Migration is an issue that dominates political debates in European societies, in parliaments, and in the media. For the European Left, this issue is strongly related to the freedom of movement and mobility rights and putting in place safe ways to entering Europe for migrants and refugees. In North Africa, we focus on the rights of migrants and refugees in transit countries and the effects of European policies, the cruel realities that are hidden behind Europe’s human rights speeches. This involves the responsibilities of North African partners of the European Union and its member states as well. In Tunisia, we support the Maison du Droits et des Migrations (http://www.maison-migrations.tn) in order to provide meeting space, support, and legal advice for migrants and refugees. In Morocco, we support the Groupe Antiraciste de Défense et d’accompagnement des Etrangers et Migrants (GADEM) (http://www.gadem-asso.org) that advocates for migrants’ rights.
Our approach looks at the reasons for migration. In this context it must be said that the “elimination of reasons for migration” has recently advanced to become one of the main pillars of official European policies in foreign affairs and development cooperation. Even city twinning projects include this phrase. The problem is not just that such statements don’t hold true in practice. There is no new approach, it is just new packaging for failed policies and projects that not only have failed in the past. It hides that past and current foreign and “developmental” policies have contributed to forced migration.
At the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung we are analyzing destructive effects of climate change as well as economic and “developmental” projects on the livelihoods of communities and societies in North Africa. We focus on the negative impact of European economic, trade, and debt policies, official development cooperation, as well as arms trade. More importantly it involves the constant search for viable and sustainable alternatives.
In this regards, we’re welcoming ideas/projects that need support.