Nothing About Us Without Us – Migrant Leadership Convening

Organising a transnational movement

The Transatlantic Migrant Democracy Dialogue (TMDD) is a partnership that trains and connects immigrant and refugee leaders in the US and Europe. The partnership involves Migration Policy Group, National Partnership for New Americans and the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America, in coordination with the German Federal Network of Migrant Organisations, the Greek Refugee Forum, Immigrant Council of Ireland, Migrants Organise UK, Moniheli ry (Finland).
Immigrants and refugees around the world face an unprecedented attack on their rights and solidarity. We believe that the best way to resist anti-immigrant sentiment and strengthen our democracies is to empower immigrant leaders. They must be able to organise locally, nationally and internationally and build alliances with other civil society movements.

Following our transatlantic exchanges, TMDD organised the 1st "Democracy Camp" in 2017 in Hamburg for 30 leaders. We now secured resources for another convening in Dublin, Ireland from 12-14th October 2018 for up to 50.

Who is this event for?

First, we are looking for accomplished immigrant and refugee leaders supporting communities in the EU. Whatever you do, you must be ready to share and learn about new ways to address these systemic challenges in an organised way. 

Second, participants should be interested and/or working in community organising. While there are many great networks, platforms and coalitions on immigrant rights, we do not have a powerful transnational network of migrant and refugee leaders working together to influence public opinion, debates and policies. Community organising represents the core strategy, which can then be completed by research, advocacy, services, communication & electoral participation.

Last, a long-term commitment is asked of participants beyond the 3 days of the training. They should not only bring the training back to their local partners. They must be prepared to mentor and cooperate together as leaders to achieve justice and dignity for all.

The training is organised around five tracks on core skills and strategies:

1. Community organising: to train and develop leaders, select and win issue-based campaigns and to transform service-oriented integration initiatives.

2. Community navigators: to train and develop community volunteers to inform, advise and support via legal services, intercultural mediation, interpretation, etc.

3. Alliance building: to identify and secure key allies for advocacy, campaigns and welcoming strategies.

4. Citizenship & electoral campaigns: to inform and encourage immigrant communities to become voters, citizens and civically active.

5. Strategic communication: to convey a campaign’s goals with compelling messages and messengers targeted to different audiences.

Please complete this application form by 20 August

To tailor our 3 day training together, we need all potential participants to answer the questions in our form. The application process is competitive as space is limited and interest is high. The costs of travel and accommodation are covered. Let us know if you need a visa to Ireland so that we can make arrangements in time. 

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* 1. What is your first and your last name?

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* 2. What is your email address?

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* 3. On which mobile telephone number can we easily reach you?

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* 4. What is your date of birth?

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* 6. About how many years have you lived in this country?

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* 7. What is your immigration status?

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* 9. What is the name of the main organisation or group with which you are affiliated?

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* 10. What is their main website or social media page?

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* 11. About how long have you been affiliated with this organisation?

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* 12. Overall, about how long have you been working with immigrants & refugees?

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* 13. How big is your organisation/group in terms of members?

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* 14. If your organisation receives funding, what is your estimate of its annual budget? (in euros)

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* 15. Where is your main area of work in terms of city, region, state or country?

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* 16. With which immigrant groups do you work the most?

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* 17. Briefly describe who are your main partner organisations (NGOs, governments, local volunteers, other immigrant organisations?)

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* 18. Please tell us about yourself, your personal journey and what motivates you to be involved in working for the rights of migrants and refugees? (300 words)

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* 19. Tell us about the key issues and challenges in your work now? (100 words)

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* 20. What is the change you want to see and achieve in your work (100 words)?

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* 21. Have you taken any public actions or organised a campaign? If yes what was the outcome? (100 words)

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* 22. Have you worked with other national or international coalitions or networks? If yes please let us know which ones.

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* 23. What would you like to take away from this convening? What would be the most useful for your leadership development and you future work. (300 words)

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* 24. Please provide the names and email addresses of TWO people who are familiar with your work and willing to provide you a written reference.

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