Other Documents

Inserting Migrants into the Global Social Protection Floor

Marie-Hélène Ratel, Gabriel Williams, Keegan Williams, CIGI Junior Fellows Policy Brief, September 19, 2013

The Social Protection Floor (SPF) is a global initiative that provides security to vulnerable groups in all countries — including migrant workers, undocumented migrant workers, non-citizens and refugees. This brief, the final installment of the CIGI Junior Fellows 2013 policy brief series, provides an innovative method to measure the gaps in social protection in countries. The authors — Marie-Hélène Ratel, Gabriel Williams and Keegan Williams — discover that the gaps in social protection exist even in countries with higher income, such as Sweden. They conclude that the SPF Advisory Group must collaborate better with countries that have transit and which receive migrants, middle- and high-income countries, and regional organizations to reduce these gaps between citizens and non-citizens.

Effectively Engaging Diasporas Under the New Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development

Manuelle Chanoine, Meredith Giel, Tâmara Simão, CIGI Junior Fellows Policy Brief, July 16, 2013.

On March 21, 2013, it was announced that the Canadian International Development Agency and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade would merge into a new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). The second Jr. Fellows policy brief of 2013 explores the new opportunities that will emerge for a more coherent approach to diasporic engagement initiatives that combine the existing policy directions under a single umbrella. Authors Manuelle Chanoine, Meredith Giel and Tâmara Simão offer recommendations to DFATD about how to work with diasporas in Canada to facilitate and improve engagement with their respective sending regions. They note that engagement should vary according to different levels of formal and informal government diasporic engagement, ranging from countries with weak government engagement to those with strong engagement.