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Weekly Update, 1 July 2022
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REMINDER: The NGO Committee on Migration will not be meeting during the months of July and August. We will reconvene in September 2022.

The NGO Committee on Migration will also be taking a break from email updates for the months of July and August. We will resume weekly email updates at the beginning of September.
 

2022 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
 

The 2022 meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will be held from Tuesday, 5 July, to Thursday, 7 July, and from Monday, 11 July, to Friday, 15 July 2022, under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. This includes the three-day ministerial segment of the forum from Wednesday, 13 July, to Friday, 15 July 2022. The high level segment of the Council will conclude with a final day on 18 July 2022.

The theme for the 2022 HLPF is “Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

As the world is struggling to recover from COVID-19 amidst continuing crises, the HLPF will reflect on how recovery policies can reverse the negative impacts of the pandemic on the SDGs and move countries on to a path to realize the vision of the 2030 Agenda.

The HLPF will also review in-depth Sustainable Development Goals: 4 on quality education, 5 on gender equality, 14 on life below water, 15 on life on land, and 17 on partnerships for the Goals. It will take into account the different impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic across all Sustainable Development Goals and the integrated, indivisible and interlinked nature of the Goals.

44 countries will present voluntary national reviews (VNRs) of their implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) will be sponsoring a virtual side event at the HLPF on 15 July from 1:00-2:30pm (EDT). Details on the event, titled "Actioning the commitments of the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) progress declaration to advance the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development." will be forthcoming. Save the date and check the HLPF website listing of side events for updated information.

For more information on the forum please see the following website:  https://hlpf.un.org/2022


 

Why is it important to engage in the 2022 HLPF?

As a partner with Member States in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GMC) which Member States adopted in furtherance of the SDGs, NGOs have a huge investment in ensuring progress in the implementation of the SDGs. Their participation is critical, therefore, in the annual meetings of the HLPF, which provide an overall assessment of progress as well as a focused review of several specific SDGs each year.

For NGOs seeking solutions to the needs of 
migrants and  refugees, attention to, and participation in, this year’s review of quality education, gender equality, and partnerships, provided through the contribution of 44 Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) covering situations across the globe, is an opportunity not to be missed.

 



People's Migration Challenge: Public IMRF Debrief

The People's Migration Challenge (PMC) invites you to join them for a reflection on the first International Migration Review Forum (IMRF), as well as on ways forward in the implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). 

Join this event on Tuesday, 5 July 2022, from 9:00am-10:30am (EDT). The PMC will also be joined by distinguished panelists representing government, UN, civil society, and other stakeholders.

Panelists will include: 

  • Fernando de la Mora, Coordinator for Economic, Social, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations
  • Helena Olea Rodriguez, Associate Director for Programs, Alianza Americas
  • Jonathan Prentice, Head of Secretariat, United Nations Network for Migration
  • Elana Wong, Co-Global Focal Point for the Migration Youth & Children Platform


Click here to view the event flyer, and click here to register.
 



NNiRR Releases Statement Calling for Action to Support Families of the Tragedy in San Antonio and to Address the Crisis of Migrant Deaths
 

The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNiRR) extends our condolences and solidarity to the families of the migrants who perished and who were injured while traveling in a trailer truck in San Antonio, Texas. The trailer was carrying at least 58 people, including women and children. At least 16 survivors have been taken to area hospitals, and 46 bodies were identified as deceased. 

For decades, NNIRR has called attention to the mounting human rights catastrophe occurring at the US-Mexico border, an outcome of the U.S.' militarized response to people in migration. This approach has pushed thousands of migrants and asylum-seekers – with no channels to obtain visas or permits for regular migration–to their deaths as they undertake dangerous migration journeys. 

"Every week, NNIRR and grassroots groups along the border assist families searching for missing migrants. Some are found at hospitals or detention centers; frequently, we have to inform families that their sons or daughters disappeared along the desert. These families do not have a visa to come to the U.S. to visit morgues or search the trails where their loved ones were last seen. The pain and trauma are unquantifiable," said Alma Maquitico, NNIRR's Director."

The U.S.-Mexico border is one of the deadliest in the world. Migrants are perishing from heat, drownings, car accidents, and being trafficked in packed vehicles without ventilation as they attempt to circumvent border checkpoints as well as checkpoints dozens of miles away from the borderline. Preliminary Border Patrol figures reveal that 557 migrants died in 2021. In Texas – like other migrant corridors in California and Arizona - migrants are forced to travel in isolated areas where they get lost, ill, or separated from their group. As the Border Patrol's strategic plan predicts, the "hostile terrain" will result in death. The consequences of militarized migration management approaches have been documented and denounced for years.

NNIRR will soon be releasing a Spotlight Report and Human Rights Mapping Project, documenting the lethal consequences of U.S. immigration policy and enforcement on the lives of migrants, asylum-seekers, and border communities. 

San Antonio is another tragic reminder that death and suffering are the central and intended consequences of the immigration deterrence model. We urge the U.S. policymakers to address this human rights crisis immediately. Similarly, we urge our partners and allies to advocate for immigration legislation that places human rights at the center of our border policies and reject efforts to further securitize and militarize the borderlands. 

NNiRR urges U.S. policymakers:

  • To assess all laws, policies, operations, and procedures to ensure the centrality of the human rights and dignity of all migrants.
  • To address the root causes of the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, and end all U.S. immigration deterrence laws, policies, and operations.
  • To create long-term rights-centered channels for regular immigration.
  • To respect the international right to asylum law and due process for all migrants including allowing asylum seekers to await hearings within the United States.
  • To investigate the specific impacts of border security on Indigenous, Latinxs of Indigenous descent, and Black migrants.
  • To create a mechanism that effectively and humanely responds to migrant's emergency 911 calls.
  • To create a humanitarian DNA database that includes family reference samples from Mexico, Central America, and other countries with an explicit prohibition on using this information for criminalization.
  • To provide emergency humanitarian visas for families to travel to the U.S. to repatriate remains and for witnesses who know where remains are located to assist in searches. 
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The Latin American CLAMOR Network (Latin American and Caribbean Ecclesial Network on Migration, Displacement, Refuge and Human Trafficking) and the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM), also released a statement, making visible and calling for justice for the dozens of victims in San Antonio, Texas. Click here to access the statement, in Spanish. 

 



UNNM Releases IMRF Summary Reports and Endorsement of the Progress Declaration by the General Assembly

The United Nations Network on Migration (UNNM) extends its gratitude to the contributors and participants of the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF). It recently released a number of resources from the IMRF, which the NGO Committee on Migration would like to call your attention to, including:
 

  • The summary report from the Multi-stakeholder Hearing, which directly preceded the IMRF. The summary can also be found on the UNNM website here. Access the full statements from all the event panelists here. In addition, the recording of the morning session can be watched here and the recording of the afternoon session can be found here.
  • The summary report of the IMRF (plenary, round tables, and policy debate). The report is also available online.
  • The Progress Declaration of the IMRF (contained in resolution A/76/L.58) formally endorsed by consensus of the General Assembly on 7 June 2022. 
  • For full and detailed coverage of the plenary meeting, please see the UN Web TV recording.
 


Welcoming a New NGO CoM Executive Committee

On 9 June 2022, the NGO Committee on Migration (NGO CoM) held an election to determine the composition of the Executive Committee for the coming 2022-2023 UN calendar year. We welcome the following individuals to the Executive Committee and new positions within it:

  • Chair: Cecilie Kern, Mercy International Association
  • Vice-Chair: Christine Mangale, Lutheran World Federation
  • Secretary: Sanjana Ragudaran, Poverty Elimination and Community Education Foundation
  • Treasurer: Nermin Ahmad, International Federation of Business and Professional Women
  • Member at Large: Pamela Morgan, Zonta International
  • Member at Large: Marciana Popescu, International Association of Schools of Social Work
  • Member at Large: Emeka Iloegbu, World Federation of Public Health Associations


Please join us in expressing immense gratitude to the individuals who will be rotating off the Executive Committee. We thank Maria Pia Belloni, Joe Klock, and Michelle Bell for all of their important contributions to the Executive Committee and the work of the NGO CoM. The achievements of the NGO Committee on Migration would not be possible without the efforts of these dedicated individuals. 
 



Post-IMRF Civil Society Recap

The first International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) was held from 17-20 May 2022, to discuss and share progress on the implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM).

The Civil Society Action Committee (AC) released a summary of the IMRF, including details and reflections about the civil society preparatory day, the multi-stakeholder meeting, the forum itself, and the resulting Progress Declaration. 

Click here to access the AC's IMRF recap.

 

Take Action: Urge Your State & Local Leaders to Support Refugee Resettlement in FY 2023 

Right now, the Biden administration is considering how many refugees the United States will commit to resettling in Fiscal Year 2023. With 100 million displaced people in the world, including more than 36 million refugees, it is vital that President Biden set a robust refugee admissions goal and invest in strengthening our nation’s capacity to welcome.

Now is the time for state and local elected leaders to take a stand and urge the President to welcome refugees in the coming fiscal year. Reach out to your mayor, city council members, state legislators, and governors to ensure that the voices of state and local communities are heard!

Here are the top ways to take action:

  1. Contact Your State and Local Elected Leaders: Ask your local lawmakers to sign this letter by August 29th, calling on the President to meet his commitment to resettle refugees now and in fiscal year 2023. You can look up your local elected officials here and here. You can access sample emails/call scripts here, a template outreach email to elected leaders is here, or fill out an auto-generated action alert here.
  2. Amplify on Social Media: To tweet your state and local officials, click to find the twitter handles for your governor and state legislators. Sample tweets and graphics for the state and local elected official sign-on letter are available here.

Church World Service thanks you for taking action, and asks you to please share this alert with your networks!
 



It Takes a Community: Contribute Your Stories
 

The NGO Committee on Migration's Subcommittee on Xenophobia, Racism and Social Inclusion is looking for positive migrant stories!

We aim to inspire dialogue and transformation through sharing positive narratives about migrants and their local communities. Together with with iTAC (It Takes a Community), a social media campaign of the Civil Society Mechanism of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), we seek to highlight the transformative power of migrant contributions to individual growth and community development as migrants overcome xenophobia and racism and gain recognition and acceptance.

Reach out to your networks, gather these stories (you may be surprised yourselves by what they tell you!), and send them to ngomigrationstories@gmail.com

For more details, please click here.

 

5 July: People's Migration Challenge. "PMC: Public IMRF Debrief." 9:00am-10:30am (EDT). *Flyer *Register

15 July: IOM. HLPF side event, "Actioning the commitments of the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) progress declaration to advance the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development." 1:00pm-2:30pm (EDT). *Save the date and check the HLPF website listing of side events for additional details

 

Event Recordings

Click here to access recordings of many of the side events and sessions of the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF).

 

CoM Resources


NGO Committee on Migration four-pager, entitled Priorities and Practices for Solutions in the SDGs, the Global Compact for Migration, and the International Migration Review Forum in 2022 and Beyond.



NGO Committee on Migration two-sider position paper addressing unified Priorities for the UN High-Level Political Forum 2021 (HLPF), advocated directly to 38 governments, the HLPF facilitators, and the President of the UN General Assembly


NGO Committee on Migration Report of a Survey on Migrant and Refugee Victims of Xenophobia, Racism and Intolerance in the Context of the Coronavirus Pandemic


NGO Committee on Migration infographic Debunking Myths to End Xenophobia (also available in French and Spanish)






 NGO Committee on Migration brochure on Climate-Induced Displacement





NGO Committee on Migration infographic booklet Children in Migration Matter





***Visit the CoM website for additional resources***

 


Reports and Policy Briefs
 

IOM. "The Impacts of COVID-19 on Migration and Migrants from a Gender Perspective." *Website & PDF

Border Violence Monitoring Network. "Criminalisation Report: Accused of Solidarity." *Website & PDF


Migration Policy Institute. "Embedding Reintegration Assistance for Returning Migrants in the Local Context: The Role of Referrals." *Website & PDF

Center for Migration Studies. "Social Determinants of Immigrants' Health in New York City: A Study of Six Neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens." *Website & PDF

World Bank. "Building Resilient Migration Systems in the Mediterranean Region: Lessons from COVID-19." *Website & PDF

IOM. "Migration and the SDGs: Measuring Progress." *Website & PDF

Center for Migration Studies. IMRF summary, "International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) 2022: Implementation and the Road Ahead for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration." *Website

Migration Policy Institute. "Humanitarian Pathways for Central Americans: Assessing Opportunities for the Future." *Website & PDF

Migration Policy Institute. "From Fear to Solidarity: The Difficulty in Shifting Public Narratives about Refugees." *PDF

Migration Policy Institute. "COVID-19 and the State of Global Mobility in 2021." *Website & PDF

Caritas France. "The Implementation of the Global Compact for Migration." *PDF in English, French, and Spanish

IOM. "The Migration Governance Indicators (MGI): A key tool for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration implementation - Guidance Note." *Website & PDF


UNHCR. "Climate Change, Displacement and Human Rights." *PDF

IOM. "International Dialogue on Migration No.31: Accelerating integrated action on sustainable development: Migration, the environment and climate change." *Website & PDF

IOM. World Migration Report 2022. *Website
 

Renew Your CoM Membership! 

The membership renewal form for the September 2021-August 2022 term is available here. Please submit it with dues of $40 for this year to keep your organization in good standing!

Submit Your Member Profile!
Tell us how the CoM can best leverage your skills, passion, and expertise by submitting a Member Profile Form. Just one form is needed per organization, so if your NGO has not already submitted a form, please complete and send one to: ngomigrationcommittee@gmail.com as soon as possible.

Have notes or summaries from any migration-related events?
Send them to the Executive Committee or upload them directly to the "Events" folder of the CoM Work Hub!

Have a story of migration or work with migrants in the field?
Send them to the Executive Committee for consideration as an addition to the collection on our "Member and Migrant Voices" web page!


 

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