Faced with the limitation of European borders, the outsourcing of the management of migratory flows, the restrictions on freedom of movement that result in serious human rights violations along migratory routes, on the roads and within Europe, the criminalization of solidarity and the need for effective public policies that promote equality and social justice for migrants and refugees:
The social movements, collectives and civil society organizations of various European countries consider it essential to hold the first European Social Forum on Migration (FSEM)
Another possible world: a clamor that moves us, engages us, and encourages us to defend life, promote solidarity, peace, and think about the future of the planet as our home. A pandemic has exposed the fragility of an exclusionary political, social, and economic system, incapable of safeguarding the human rights of immigrants and refugees.
A European social forum on migration, more than possible, is urgent and necessary! It is an opportunity to think collectively, from the perspective of regional social forums, about migration, the future of humanity and the future of the planet. It is an invitation to think of migrations as a central axis in the construction of a new inclusive and integrally ethical framework for a sustainable future with Social Justice.
A forum of hope and a call to action, of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the promotion of universal citizenship and the well-being of the entire human family, of the great community of life and of future generations.
The Social Forum on Migration (WSFM) was born in Porto Alegre in 2004, as an axis of the World Social Forum, and its main goal is the construction of convergences and alternative models for a participative governance of migrations. It is a horizontal, decentralized and self-managed process, whose dynamic of construction and realization privileges spaces for democratic discussion, with exchange of experiences, learning, academic production and articulation among a diversity of social actors that work with migration and refugee issues.
Over more than 16 years since its origins, the forum has been held in Brazil 2004 and 2016, Spain 2006 and 2008, Ecuador 2010, Philippines 2012, South Africa 2014, and Mexico 2018. It was from the last global edition, held in Mexico, December 2018, that it was decided to hold, for the first time, regional processes, being the first Americas Social Forum on Migration held between October 22 and 25 in Uruguay, in the virtual modality. In all, 550 participants from 352 organizations and 38 countries were present in more than 30 virtual activities. The first European Social Forum on Migration is scheduled for March 2021 in Lisbon and will be held in mixed mode, involving virtual debates by thematic axes and face-to-face pre-forums, always following health standards.
Analyze migration policies and think about the future of human mobility, public policies, and asylum and integration practices after COVID-19.
Start a forum for dialogue, built from diasporas and with civil society organizations, for the implementation of alternative and participatory policies.
Develop a networking dynamic for civil society at the European level, involving a multiplicity of actors, with a prominent role for migrants and refugees.