Weekly Update, 29 January 2021
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February 2021

Upcoming Meeting

11 February 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 February. Please join us via video conference. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.


DEADLINE 29 JANUARY: Endorse NGO CoM Letter to the US Mission on Climate Displacement


The NGO Committee on Migration is requesting signatures, from member organizations, on a letter to the US Mission addressing climate displacement.

The letter serves as an introduction to our committee, encourages US leadership and action in the interrelated areas of environment and human mobility, and invites collaboration and partnership between the NGO Committee on Migration and the US government in the term ahead.

We are aiming to secure as many member organization endorsements as possible. Interested members of the NGO Committee on Migration may sign on by completing the online form no later than the deadline of
29 January - TODAY!

here to read the letter and click here to sign on (if you are a member of the NGO CoM).


DEADLINE 12 February: Survey on Migrant and Refugee Victims of Xenophobia and Intolerance in the Context of the Coronavirus Pandemic


The NGO Committee on Migration is requesting responses to a survey prepared by the Subcommittee on Xenophobia and Social Inclusion to assess the impact COVID-19 has had on the migrant population in relation to xenophobia and social exclusion.

The survey is available here in 
EnglishSpanish, and French. Please send it out as widely as possible through your networks.  Responses must be received by 12 February.

We are seeking replies from NGOs, academia, civil society institutions and United Nations entities in order to obtain as comprehensive data as possible on this essential grassroots work. Please consult the linked survey for an account of how we plan to use the data and publish the results.   

Thank you for taking the time to respond. If you have any further questions, please contact

Civil Society Updates on the Global Forum on Migration and Development

The 13th Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) wrapped up on the 26th of January. For those who were unable to attend, we encourage you to visit the GFMD Civil Society website, where you can access the latest news updates, side event summaries, and discussion highlights.

Invitation to attend CSocD Side Event Co-Sponsored by the NGO Committee on Migration

The NGO Committee on Migration (NGO CoM) invites you to attend the Commission for Social Development (CSocD) side event, "Can a 'Mouse' Transform the Lives of the Youngest, Uprooted Children?: ICT, Forcibly Displaced Families and Early Childhood Interventions."

The event is co-sponsored by the NGO CoM and will take place from 1:15-2:30pm (EST) on 17 February 2021.

It will feature the following speakers:

  • Danielle De La Fuente, Founder & Executive Director of Amal Alliance
    • "Education Disrupted: Reimagining Learning during the Pandemic"
  • Niels Peter Rygaard, Co-Founder & CEO Fairstart Foundation
    • "How can governments and NGOs cooperate to improve the mental health and education of abandoned children?"
  • Isabel Christina Granada Garces, Senior Sector Specialist, Migration Initiative - Inter-American Development Bank
    • "Piloting Digital Solutions for Migrant Children in Colombia, Peru, and Brazil"
  • Aaron Meyerson, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Broadband, New York City Mayor's Office of the Chief Technology Officer
    • "The NYC Internet Master Plan and Bridging the Digital Divide"

See the event flyer for more details, and click here to register.

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!

2 February: Civil Society Action Committee. GCM Objective 19: Create conditions for migrants and diasporas to fully contribute to sustainable development in all countries. Webinar. *Details

4 February: International Development Law Organization. Advocating Justice to Build Back Better: Leaving No One Behind in Covid-19 Response and Recovery Policies. Webinar 9:30am-11:00am (EST). *Details *Register

4 February: Center for Migration Studies and the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. Biden's Immigration Agenda: Immediate Actions Taken. Panel Discussion 2:30pm-4:00pm (EST). *Details & Register

5 February: Migration Policy Institute. A Way Forward on Migration Under the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union? Webinar 9:00am (EST) *Details *Register

5 February: Committee on Forced Migration, Columbia University. Intersection and Interception: The dynamics of forced migration and interdiction across the Mediterranean. Webinar 10:00am (EST) *Register

9 February: International Service for Human Rights. Human Rights Council Presidency Welcome Meeting. 8:30am-9:15am (EST). *Register

9 February: Civil Society Action Committee. GCM Objective 20: Promote faster, safer and cheaper transfer of remittances and foster financial inclusion of migrants. Webinar. *Details

17 February: CSocD side event co-sponsored by the NGO Committee on Migration. Can a "Mouse" Transform the Lives of the Youngest, Uprooted Children?: ICT, Forcibly Displaced Families and Early Childhood Interventions. 1:15pm-2:30pm (EST) *Details *Register

1 March: Women in Migration Network and Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung. Launch of new report, No Borders to Equality. 10:00am (EST). *Details & Register
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.


Journal on Migration and Human Security. The Household Financial Losses Triggered by an Immigration Arrest, and How State and Local Government Can Most Effectively Protect Their Constituents. *Website *PDF

Kids In Need of Defense Europe. Advancing Protection for Unaccompanied Children in Europe by Strengthening Legal Assistance. *PDF

Center for Migration Studies. Improving the U.S. Immigration System in the First Year of the Biden Administration. *Website *PDF

World Health Organization. Apart Together Survey: preliminary overview of refugees and migrants self-reported impact of Covid-19. *Website


The Guardian. Air Pollution Will Lead to Mass Migration, Say Experts After Landmark Ruling.

Vox. Biden's Sweeping Immigration Bill, Explained.


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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