Weekly Update, 12 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.

Save the Date: UN Network on Migration Meeting

The UN Network on Migration invites you to a briefing on 18 March 2021, 15:00-18:00 CET.

The Coordinator of the UN Network on Migration, IOM Director-General António Vitorino, will be joined by other members of the Network to provide an update on the Network's priorities and planning for 2021 - 2022 towards the International Migration Review Forum of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. 

This will be the first in a series of quarterly briefings (the proposed dates for the other subsequent meetings can be found in the Network calendar here).

The meeting will take place virtually via the KUDO platform (meeting link) and interpretation will be provided in English, French, and Spanish. 

Please register your attendance here


Asian-Pacific Trade Unions, Civil Society Organizations, and Networks Withdraw from the First Regional Review of GCM

Asian-Pacific Trade Unions and Asian and Pacific Society Organizations and Networks delivered a statement, denouncing the process leading up to the first Regional Review of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), which took place 10-12 March 2021. In this statement, they announced their official and complete withdrawal from the current round of the review process. 

"Preparations for the review has failed to guarantee a fair, transparent and inclusive procedures. Instead, it has been used to undermine, sideline and silence the organized voices of trade unions and civil society active on the ground and whose presence and self-organized processes in the region predates the GCM. Given the seriousness of the matter and since dialogue at this critical hour is likely to yield very little tangible outcomes, we announce our complete and official withdrawal from the first Regional Review  of the GCM in the Asia Pacific region."

The statement expresses a commitment to the implementation of the GCM, and calls on Member States and stakeholders to do the same, encouraging future reviews "be deeply deliberated upon to guarantee a process that is truly transparent, accountable, representative, and incorporates the views and allows for the participation of all stakeholders."

Read the statement of official withdrawal here

Read Shiella Estrada's (migrant and domestic worker) intervention from the Opening Plenary of the Asia-Pacific Regional Review here.

The UN has responded to the statement of withdrawal. Read our next weekly update to learn more details about this response.

Joint Letter Strives to Preserve Multi-Stakeholder Space in the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD)

A joint letter has been issued from the three GFMD Mechanisms (business, civil society, and mayors) to the members of the GFMD Steering Group, aiming to preserve and continue GFMD activities in 2021-2022 and beyond. It re-affirms a "strong appreciation of and commitment to the GFMD" and addresses multiple concerns including: identifying a new Chair, continuity, drafting a roadmap, continuing the work of the ad-hoc working groups, and observer status for the three GFMD Mechanisms in the GFMD Steering Group. 

Read the letter here.


Women in Migration Network Launches New Report: No Borders to Equality

The Women in Migration Network has launched a new report and interactive website, "No borders to equality," which aims to identify and learn from the work of organizations addressing the intersection of gender and migration.

In 2020, more than 300 organizations and networks around the globe completed an online survey to provide a profile of the organizations, the characteristics and priorities of the women and girls they work with in the context of migration, and their most urgent needs stemming from the COVID-19 crisis.


The valuable information gathered in this survey is the basis for the report, "No borders to equality", and the interactive tools available in this platform: the data visualization tool and the map of organizations working on gender and migration.

The project also provides important foundations for strengthening connections among organizations working for migrant rights with a gender perspective -- and bringing a migrant rights perspective to those groups working in other sectors, including women’s rights, labor rights, climate justice, development, and democratization.

Joint Statement on the Human Rights of Migrants

A joint statement on the human rights of migrants was delivered to the UN Human Rights Council. It was delivered on behalf of 95 governments, including the United States, and addressed the vulnerability of people on the move, which has been exacerbated by the pandemic. The statement makes explicit reference to the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration as a "solid framework" for multilateral action.

Read the statement here


"New Immigrant and Refugee Visions" documentaries aim to engage communities in dialogue

Filmmaker Michael Sheridan, who presented his community film-making work at a previous meeting of the NGO Committee on Migration, has produced several new short films on migration. Michael is an educator,  director, and founder of Community Supported Film (CSFilm), an organization that amplifies local voices in under- and mis-represented communities to effectively communicate their lived realities through documentary filmmaking. These films are used in local and international Screen&Discuss campaigns to inform public opinion and policy from town halls to the halls of Congress.

The new short films are a part of an initiative called New Immigrant and Refugee Visions (NIRV), a collection of ten documentary films by and about immigrants. They provide a unique insiders' perspective on the integration challenges immigrants face and the contributions they make to our culture, economy, and social fabric. The filmmakers produced these short films to engage communities in dialogue about immigrant and immigration to the United States. (Click here to learn more about how they are made).

The NIRV films
 include short stories about a Rohingya refugee newly arrived in the US; a Haitian healing with dance; an Indian campaigning for city council; a Somali refugee family divided generationally; a Puerto Rican cultural activist, a Ugandan wondering why he’s working in a nursing home, a Bhutanese Christian refugee helping other refugees and immigrants; an Ethiopian evangelical minister helping addicts; a Haitian fixing other Haitians’ troubles; and, an undocumented Dominican mother and DACA designated daughter.

Story 1:  Campaign for a New American, by Qin Li
Story 2:  Worlds Apart at Home, by Abdirahman Abdi
Story 3 She’s an American Child, by Rafael DeLeon
Story 4:  Navigating Hope, by Sayed Najib Hashimi
Story 5:  Lift with Your Heart, by Braulio Tellez-Vilches
Story 6:  Seeking Settled Ground, by Mohammad Arifuzzaman
Story 7:  The Arranger, by Wilson Thelimo Louis
Story 8:  Rhythms of Respect, by Katsyris Rivera-Kientz
Story 9:  Borrowing Fire, by Kebrewosen Densamo
Story 10 Pulse of a Dream, by Mubarak Muwonge Nsamba

You can view these films via the links above. To attend an upcoming Screen&Discuss event, please visit the events page of CSFilm's website. 

Invitation to Attend CSW Parallel Event:
"COVID-19 and Violence Against Women in Migration: Policy Responses"

Mark your calendars. The NGO Committee on Migration (NGO CoM) invites you to attend the 65th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) parallel event, "COVID-19 and Violence Against Women in Migration: Policy Responses."

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic migrant women face soaring risks of exposure to multiple forms of gender-based violence, abuse and exploitation, both personal and institutional. In some locations, as a result of the pressures imposed by lockdowns, domestic violence has escalated as much as 20-40%, and migrant women and girls have been especially at risk. Trafficking for sexual exploitation has seen a terrifying leap, and migrants are subject to glaring inequalities in general health care and rates of vaccination, as compared to the general public.

Confronting the rising threat of violence against women and girls, this workshop will examine the gaps in protection mechanisms and the ways in which nation states, relevant UN agencies, and NGOs can cooperate to find policy solutions that will bring about rights-based and gender-responsive solutions for women in migration, through implementation of the provisions detailed in the Global Compacts for Migrants and Refugees and the mechanisms created for that purpose.

The event is taking place as a part of the NGO CSW Forum and is co-sponsored by the NGO CoM. It will be held from 10:30am-12:00pm (EST) on 17 March. Please read instructions below to register.

For more details regarding the NGO CSW Forum, please visit their webpage. This platform will be hosting nearly 700 parallel events this year (see the schedule here). 
  • If you want to attend any events, you MUST first register for the NGO CSW65 Virtual Forum.
  • Attending the Forum is totally free and open to the public.
  • After you register, you'll receive an email with a link.
  • Click on the link to create your profile on the NGO CSW65 Virtual Forum
  • After you log into your profile, you'll have full access to all Virtual Forum events.

You can register for the NGO CSW65 Virtual Forum here

We need to hear from grassroots, front-line practitioners about how the Covid crisis has affected your work!

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.

We are seeking replies from NGOs, academia, civil society institutions United Nations entities, and grassroots and front-line practitioners 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

Direct Services to Migrant Families/Children in Corona/Elmhurst Queens

The NGO CoM Subcommittee on Migrant and Refugee Children is working on a project to elevate the voices of migrant and refugee children, highlighting the importance of Early Childhood Education and Care.

As part of this initiative, we are seeking contacts with NGOs that provide direct services to the migrant community in the Corona/Elmhurst section of Queens, a neighborhood with the largest share of immigrant households of any community district in NYC and the United States.

If your NGO is a service provider to migrant families/children in Corona/Elmhurst we would greatly appreciate it if you would contact Maria Pia Belloni at or Jane McCall Politi at to explore the possibility of collaborating on this project.


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!


LAST CHANCE TO SIGN ON! 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.

Click here to read the letter and click here to sign on.


ACTION ALERT: Endorse the open letter encouraging Biden to sign the revised refugee admissions goal

ImageThe Biden administration is expected to take executive action to increase refugee arrivals and begin restoring the resettlement program any day. This is particularly welcome news, in light of strong support for America as a beacon of hope, safety, and refuge — and the previous administration’s dismantling of the program by more than 80%. The Biden administration has already proposed, and met with Congress to discuss increasing the refugee admissions goal for this year to 62,500 to meet the unprecedented and ever evolving refugee crisis. 

Now, it is vital that President Biden sign the revised refugee admissions goal for FY21 and restore regional allocations based on vulnerability and need as soon as possible. Each day that passes without this signed executive action is another day that hundreds of particularly vulnerable refugees are forced to wait to be resettled.

Church World Service (CWS) is inviting faith leaders and faith-based organizations to sign onto a letter to tell the White House to swiftly honor its commitment to restoring and strengthening the refugee resettlement program by immediately signing a new, revised FY21 Presidential Determination of 62,500. Our collective scriptural mandate and our nation’s history and capabilities as a world leader demand no less.

Faith leaders can read the letter and sign on here.

Faith organizations can read the letter and sign on here.


Open Letter on the Education of Migrant and Refugee Children in Greece

Terre des Hommes is circulating an open letter on the education of migrant and refugee children in Greece, which has been co-signed together with 32 Greek organizations, expressing deep concern about the situation relating to asylum seeking and refugee children’s access to education in Greece over the past few years. 

For six years it has not been possible to guarantee smooth and unimpeded access to education for asylum seeking children. As a result, the majority of these children have been deprived of one of their fundamental rights. These issues have become so intense over the last year that one can refer to an extensive process of “deschooling”.
The Greek coalition is calling on the Greek government to take immediate action to guarantee equal, substantive, and quality education to children of all ages and nationalities residing both on the islands and on the mainland. The letter has been sent to the Greek Government and key EU targets.
Please, share the open letter (English, Greek) within your organization and networks, including at the regional and national level. Thank you.


17 March: Migration Policy Institute. "COVID-19 Recovery and the Next Stage of the Syrian Refugee Response After Ten Years." 8:30am (EDT). *Details *Register

17 March: Seminars in Forced Migration, University of Vienna. "We Are All Refugees": Slums and Camps as Converging Spaces of Global Displacements. 12:00pm (EDT). *Details & Register

18 March: UN Network on Migration. Briefing. 10:00am-1:00pm (EDT). *Register

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

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


CSW Events

The NGO Committee on Migration would like to call your attention to the following CSW parallel events, pertaining to migration: 

14-26 March: NGO CSW (Commission on the Status of Women) Forum. *Details *Register

16 March: Center for Migration, Gender, and Justice. "Gender, Displacement, Violence: 70 Years of the Refugee Convention." 10:00am-12:00pm (EDT) *Concept Note *Details

17 March: NGO CoM, P.E.A.C.E., VIVAT International. "COVID-19 and Violence Against Women in Migration: Policy Responses." 10:30am-12:00pm (EDT). *Concept Note *Flyer *Details

17 March: Commemorative Clinic. "The Criminalization of Women & Migrant Justice." 1:00pm-2:30pm (EDT) *Details

17 March: NGO CoM, FAWCO, Early Childhood Peace Consortium, World Organization for Early Childhood Education. "Achieving Women's Empowerment, Early Childhood Development and Care: A Two-Generational Win-Win." 1:30pm-3:00pm (EDT). *Flyer *Register
18 March: Italian Association for Women in Development. "Violence Against Migrant Women: Empowering Survivors Beyond the Emergency." 6:00am-7:30am (EDT) *Program *Details

18 March: DaMigra. "Anti-Discrimination and Violence Protection Strategies for Migrant and Refugee Women." 3:30pm-5:00pm (EDT). *Details

19 March: P.E.A.C.E., FAWCO, Graduate UN International. "Achieving Social Protection: A Teaching and Advocacy Curriculum." 10:30am-12:00pm (EDT) *Details

19 March: International Association of Applied Psychology. "Mitigating Transgenerational Trauma of Latina Migrant Women to Achieve Empowerment." 10:30am-12:00pm (EDT) *Details

20 March: Beyond Our Status Congolese Alliance. "The Impact of Limited Technological Implements on Congolese Women and Girls in Nyarugusu Refugee Camp (Tanzania) and South Kivu (Democratic Republic of Congo)." 11:30am-1:30pm (EDT) *Details

22 March: Global Goals Initiative. "Ensuring Full Participation of Migrant and Ethnic Women in Post-COVID-19 Responses and Decision-Making." 6:00pm-7:30pm (EDT) *Details

23 March: Women Graduates USA, Loyola University Chicago, National Autonomous University of Mexico. "Reclaiming Our Humanity: The Urgent Need for Women's  Leadership in Addressing Migration Issues." 4:00pm-6:00pm (EDT) *Details

24 March: Zonta International. "Migration and Immigrants' Inclusion Based on SDGs." 7:00am-9:00am (EDT) *Details

25 March: Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women. "Gender, Migration and Work: Lived experiences of migrant and trafficked women in South America and Canada." 12:00pm-2:00pm (EDT) *Details

Event Recordings

Women in Migration Network. Launch of new report "No Borders to Equality." Watch here.

Institute for the Study of International Migration. "Thinking Beyond Resettlement: Are Complementary Pathways for Refugees the Answer?" Watch here.

Center for Migration Studies. "Mapping Key Determinants of Immigrants' Health in Brooklyn and Queens." Watch here.

Mixed Migration Center. Virtual Launch of M4i Interactive: A portal for exploration and visualization of data on mixed migration. Watch here.

The New School, Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. "Discussing the New Immigration Agenda." Watch here.



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

Center for Migration Studies. How the Asylum Backlog Affects Torture Survivors and What the Biden Administration Can Do to Fix It. *Website

No More Deaths. Left to Die: Border Patrol, Search and Rescue, & the Crisis of Disappearance. *Website *PDF

Center for Migration Studies. Mapping Key Determinants of Immigrants' Health in Brooklyn and Queens. *Website *PDF



The Guardian. Humanitarian Crisis Looms on Chile-Bolivia Border as Migrants Cross on Foot.

The New Humanitarian. As a doctor in a European refugee camp, I found deep neglect and xenophobia.

The Guardian. Refugee Rescuers Charged in Italy with Complicity in People Smuggling.

New York Times. Ethiopia's War Leads to Ethnic Cleansing in Tigray Region, U.S. Report Says.

***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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