Weekly Update, 15 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.


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 January 31.

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

JANUARY 15: follow the closing of the GFMD Civil Society Preparatory Meeting live

Civil society delegates have been engaging for 3 online sessions to prepare for the 13th GFMD Summit, which is starting next week!

This Friday, we invite you to follow the Closing Plenary of the Civil Society Preparatory Meeting, on 15 January 2021 at 9:00am (EST).

The event will feature a dialogue on “Post-COVID-19: Building Back Better for Migrants”. The focus of the discussions will be on post-COVID recovery and how to advocate for migrant inclusion in recovery efforts.

The closing of the Civil Society Preparatory Meeting will be livestreamed on the
GFMD Civil Society website main page.


Pilot Testing of the Migration Network Hub

Greetings from the UN Network on Migration! 
Please find here an invitation to register for the Migration Network Hub Pilot Testing which will be held online via Webex on 21 January between 9:00am and 10:30am EST (in English only). 
We invite you to register by 15 January through the Eventbrite link. If you are unable to join the event, we also provide the option of filling out the survey without attending the pilot testing webinar. To do so, please register on Eventbrite so that you can receive further instructions.

Questions can be addressed to


Center for Migration Studies Survey Deadline Jan 29

The Center for Migration Studies (CMS) invites staff and volunteers of Catholic organizations, ministries, and programs that serve and work with immigrants and refugees in the United States to participate in a brief survey (10-15 minutes). The survey will help us better understand how public policies, crises, and more mundane challenges are affecting your work with immigrant communities. The survey seeks input on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice, and immigration enforcement on Catholic institutions, as well as persistent operational challenges that preceded the pandemic. 

Results will be published in aggregated form, and we will not identify any participating individuals or organizations.

Survey responses must be received by January 29, 2021. All participants who enter their name or their organization's name will be entered into a raffle for three (3) $100 Amazon gift cards. This information will be used solely to identify raffle winners.

Start survey here.

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback! If you have any questions, please email Please feel free to share this survey widely with your Catholic networks.


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!


Call for Civil Society Climate Action Stories

Everyday around the world, civil society takes action on climate change that inspires others and benefits the planet. These stories of positive impact provide hope for the future.

As the world confronts the pandemic and embarks on recove
ry, there is growing recognition that the recovery must be a pathway to a green and sustainable society. Since there are many challenges ahead, good ideas should be widely exchanged. This is why the United Nations now calls for civil society organizations to share your stories.

The UN Department of Global Communications is launching a campaign to highlight the achievements of civil society on behalf of the climate, the planet, and global well-being through social media posts Our actions will inspire others. Working together, we can make a difference.

Submit your story here.

18-26 January: 13th Global Forum on Migration and Development. The Future of Human Mobility: innovative partnerships for sustainable development. *Details

19 January: Center for Migration Studies and Refugee Council USA. Reimagining Refugee Resettlement for a New Administration. 1:00pm-2:00pm (EST). *Details *Register

21 January: Migration Network Hub Pilot Testing. Held online via Webex. 9:00am-10:30am (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.


ReliefWeb. Sitaution Report: Venezuelan Migration and Refugee Crisis. *Website *PDF

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.



US Judge Blocks Trump Aministration's Sweeping Asylum Rules

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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