Weekly Update, 26 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.

Civil Society Action Committee Releases Policy Brief: Addressing Racism in Global Migration Governance and Policy

In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Civil Society Action Committee released a policy brief on Addressing Racism in Global Migration Governance and Policy

The brief is the first step for civil society to respond to the long-standing need to address race in migration more directly and to deepen and focus our joint global policy advocacy on race and discrimination, in partnership with States and other stakeholders. It proposes some avenues for immediate and longer-term action and calls upon all stakeholders to initiate a further joint reflection.

Read the policy brief here.


Freedom from Racial Discrimination is a Right, Not a Privilege

In marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the United Nations Network on Migration called on States to scale up efforts to condemn racial discrimination and to pursue, by all appropriate means, the elimination of all forms of discrimination.

In line with the obligations outlined in the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and the commitments made in the GCM, the Network called on States to: 
  • Amend any laws and regulations which have the effect of creating or perpetuating racial discrimination;
  • Enact, implement or maintain legislation that penalizes hate crimes and aggravated hate crimes targeting migrants;
  • Empower migrants and communities to denounce any acts of incitement to violence directed towards migrants by informing them of available mechanisms for redress;
  • Guarantee access to justice, including effective remedies for victims of hate crimes and other acts of violence that target migrants;
  • Ensure that all expressions, acts and manifestations of all forms of racism, racial discrimination, violence, xenophobia, and related intolerance are effectively addressed and those who actively participate in the commission of a hate crime targeting migrants are held accountable, in accordance with national legislation;
  • Take immediate and concrete measures, especially in the fields of education, culture, and information, to combat racial and xenophobic prejudice and promote understanding, tolerance, and friendship;
  • Ensure, in conformity with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the availability of high-quality, timely, reliable and disaggregated data, while upholding the right to privacy under international human rights law and protecting personal data;
  • Dedicate targeted resources to schools with a high concentration of migrant children for integration activities to promote respect for diversity and inclusion and prevent all forms of discrimination.
Read the full text in here (also available in French and Spanish). 

New Civil Society Webinar Series Focusing on the International Migration Review Forum
Between April 13 and May 18, 2021, and in the lead up to the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF) in 2022, five webinars will be organized to reflect on the five strategic areas of:

1. Migration, COVID-19 and a New Social Contract (13 April)
2. Race & Discrimination (20 April)
3. Regular Pathways and Irregular Migration (4 May)
4. Detention and Return (11 May)
5. Climate Change and Migration (18 May)

This series of five 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).

Please share this event series announcement with your networks. The flyer is available in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish, and simultaneous interpretation of the events will also be available in these four languages.

Keep an eye on the weekly updates for more details!


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 (also available in French and Spanish) 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.

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.

29 March: Destination Unknown. Virtual launch of new Guidelines on narratives. "Stories shape societies: Creating new hope-based narratives about children, young people and migration." 12:00-13:00 (GMT) *Details *Register

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

13 April: IMRF Civil Society Priorities Webinar Series. "Migration, COVID-19 and a New Social Contract." 9:00am (EDT) *Details

20 April: IMRF Civil Society Priorities Webinar Series. "Race & Discrimination." 9:00am (EDT) *Details

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

4 May: IMRF Civil Society Priorities Webinar Series. "Regular Pathways and Irregular Migration." 9:00am (EDT) *Details

11 May: IMRF Civil Society Priorities Webinar Series. "Detention and Return." 9:00am (EDT) *Details

18 May: IMRF Civil Society Priorities Webinar Series. "Climate Change and Migration." 9:00am (EDT) *Details

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

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.


Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts. Implementing the Global Compact on Refugees for Children: Examples of Child-Focused Work. *Website *PDF

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


International Migration Review. Spring 2021 Edition. Contains articles such as: "Yes, But Somebody Has to Help Them, Somehow:" Looking at the Italian Detention Field through the Eyes of Professional Nonstate Actors

UN News. UN teams assisting tens of thousands of refugees, after massive fire rips through camp in Bangladesh.

The Guardian. EU Southern States Step Up Calls for 'Solidarity' in Managing Mass Migration.

Al Jazeera. Restoring the Right to Breathe: Migration Detention Must End.
***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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