriously taken into account.

Participants of the campaign will join the discussions and share their stories and experience being part of the campaign.

  • Ksenia Naranovich, Foundation for Development Beyond Borders, Poland
  • Oleksandra Gusak, ‘Migrants for Amnesty’, Poland
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The Spanish perspective and framework

For the last two decades, Spain has become a country of immigration. Immigration policies were developed, according to the EU legislation, taking into account the needs of the labour market and establishing measures to combat illegal immigration, and improving mechanisms to prevent it.

The presentation will focus on integration policies that accompany the migration process. Examples are the explicitly recognized right to education for irregular migrants children; access for irregular migrants to all health services offered by the national health system under exactly the same conditions as Spanish nationals and regular residents do. Also, the right of association, right to join trade unions and freedom of assembly and of demonstration are granted for all immigrants independently of their legal situation.

  • Estrella Rodríguez Pardo, General Directorate for Immigrants Integration
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Challenging detention of vulnerable migrants

The workshop will focus on presenting the use of detention in migrant cases in Poland vis-à-vis international guidelines and general human rights framework. The workshop will include a presentation of domestic legal framework concerning detention of migrants as well as the results of studies and monitoring surveys carried out by Polish NGOs in recent years. The aim of the workshop is facilitating an open discussion concerning the application of non-custodial measures as alternative to detention especially in vulnerable cases, including children, elderly persons etc. and working out advocacy strategies aimed at reducing the overall use of detention. Other topics for discussion will include: access to legal assistance from detention, conditions of detention, relevant court jurisprudence, monitoring of detention and other related issues.

Dignity and rights of irregular migrants under the European Social Charter

The European Social Charter was envisaged as a human rights trtexeaty to complement the European Convention on Human Rights. It lays down fundamental rights which concern individuals in their daily lives: housing, health, education, employment, social and legal protection, non-discrimination.

The workshop will briefly introduce the European Social Charter and the European Committee of Social Rights and invites contributions for discussion on the Committee's case law on the rights of irregular migrants.

  • Jarna Petman, Member of the European Committee of Social Rights, Council of Europe
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‘Paroles d'exil’

The medical NGO network Médecins du Monde promotes effective access to healthcare and a decent life for the most vulnerable people, including irregular migrants, all over the world. In Europe, the network is active in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and Bulgaria.

Médecins du Monde petitions the national and European authorities for effective and equal access to care for all. Among its achievements are develop ing a European observatory on access to healthcare, and the HUMA project (2008-2011).

During the Marketplace of Ideas Médecins du Monde will present their documentary ‘Paroles d'exil’ which includes testimonies from several undocumented persons, explaining their lives and the problems they face.

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