In Central and South East Europe

Civil Society Days Outreach Meeting Organized in Budapest 29 June 2017


Terre des hommes office in Hungary organized an outreach meeting at its office on 29 June 2017 in support of the Civil Society Days (CSD) taking place in Berlin 29 June and 1 July 2017 within the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).

The theme of the GFMD Civil Society Days 2017 is “Safe, Orderly, Regular Migration Now: Mechanics of a Compact worth Agreeing to" and this year’s programme focused on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

The outreach meeting had the objective to gather representatives from non-governmental and international organizations working on migration issues in Hungary in order to jointly listen to the live plenary sessions of the first day of CSD (Recommendations Day), provide questions and comments to the panel speakers as well as to gather input to be relayed on the second day of CSD on 1 July (Commitments Day) and at the opening plenary of the Common Space day on 30 June. The outreach meeting stimulated debate and allowed the CSD to have a greater reach and involvement of important civil society actors who were not physically present at the forum in Berlin. Sensitizing the outreach meeting participants on the Global Compacts, its goals and developments, the plenary sessions also highlighted the current discrepancy between positive developments at international level and the negative national level developments and related challenges, which is of high relevance in consideration of the current migration climate in Central Europe in particular. Noting that remittances, for instance, had changed the landscape of how much migration is understood prior to the migration crisis, the outreach meeting participants expressed interest in how migration could be reframed today in a positive sense once again. 

In addition to Budapest, outreach meetings were also held in Dakar and Kathmandu.  

Further information on the Civil Society Days and the Global Forum on Migration and Development can be found here.