Stefan Rother

Stefan Rother
University of Freiburg | Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg · Chair for International Relations

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great news - Just in time for the first Global #RefugeeForum , our article on civil society and #Refugees participation in the deliberations on the Global Compacts #forRefugees and #forMigration has been made fully open access https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/imig.12646

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This chapter provides a concise overview of the emerging framework of global migration governance before the adoption of the global compact. It will first discuss regional migration governance as a potential intermediate level and then look at the stages of global migration governance from the UN migrant worker convention through the UN High Level...
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This chapter provides an overview of the two main civil society clusters in global migration governance. The MRI/Global Coalition/Action Committee cluster is analysed based on its 3 phases of organizing. The Women in Migration Network (WIMN) is presented as a case of a network with many ties within the cluster but also reaching beyond it. This is f...
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An overview of civil-society-led discourses and strategies to “mainstream their agenda”. Has the discourse on migration, development, and human rights significantly changed? Can we find signs of spill-over-effects into concrete policy fields? This chapter first identifies three major themes in the advocacy of migrant civil society. It then analyses...
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A brief analysis of the dominant discourses on migration with their main goals of upholding the sovereignty of the nation-states and disciplining migrants. The subchapters trace the evolution of some of these concepts—which institutions brought them at which point in time to the global agenda? The examples include discourses on migration management...
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The Philippines has received continuous praise for its ‘highly developed’ migration policies and promotes those as the ‘gold standard’ for the deployment and protection of labour migrants. These policies are obviously not negotiated exclusively within the container of the nation state. In this article, I will therefore employ an analytical framewor...
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The global pandemic has resulted in ad hoc unilateral policies on migration, mobility and border management while at the same time emphasizing the need for global cooperation. For global governance in this field to be effective, it needs to include stakeholders beyond states and international institutions. The Global Compact for safe, orderly and r...
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This paper investigates the emerging regional governance of migration from the perspective of migrant rights activists and their strategies in advancing a rights-based framework in contrast to the ‘management’ (i.e. control-centred) approach typically championed by states. The key objective is to use the study of civil society activism, through its...
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ASEAN Outlook Report Contributing Paper Labour migration has the potential to become an essential feature of people-to-people connectivity within the ASEAN community. It can contribute to the “soft” infrastructure of the regional organization by enabling the personal interactions between its citizens as well as the formation of transnational netwo...
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This exploratory study discusses the potential for a transnational skills partnership in the construction sector between Ghana and the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). Ghana is considered to be a particularly suited partner country due to its young workforce, democratic and economic stability and high regard for technical and vocationa...
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Migration geht alle an: Migration ist ein globales Phänomen, Migrationspolitik wird aber oft nur im nationalen Kontext gedacht und gemacht. Dr. Uwe Hunger und Dr. Stefan Rother beleuchten die aktuellen Migrationsbewegungen, erklären die Ursachen von Arbeitsmigration und Flucht und zeigen, wie auf nationalstaatlicher und supranationaler Ebene mit Mi...
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The emerging global governance of migration is characterized by its fragmentation in terms of institutions, underlying norms and conventions. The International Organization for Migration (iom) holds a peculiar place within this framework: On the one side, it has been situated outside the United Nations System until very recently, considers itself a...
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Der Kommentar widmet sich der Frage nach den Herausforderungen, aber auch Chancen von migrantischen Selbstorganisationen im globalen Bezugsrahmen. Um ihre konkreten Anliegen und Interessen international geltend zu machen, müssen Migrant*innen und Geflüchtete sich entlang verschiedener Politik-Ebenen organisieren. Globale Dachorganisationen und „Net...
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This paper will analyze a process that attempts to democratize the governance of migration within and from Asia through connectivity from below: the Asian Inter-Parliamentary Caucus on Labour Migration. The caucus was initiated by the Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA), the major regional network of migrants’ rights organizations, in 2007. Since 2008, mee...
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Newsletter of the American Political Science Association’s Organized Section on Migration and Citizenship
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La emergente gobernanza mundial de la migración se caracteriza por su fragmentación en términos de instituciones, normativas y convenciones subyacentes. La Organización Internacional para las Migraciones (oim) ocupa un lugar peculiar dentro de este marco: por un lado, hasta hace muy poco se había situado fuera de la Organización de las Naciones Uni...
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This chapter starts with a discussion of the meaning and scope of civil Society and maps out which forms civil society engagement can take with regards to the issue of migration and development. The next section looks at how development is viewed, framed and advocated among a variety of actors within global migrant civil society. The conclusion dis...
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Um die Umsetzung des "Flüchtlingspakts" zu diskutieren, fand in Genf in dieser Woche das erste Globale Flüchtlingsforum mit rund 3000 Teilnehmern statt. Neben Äthiopien, Costa Rica, Pakistan und der Türkei war Deutschland einer der Ausrichter. Wie lässt sich die Wirkung und Sinnhaftigkeit des mit großem Aufwand veranstalteten dreitägigen Events bew...
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Focussing on the inclusion of those primarily affected as stakeholders (refugees and other migrants), this article addresses a key ambition of the compacts themselves. We employ an ‘inside‐outside’ perspective and firstly ask: which groups participated in the consultative processes, what agenda did they set ‘inside’ the meetings, what alliances did...
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This postscript addresses venues taking place after the Berlin GFMD. It revolves around the idea of ‘invited’ versus ‘invented’ spaces (Chapters 2, 6 and 7). Invited spaces stand for positions and platforms occupied by civil society organizations (CSOs) or non-governmental organizations (NGOs), embodied in a general neoliberal idea of ‘participator...
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On 19 December 2018 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), a comprehensive, but non-binding, global accord on a common roadmap for the management of migration agreed upon at an intergovernmental conference in Marrakech on 11 December 2018. The UN Global Compact for Migrat...
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This paper aims to address a rarely researched dimension of political remittances by moving from the (trans)national to the regional level, and from the individual to the institutional level of collective action. We base our analyses of the regional and institutional aspects on the case of the Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA), a regional network compris...
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This two-part Special Issue has examined the migration-sovereignty nexus in the context of intra-regional migration in Asia, with specific focus on Southeast Asia ('Special Issue'). The sub-region represents the perfect laboratory for teasing out the complexities involved in (actual and rhetorical) attempts made by states to control and regulate mi...
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The past decade has seen the emergence of a global migration governance architecture. But while – unlike other ‘objects’ of global governance – migrants are able to speak for themselves, only limited participatory space has been reserved for them in global processes. In reaction to this glaring democratic deficit, migrant organizations try to chall...
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This article focuses on the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) which has become one of the major global spaces for deliberations on migration but remains informal and non-binding. Drawing from literature on norm diffusion and state socialisation, it debates the role of the GFMD as a stepping stone for a more robust, multi-level and ne...
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The aim of this article is to discuss and substantiate new spaces for the political participation of migrant civil society at the regional level in Southeast Asia through the lens of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Forum on Migrant Labour (AFML). The AFML process is shaped by the International Labour Organisation and mirrors its...
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The focus of this chapter is on civil society organizations that support, organize, represent, or advocate for cross-border migrant workers. Our main case studies are from Japan and Hong Kong, which we compare with other destinations in East Asia. We are pointing out the differences in the backgrounds of these organizations but also observe emergin...
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The focus of this article is a cluster of grassroots movements and networks of networks: the Association of Indonesian Migrant Workers (ATKI) based in Hong Kong. By using Kelly's [2007. Filipino Migration, Transnationalism and Class Identity (ARI Working Papers Series, 90). Singapore: Asia Research Institute.] typology of four dimensions of class (...
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This chapter argues that circular migration may contribute to transformation in areas that have so far been rarely touched upon in the debate. Besides the transfer of financial remittances and professional skills, political and (un)democratic attitudes and practices may also be diffused through temporary or circular migration. Based on a survey amo...
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Ziel dieses Beitrags ist eine erste Systematisierung des Zusammenhangs zwischen Migration und Demokratisierung. Wer sind die Akteure, auf welchen Ebenen und über welche Kanäle können sie Einfluss auf Demokratisierungsprozesse nehmen? Nach einem Überblick zu Migration, Normdiffusion und Demokratisierungsforschung werden im Hauptteil verschiedene Ebe...
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Ziel dieses Beitrags ist eine Einführung in die Wechselbeziehungen von Migration und Demokratie. Eingangs wird diskutiert, inwieweit Zugangs- und politische Rechte für Migranten im liberalen und demokratischen Staatsverständnis angelegt sind, oder ob diese von innen und außen erkämpft werden müssen. Darauf werden die demokratischen Defizite von Zie...
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In 2015 more than one million refugees were seeking protection in the EU, the majority fleeing war and violence in the Middle East and heading towards a few EU-member states like Austria, Germany and Sweden. This is a small number compared to the overall prob-lem of persons being forced to leave their homes because of war and persecution. In 2016 t...
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This book discusses whether labor migration can affect democratization processes and what impact the political order of the host country can have on this potential effect. In migration research, studies on the influence of return migrants on the societies in their home countries are still few and predominantly concentrate on the economic dimension...
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Dieser Sammelband zeigt die vielfältigen Verbindungen von Migration und Demokratie auf. In Zeiten zunehmender transnationaler Migration stellt sich die Frage nach der politischen Partizipation von Migrantinnen und Migranten auf einer Vielzahl von Ebenen: Im Ziel- wie im Herkunftsland, in der Kommune, durch transnationales politisches Engagement sow...
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This special issue discusses the relationship between civil society and democracy in South and Southeast Asia. The case studies range from the subnational and national to the transnational and regional levels. Based on these case studies from across South and Southeast Asia, the role of civil society in a number of currently unfolding democratic an...
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This article is situated in the literature on the democratization of international institutions. The research puzzle presented is how civil society can increase participation in a regional organization with mostly nondemocratic member states and which has very limited space for non-state political engagement. This increased participation is seen as...
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Most literature on migration governance has addressed the global level, and it has done so primarily from a state-centric and top-down perspective, with little regard to the role of civil society organizations in shaping its direction. Moreover, in an institutional sense, except for the EU, the regional level has only received scant attention, whic...
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The 2014 ASEAN Civil Society Conference (ACSC) in Yangon, Myanmar, saw a record attendance and provided a surprisingly open space for civil society. But the opposing trends of democratic developments and authoritarian backlash in the member states have also had significant repercussions at the regional level. http://www.giga-hamburg.de/de/system/fi...
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The ASEAN Economic Community clearly has the potential to lead to significant job growth in the region. But to reap these benefits, the ASEAN member states have to step up regional policies on labour migration: first, they have to live up to the ambitious plans for free movement of skilled labour, and, second, develop a regional approach towards mi...
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During the past decade there has been an increased level of activity surrounding the governance, at the global level, of worker migration. One of the discursive frameworks under which much migration policy is discussed is the migration-development nexus. Parallel to state-led efforts such as international commissions and fora, has been the formatio...
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The disciplining of migration includes the way this issue is framed on the global level: The securitization of migration, the technical concept of “migration management” and the promotion of the “migration and development mantra” were all put on the agenda by nation-states and international organizations (IOs). But in recent years, migrant organiza...
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The emerging global governance of migration is dominated by two discourses which shape policy approaches: 1) migration management and 2) the migration-development nexus. With large numbers of labour migrants being marginalised, migrant rights organisations have formed global alliances to argue for the centrality of a third discourse, the rights-bas...
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The major theories of International Relations (IRT) differ significantly as far as their concepts of conflict and cooperation are concerned. However, they share one common denominator: They are deeply rooted in Western experiences and intellectual history. Recently, a growing literature on the possibilities and benefits of a non-Western IRT has eme...
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The major theories of International Relations (IRT) differ significantly as far as their concepts of conflict and cooperation are concerned. However, they share one common denominator: They are deeply rooted in Western experiences and intellectual history. Recently, a growing literature on the possibilities and benefits of a non-Western IRT has eme...
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This thesis analyses the political activism of Philippine and Indonesian migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong by employing the concept of transnational political spaces. Studying the „bottom up“ consequences of transnationalization (Faist 2004) has brought migration research closer to the multiple ties which link migrants to their home country. B...
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Times have been tough for the concept of the nation-state: the early literature on globalization predicted its impending decline, giving way to ‘a new transnational political geography’ (Sassen 1998, p. xxi) or ‘deterritorialization’ (Scholte 2000, p. 3), as research on transnational phenomena took off during the 1990s across the social sciences (J...
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In the foreseeable future, it seems, the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) is here to stay. The third meeting of the Forum in Athens in November 2009 marked the end of the first half of a journey leading up to the proposed next UN High Level Dialogue on Migration in 2013. The host countries of the next three GFMD meetings have alread...
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The link between development and migration has been termed the 'new development mantra'. Studies on the subject have so far mostly focused on economic remittances, and the potential consequences of return migration on democratisation have been rarely touched upon. This article attests the potential of the migration experience to affect migrants' at...
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The article provides an introduction into this EJEAS issue on democratisation and international migration. Third Wave democratisation and the recent unprecedented increase in international labour migration may have the same structural origins, but so far few attempts have been made to link the two research agendas. One explanation might be that exi...
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Global governance“ and the „migration and development nexus“ are among the latest buzzwords in academia and policy discourses alike. The 2nd Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), held in October 2008 in Manila, provided an ample litmus test for these concepts. In a way, the GFMD – a new, non-binding forum which was deliberately establis...

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To analyse the multiple links between Migration and Democracy/Democratisation from a multi-level / bottom-up perspecitve.
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Analyzing the emerging global migration governance framework, including processes and fora such as the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) and the Global compacts on Migration and Refugees. The main focus is on global migration governance from below - the role of migrant and refugee civil society in the deliberations and the potential for the democratization of international institutions.