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Weekly Update, 5 February 2021
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February 2021
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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 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
xenophobiasc@gmail.com.
 


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Seeking NGOs Providing 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
mpbelloni@hotmail.com or Jane McCall Politi at jmp573@nyu.edu to explore the possibility of collaborating on this project.

 



Invitation to Attend CSocD Side Event:
Migration, Displacement & Their Cross-Cutting Issues in the Context of Digital Technology & Just Transitions


The NGO Committee on Migration (NGO CoM) invites you to attend the Commission for Social Development (CSocD) side event, "Migration, Displacement & Their Cross-Cutting Issues in the Context of Digital Technology & Just Transitions."

This event will explore the Commission’s priority theme (
Socially just transition towards sustainable development: the role of digital technologies on social development and well-being of all) in the context of migration and displacement as well as provide concrete links to the past priority theme (Affordable housing and social protection systems for all to address homelessness). The conversational dialogue will provide an opportunity for members of the panel to discuss drivers, outcomes, policies, and solutions. In staying true to the concept of “don’t talk about us, without us”, this event will highlight the witness and voices of individuals grappling with the issues at the grassroots along with thematic experts such as academics and UN representatives.

The event is co-sponsored by the NGO CoM and will take place from 8:30-9:45am (EST) on 9 February.

See the event flyer and concept note for more details, and click here to register. If you are unable to attend the event, a recording will be made available, shortly thereafter, on UNTV.

 


Invitation to Attend CSocD Side Event:
Can a 'Mouse' Transform the Lives of the Youngest, Uprooted Children?


 
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.

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.
 



Updates from the UN Network on Migration


The United Nations Network on Migration has released their latest
newsletter, highlighting important updates including the following:

To read the newsletter, in its entirety, click here.
 


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!

 
5 February: Migration Policy Institute. A Way Forward on Migration Under the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union? Webinar 9:30am (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


9 February: CSocD side event co-sponsored by the NGO Committee on Migration. Migration, Displacement & Their Cross-Cutting Issues in the Context of Digital Technology & Just Transitions. 8:30am-9:45am (EST). *Flyer *Concept Note *Register

15 February: Report Launch: A Decade of Displacement in the Middle East and North Africa. Webinar 4:00am-7:00am (EST) *Details *Register

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.
 

Reports


United Nations Department of Economics and Social Affairs. International Migration 2020 Highlights. *Website *PDF *Brief *YouTube

Migration Policy Institute. "Critical Migration Governance Issues in a Changed World." Collection of reports. *Website

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
 

Articles

Bloomberg CityLab. The Fight for the Future of the Borderlands.

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: ngomigrationcommittee@gmail.com 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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