The global forum on migration and development: â€œAll talk and no actionâ€ or â€œA chance to frame the issues in a way that allows you to move forward togetherâ€?
AbstractThe paper explores the proposed rationale of the Global Forum on Migrationand Development that was launched by Kofi Annan in 2006 as UN SecretaryGeneral, as an informal inter-governmental discussion space. First, it identifiesthe series of claims in Annanâ€™s speech to the High-Level Dialogue that heconvened in New York: that international migration must be managed; that toproceed from the present situation of entrenched disagreements and mistrustrequires constructive structured communication; that the Global Forum canprovide this and is a feasible way forward, unlike proposals for bindinginternational conventions; and that through processes of growing mutualeducation and mutual acceptance the Forum can be fruitful. Implied arenotions of building trust and community amongst the â€œmigro-cratsâ€, the publicpolicymakers in the global networks of migration. Second, the paper monitorshow the hypotheses had fared by the time of the second Forum conference, inManila in 2008, by discourse analysis of its concluding report. The Manilameetingâ€™s declaration of a â€œfocus on the personâ€ appeared in reality to a largeextent mean a focus on the â€œmigro-cratsâ€ and their interactive processes ofmutual education and team-building that are intended to produce practicalcooperation. To clarify this strategy and draw out its mindset and assumptions,the paper presents a series of tools for discourse analysis that may be morewidely useful in migration studies and for participation in migration policydebate.
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international migration; metaphor analysis; 2006 High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development; 2008 Manila GFMD; GFMD; Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD); Kofi Annan; argument analysis; frame analysis;
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