Weekly Update, 19 March 2021
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April 2021

Upcoming Meeting

8 April 2021
    Subcommittee Time: 11:00am - 11:50am (EST)
    General Meeting:  12:00pm - 1:30pm (EST)

Due to Covid-19 response measures, no in-person meeting will be held in March. Please join us via video conference. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

New Civil Society Webinar Series Focusing on the International Migration Review Forum

Between April 13 and May 11, 2021, and in the lead up to the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) in 2022, four webinars will be organized to reflect on the four strategic areas of :
  • Migration, COVID-19 and a New Social Contract (13 April)
  • Race & Discrimination (20 April)
  • Regular Pathways and Irregular Migration (4 May)
  • Detention and Return (11 May)

This series of four webinars will mark the start of an extended global civil process highlighting priorities on the ground and bringing to light ambitious interpretations of the Global Compact for Migration and states obligations under it.

This will be the beginning of an extensive and inclusive civil society mobilization culminating in the International Migration Review Forum.

This is a collective civil society process by regional and global civil society networks including Migrant Forum Asia (MFA), the Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism (GRFDT), the Cross Regional Center for Refugees and Migrants (CCRM), the Civil Society Action Committee (CSAC)Alianza Americas, and the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM).

Keep an eye on the weekly updates for more details!


Call for Ideas: ICVA Virtual Annual Conference 2021

On 25 and 26 May 2021 ICVA (International Concil of Voluntary Agencies) will host its second virtual annual conference on the theme: Climate, environment and humanitarian action: How can NGOs mitigate and adapt?

The conference will focus on the role that NGOs play in adapting the way we work to better prepare to climate and environment change so that we leave no one behind. It will bring together ICVA members, NGOs, NGO fora, States, donors, UN agencies, experts and other climate and environment sector stakeholders to share their experiences, lessons learned, challenges and ways forward around these issues.

The conference aims to:
  • Increase awareness on the challenging contexts under which NGOs already are and will have to operate.
  • Enable members and partners to share and learn from each other.
  • Create opportunities for exchange and dialogue between ICVA members, NGOs and other actors in the humanitarian and climate/environment sectors on how to mitigate challenges, be prepared and support NGOs to deliver in the future.
  • Identify where more collective action and evidence is required, building on partners and membership strengths.

Call for Ideas from Members and Partners: ICVA would like to hear from you

Please contact ICVA if you have ideas around the theme that you would like to contribute to and showcase during our annual conference. It can be either in a plenary session or during the break-out (World café) sessions (more in the concept note). You can share through:

  • Organizational change: Lessons learned on how your organization is changing the way you work, your strategies, structures, governance etc. to do no harm and be more climate and environment friendly
  • Program and Operational Change: how your organization is adapting programs and operations to be more climate and environment friendly and improve community capacities to adapt to climate and environment change
  • Regional and country examples, experiences and perspectives of how your organization is mitigating and adapting to climate and environment change (programs, organizational structure, operations etc.)
  • Initiatives, tools, guidance, projects, and ways of working related to the theme
  • Ideas for other speakers that you think would be interesting to hear from

Send in a paragraph indicating what it is you would like to discuss and any other suggestions to by 22 March.


Now Available: GFMD Civil Society Report 

The GFMD Civil Society Coordinating Office is excited to share with you the Civil Society Report of the 2020 GFMD Civil Society Preparatory Meeting (CSPM) and 13th Summit of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).

The report provides an insight into the participation of civil society in the year-long process of the 2020 GFMD, in a crucial moment for international migration due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also presents civil society thematic priority outcomes and recommendations regarding the future of the GFMD resulting from of our civil society discussions at the CSPM and Summit. 

We invite you to take a look at the Report to discover the civil society priorities that will shape our advocacy during the course of this year! 

Read the executive summary here and the full report here

UN Network on Migration Briefing

Many thanks to all those who were able to join the first Coordinator's briefing of 2021. 

You will find statements delivered at the meeting by Member States and the Coordinator here.

This was the first of a series of quarterly briefings. The proposed dates for the other subsequent meetings can be found in the Network calendar here.

We invite you to participate in the Migration Network Hub, which was formally launched at the briefing. A press release commemorating the occasion has also been issued.

For more information of the Migration Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) visit our website here. You may also find the latest on our Champion countries initiative here.


Asian-Pacific Trade Unions, Civil Society Organizations, and Networks Withdraw from the First Regional Review of GCM

Asian-Pacific Trade Unions and Asian and Pacific Society Organizations and Networks delivered a statement, denouncing the process leading up to the first Regional Review of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), which took place 10-12 March 2021. In this statement, they announced their official and complete withdrawal from the current round of the review process. 

"Preparations for the review has failed to guarantee a fair, transparent and inclusive procedures. Instead, it has been used to undermine, sideline and silence the organized voices of trade unions and civil society active on the ground and whose presence and self-organized processes in the region predates the GCM. Given the seriousness of the matter and since dialogue at this critical hour is likely to yield very little tangible outcomes, we announce our complete and official withdrawal from the first Regional Review  of the GCM in the Asia Pacific region."

The statement expresses a commitment to the implementation of the GCM, and calls on Member States and stakeholders to do the same, encouraging future reviews "be deeply deliberated upon to guarantee a process that is truly transparent, accountable, representative, and incorporates the views and allows for the participation of all stakeholders."

Read the statement of official withdrawal here

Read Shiella Estrada's (migrant and domestic worker) intervention from the Opening Plenary of the Asia-Pacific Regional Review here.

The UN has responded to the statement of withdrawal. Read our next weekly update to learn more details about this response.

UPDATE: Watch the recording of the statement William Gois delivered, on behalf of CSOs/Trade Unions/Youth Organizations, at the closing ceremony of the first Asia-Pacific Regional Review on the GCM, here.

Renew your CoM Membership & Join a Subcommittee!

NGO CoMWe are continuing the process of collecting annual membership dues and convening subcommittees.

The NGO Committee on Migration organizes many of its activities through member participation in the following four subcommittees:

  • Environment / Climate-Induced Displacement
  • Migrant & Refugee Children
  • Migrants in Situations of Vulnerability / Mixed Migration
  • Xenophobia & Social Inclusion
By formally joining a subcommittee, you will be able to receive a link to access the online subcommittee gatherings, which precede the general portion of each Member Meeting.

Click here to renew your CoM membership and here to join one of the four subcommittees listed above!


Multi-Stakeholder Initiative: It Takes a Community

The GFMD Working Group on Public Narratives on Migration developed a collaborative campaign that aims to shift the narrative on migration by sharing stories about the positive impact migration can have on communities worldwide.

It Takes A Community is about celebrating how all people, regardless of where they are born, contribute to making our communities feel like home. By highlighting how migrants and their fellow community members are working together to make the places where they live and work more productive, innovative, caring, safe and welcoming, we can challenge misinformation about migration and build more inclusive communities. Help us show how migration enriches communities by sharing stories of your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and classmates from around the world who are making your community a better place.

Find out how you can be a part of the #ItTakesACommunity campaign by clicking here.

30 March: Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM). "Ensuring the COVID-19 Vaccine Reaches Undocumented Migrants." *Flyer *Register

26-28 April: GCM Regional Review in Latin America and the Caribbean. *Details and Register

25 & 26 May: International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA). Annual Conference. "Climate, Environment, and Humanitarian Action: How Can NGOs Mitigate and Adapt?" *Concept note *Details


CSW Events

The NGO Committee on Migration would like to call your attention to the following CSW parallel events, pertaining to migration: 

14-26 March: NGO CSW (Commission on the Status of Women) Forum. *Details *Register

19 March: P.E.A.C.E., FAWCO, Graduate UN International. "Achieving Social Protection: A Teaching and Advocacy Curriculum." 10:30am-12:00pm (EDT) *Details

19 March: International Association of Applied Psychology. "Mitigating Transgenerational Trauma of Latina Migrant Women to Achieve Empowerment." 10:30am-12:00pm (EDT) *Details

20 March: Beyond Our Status Congolese Alliance. "The Impact of Limited Technological Implements on Congolese Women and Girls in Nyarugusu Refugee Camp (Tanzania) and South Kivu (Democratic Republic of Congo)." 11:30am-1:30pm (EDT) *Details

22 March: Global Goals Initiative. "Ensuring Full Participation of Migrant and Ethnic Women in Post-COVID-19 Responses and Decision-Making." 6:00pm-7:30pm (EDT) *Details

23 March: Women Graduates USA, Loyola University Chicago, National Autonomous University of Mexico. "Reclaiming Our Humanity: The Urgent Need for Women's  Leadership in Addressing Migration Issues." 4:00pm-6:00pm (EDT) *Details

24 March: Zonta International. "Migration and Immigrants' Inclusion Based on SDGs." 7:00am-9:00am (EDT) *Details

25 March: Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women. "Gender, Migration and Work: Lived experiences of migrant and trafficked women in South America and Canada." 12:00pm-2:00pm (EDT) *Details

Event Recordings

Women in Migration Network. Launch of new report "No Borders to Equality." Watch here.

Mixed Migration Center. Virtual Launch of M4i Interactive: A portal for exploration and visualization of data on mixed migration. Watch here.


Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM). Navigating Irregularity: The Impact of Growing Up Undocumented in Europe. *PDF

Migration Policy Institute and Durable Solutions Platform. A Bridge to Firmer Ground: Learning from International Experiences to Support Pathways to Solutions in the Syrian Refugee Context. *Website *PDF

Women in Migration Network. No Borders to Equality: Global Mapping of Organizations Working on Gender and Migration. *Interactive website *PDF

Journal on Migration and Human Security. In 2019, the U.S. Undocumented Population Continued a Decade-Long Decline and the Foreign-Born Population Neared Zero Growth. *Website *PDF

UNICEF. Building Bridges for Every Child: Reception, Care and Services to Support Unaccompanied Children in the United States. *Website *PDF


Center for Migration Studies. Real Needs, Not Fictitious Crises Account for the Situation at US-Mexico Border.

BBC. What is Happening with Migrant Children at the Southern US Border?

Climate Refugees. Climate Change, Forced Displacement, Peace & Security: Biden Administration Actions that Ensure Rights.

Al Jazeera. US Says it is Facing Biggest Migrant Surges in 20 Years

The New Humanitarian. As a doctor in a European refugee camp, I found deep neglect and xenophobia.

The Guardian. Refugee Rescuers Charged in Italy with Complicity in People Smuggling.

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

Renew Your CoM Membership! 

The membership renewal form for the September 2020-August 2021 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: 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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