Weekly Update, 22 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

Civil Society Representatives Select Advocacy Priorities for GFMD Summit

The Closing Plenary of the Civil Society Preparatory Meeting for the upcoming Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Summit took place on 15 January 2021.

Following four days of intensive online debate and discussion, the plenary adopted joint civil society advocacy priorities for the GFMD Summit. The four top ones, with strong links across thematic areas, are:

  • Ensuring social protection for migrants regardless of their status;
  • Expanding migrants’ regularization and legal migration pathways;
  • Fighting xenophobia and discrimination; and
  • Promoting safe access to services and to the judicial system.
Read more here.

To receive GFMD updates in your inbox, subscribe to GFMD Civil Society newsletter on their website here.

Call for Applications: Migrant Forum in Asia Consultancy Positions

The Migrant Forum in Asia is sharing a call for applications for a task-based consultancy. The interdisciplinary Migration and Mobilities Cluster at Monash University Malaysia is seeking to engage three (3) Task-based Consultants on a fixed-term basis.


The consultants will focus on ONE of the following topics each:

        1. Labor migration
        2. Forced migration
        3. Human trafficking


For more information, please see the linked advertisement for each consultancy. Please note that applications will be considered on a rolling basis, until the positions are filled. 

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!


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


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

"Stakeholder Meeting on Refugee Resettlement in the United States." *Website

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.



America: the Jesuit Review. Blocking undocumented workers from Covid vaccines will be a moral and public health disaster, ethicists say.

Human Rights Watch. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Migrants Left in the Cold.

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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