Weekly Update, 2 April 2021
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April 2021

Upcoming Meeting

8 April 2021
    General Meeting: 11:00am - 1:30pm (EDT)

This month's meeting will begin promptly at 11:00am (EDT). Subcommittees will NOT be meeting at the regular time, immediately prior to the membership meeting. Please check in with your subcommittee convener for more information about the next meeting.

Due to Covid-19 response measures, no in-person meeting will be held in March. Please join us via video conference. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Migration & Racial Justice: Film Screening of "Adú"

Join us for the first of two meetings which will address the theme of migration and racial justice. This month, we will screen the Spanish film "Adú," and have a conversation with the film's director, Salvador Calvo, on issues of border policy, racism, xenophobia and discrimination.

See event flyer here for more details.
Climate Migration and Displacement Platform's Open Letter to President Biden

The Climate Migration and Displacement Platform (CMDP) composed an open letter to President Biden, addressing the Executive Order (EO) on Rebuilding and Enhancing Programs to Resettle Refugees and Planning for the Impact of Climate Change on Migration, and more specifically the charge in the EO for a report detailing policy options addressing climate change and forced migration.  

The letter calls for the following priorities: 
  • Focusing on human security and its connection to broader national security interests when engaging the national security agencies of the government
  • Being prepared to break new ground on protection and resettlement options
  • Recognizing that the U.S. will not be breaking new ground in a vacuum - and that significant progress has been made from which to build upon
  • Acknowledging that migration can be a form of adaptation and should not be vilified, securitized, or stopped altogether
  • Making the report as actionable as possible
  • Establishing an open channel of communication with experts and civil society that have deep experience on this issue and can provide valuable perspectives to inform the report

We encourage you to share this open letter with your networks. The full text of the letter can be found here.

Refugee Storytellers Collective

The Refugee Advocacy Lab is proud to debut the Refugee Storytellers Collective, a group of individuals from across the United States who are sharing their unique stories and experiences for change. By sharing their stories and perspectives, members of the Collective challenge ideas around what it means to be a refugee, advocate for positive change, and ultimately build community.

Learn more here.

The Refugee Storytellers Collective is a joint initiative of the Refugee Advocacy Lab, Refugee Congress, Refugee Council USA, Refugees International, USA for UNHCR, We Are All America, and WeaveTales. Partners of the Collective are committed to finding and building space for refugees to share their stories and experiences in the public debate.

How can you help?
  • The Refugee Storytellers Collective is recruiting new members! Do you want to become a member? Or do you know someone who does? Click here to learn more and make a nomination.
  • Help us spread the word! Use the hashtag #RefugeeStorytellersCollective to share information about the Collective with your networks!
  • Follow along! We’re officially on Instagram! Follow @refugeeadvocacylab to learn more about the Collective and keep up to date on all the latest news. And be sure to follow the Lab on Twitter for more.

For more information, please contact Kailey Love at


Introduction to the Migration Network Hub

The Migration Network Hub is the first knowledge platform and connection hub that supports UN Member States and Stakeholder in the implementation, follow-up, and review of the GCM.

This tool is intended to share migration knowledge, expertise, good practices, and initiatives related to the GCM among Member States, stakeholders, and the UN system. Through a community of practice, users can participate in online discussions with peers, attend webinars, share resources and publications, and showcase flagship initiatives.

Register here to use the platform as a one-stop-shop on migration information and research and to have interactive discussions with migration experts.

Read the press release about the launch here.   


Upcoming 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!


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.

8 April: Migration Policy Institute. "A Year of Pandemic: The State of Global Human Mobility & What Is on the Horizon." 10:00am (EDT) *Details *Register

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

19 April: Princeton University, Migration Lab. "Language and Migration: Experience and Memory." 10:00am-1:00pm (EDT). *Details *Register

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

Destination Unknown: Championing the rights of children on the move. "'Stories shape societies:' Creating new hope-based narratives about children, young people and migration". Watch here.

Hispanics in Philanthropy, Migration and Forced Displacement Team. "The Evolving Politics of Climate and Migration." Watch here.

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.


Destination Unknown, Championing the rights of children on the move. Stories Shape Societies: Creating new hope-based narratives about children, young people and migration (Guidelines for communicators). *PDF

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


Kroc Institute. Peace Policy: Global Migration and Refugee Policies in 2021. Features articles such as Locating Agency for Refugees, Climate Change and its Global Migration Impact, and The Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Failure to Protect Refugee Children on the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Refugee Law Initiative. Innovation, Digitalization and Skills Development for the Implementation of Objective 18.

The New Humanitarian. Rohingya camp fires: Barbed-wired fences blocked escape, witnesses say.

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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