Weekly Update, 1 January 2021
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January 2021

Upcoming Meeting

14 January 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 January. Please join us via video conference. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.


Deadline Extended: Contribute to efforts of the UN Network on Migration's thematic working group 3 on regular pathways

The United Nations Network on Migration was established to ensure effective, timely and coordinated system-wide support to States in their implementation, follow up and review of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

Thematic Working Group 3 on Pathways for Admission and Stay to Address and Reduce Vulnerabilities Faced by Migrants is one of six thematic working groups established under the Network, tasked with “Strengthening States’ capacities to expand regular migration pathways, including admission and stay, and to address and reduce vulnerabilities faced by migrants”. The Working Group is comprised of representatives of UN agencies, civil society organizations and technical experts from across the world, and is co-convened by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, ACT Alliance and the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network.

In order to support this work, the Network would be most grateful to receive relevant information from you via the attached questionnaire, which seeks to gauge the extent to which safe and regular pathways are currently available and accessible to migrants in situations of vulnerability, including in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Information provided in response to this questionnaire will be used by the Network to develop targeted guidance and tools, and to pilot this guidance, inter alia through the facilitation of peer-to-peer exchanges with Member States, UN partners, and other stakeholders, and will not be made public.

Additional details may be found here, and a link to the questionnaire may be found here. Please send all information by 11 January 2021 to . Due to a limited capacity for translation, UN Network on Migration kindly requests that your submissions be in English. 

Center for Migration Studies is Seeking Immigrant New Yorkers to Participate in Research Study

The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) is conducting an important new study on immigrants’ access to programs, benefits and services offered by New York City and non-profit service providers. The goal of the study is to help the New York City government and service providers better serve immigrant New Yorkers. Their research team is seeking immigrant New Yorkers to participate in a 1-hour phone or video interview for this study. Participation will be confidential and will help researchers and government officials understand the challenges faced by immigrants in New York City. 

Click on the appropriate flyer for details regarding the study and how to participate (English, Spanish, Chinese).


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!


Miniila App: A Tool to Help Migrant Children

Missing Children Europe launched a series of videos from young newcomers and young videographers based in Italy and Belgium. They want to spread the word about the Miniila app, a digital tool designed to help more young newcomers to stay safe and informed. 

The Miniila app gives children access to child friendly and up to date information on their rights and provides support wherever they are in Europe. It is tailored to the needs of children in migration, with a focus on facilitating access to understandable information about dedicated services such as shelter, food, and health in the area they are in. 

Miniila App: A helping hand for young newcomers
5 January: GCM Objective Review Series. GCM Objective 16: Empower migrants and societies to realize full inclusion and social cohesion. *Details

13 January: Children and the Global Compact on Refugees. A year since the Global Refugee Forum: What now? Interactive online event hosted by the Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts. 9:00am-10:15am (EST) *Details
See our DIGITAL CALENDAR for a complete record of upcoming migration events with all relevant details! To get automatic CoM calendar updates in your personal Google calendar, open the link above and click on the Google logo in the bottom-right corner.


Migration Policy Institute. How Will International Migration Policy and Sustainable Development Affect Future Climate-Related Migration?. *Website *PDF

Migration Policy Institute. New Approaches to Climate Change and Migration: Building the Adaptive Capacity of Mobile Populations. *Website *PDF

Franciscans International. Tearing Down the Walls: Challenging myths about migration from a human rights perspective. *Website *PDF (English, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish)

International Journal of Law in Context. Using Detention to Talk About the Elephant in the Room: the Global Compact for Migration and the significance of its neglect of the UN Migrant Workers Convention. Read here.

Civil Society Action Committee. Which way forward on the implementation of the Global Compact for Migration in the era of Covid-19: Objective 5 and international cooperation are the keys. Read here.

Hope Border Institute. Root Causes of US Migration. Read here

Migration Policy Institute. The Divergent Trajectories of the Global Migration and Refugee Compacts: Implementation amid crisis. *Website *PDF

UN Refugee Agency. UNHCR Recommendations to the European Union: Resettlement Needs and Key Priorities for 2021. Read here.



'I Would Never Go Back': Horrors grow in Ethiopia's conflict

As COVID-19 Vaccine Rolls Out, Undocumented Immigrants Fear Deportation after Seeking Dose

Bangladesh to Ship New Group of Rohingya Refugees to Remote Island

CoM Documents

CASC Response to Crisis at Greece-Turkey Border, March 2020
Civil Society Action Committee's statement of March 2020

CoM 2019 Member Feedback
Summary of our member responses to our 2019 member questionnaire

CSAC Map of Civil Society Implementation of the GCM
Civil Society Action Committee's map of 2019 activities

***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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