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Weekly Update, 11 November 2022
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December 2022
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Upcoming Meeting


8 December 2022
     Subcommittees: 11:00am - 11:50am (EDT)
     General Meeting: 12:00noon - 1:30pm (EDT)

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

COP27 News 

Displacement Events at COP27


The 27th UN Climate Change Conference (COP27), organized by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is taking place from 6 to 18 November. For a list of relevant COP27 events discussing disaster displacement and human mobility, click here


PDD Key Messages for COP27
 

The Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD) released Key Messages for COP27. This resource is designed to help COP27 attendees learn more about how displacement and human mobility relating to disasters and the adverse impacts of climate change are being addressed at COP27. It also outlines key messages to inform or include in your delegation's interventions at events and sessions throughout the UN Climate Change Conference. Click here to access PDD's Key Messages for COP27.



UN Network on Migration COP27 Statement


Act Now: Migrant Inclusion in Climate Action is an Obligation, Not an Option

The adverse effects of climate change and environmental degradation are increasingly driving human mobility the world over, particularly in countries with high exposure and low adaptive capacity. While most climate-related mobility currently occurs within countries, desperation and deteriorating environments can also compel people to seek a livelihood elsewhere through irregular migration.

While climate change negatively impacts everyone, everywhere, those already in vulnerable situations due to geography, poverty, gender, age, disability, origin or other status, including migrant women who depend on climate-sensitive livelihoods, and children who are less able to survive extreme weather events, are at the greatest risk of suffering harm. It is imperative to recognize this reality and take meaningful action to protect the human rights of those most affected by climate change, including migrants.

On the occasion of the 27th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP27), the United Nations Network on Migration calls on Member States to recognize the opportunities to work towards sustainable, rights-based mitigation and adaptation to climate change in order to address human mobility(1) in this context in line with the recommendations of the UNFCCC Taskforce on Displacement.

The Network urges States, working in cooperation with relevant UN entities and all partners, to address and seek inclusive solutions for the most affected people, including those staying in place, moving internally, and migrating internationally, while fully recognizing the adaptation role that migration plays in this context. While progress has already been achieved in mainstreaming migration into adaptation strategies and policies for climate action, much more needs to be done. As acknowledged at COP26, inadequacies in anticipating and planning for situations that could induce climate-related mobility remain and efforts to mitigate and adapt to the adverse effects of climate change, including through resource mobilization, are insufficient.

The Network encourages States to include pathways for regular migration in their climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies, which enable labour mobility and decent work, human rights and humanitarian admission and stay, family reunification, education, private sponsorships, and visa waivers, to support communities in building resilience to climate change and adapting through mobility. In this regard, improvements have been made in the conclusion of bilateral and regional labour migration agreements or the creation of special visa categories to enable people affected by climate change to move regularly or to remain in countries of destination.

Pursuant to the commitments made in the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) and renewed in the Progress Declaration of the first International Migration Review Forum in New York in May 2022, the Network reiterates its call for States to develop inclusive climate change and migration policies and action plans that ensure migrants’ full and effective participation as rights holders. The Network also reminds States that any policy measure or legislation that governs or directly impacts human mobility in the context of climate change should uphold human rights obligations.

States can ensure that this objective is effectively achieved through recognizing that the Paris Agreement, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Global Compacts for Migration and Refugees are interlinked and should be implemented simultaneously and in a mutually reinforcing manner.

To uphold human rights, strengthen the adaptive capacities of migrants and harness the potential of climate mobility the Network calls on governments, in collaboration with one another and all relevant stakeholders, to:

  • Strengthen support to countries and people affected by effectively mobilizing adequate finance to support climate action, including through investing in early warning systems and preparedness, and addressing the impacts of both economic and non-economic loss and damage, including for migrants;
  • Facilitate a just transition to environmentally sustainable, green economies and societies, including by building climate-resilient health systems, promoting resilience and equitable development and advancing social justice and decent work creation, tapping into the skills and experiences of migrants, with the support of business, employers, trade unions and workers organizations, and harnessing their contributions towards sustainable development;
  • Enhance and diversify the availability of climate-sensitive pathways for regular migration, including by creating regular pathways for labour mobility, ensuring they are accessible to all, including women and children as an adaptation option and a way to prevent and address situations of vulnerability;  
  • Enhance regional and international action and cooperation to effectively address climate-related migration at local, national, regional and global levels through dedicated and coordinated climate change and migration policies and action plans, including by working coherently across all relevant multilateral fora; and,
  • Foster evidence-based decisions and disaggregated data which inform cooperation and scaled up climate action.

Our shared future depends on realizing the human right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment for all. The interlinkages between climate change, human rights and migration are clear and the international community can no longer delay taking action to protect the environment, for present and future generations.

Every step taken towards safe, orderly and regular migration would make a step forwards in the context of our changing climate.

Click here to access a PDF version of the UNNM statement.
 



GFMD 2023 Civil Society Strategy Discussion
 

The International Steering Committee (of the GFMD Civil Society mechanism) is planning to convene on  17 November at 15:00-17:00 CET / 9:00-11:00 EST for a GFMD 2023 Civil Society Strategy Discussion. Please save the date for this important and critical meeting.  Supporting information will be forthcoming.

If you are interested in participating, please write to ngomigrationcommittee@gmail.com so we can send you the information when it becomes available.
  

To prepare for this important conversation, we have been asked to reach out to all Member State representatives that you are in contact with to inquire how they are approaching the 6 thematic priorities of the 2023 GFMD (see below) and more generally, how they see their engagement in the 2023 GFMD and beyond. 

2023 GFMD Thematic Priorities: 

  1. The impact of climate change on human mobility: preventive action, humanitarian action and development 

  2. Human rights and migration: working to ensure the health, safety and rights of migrants 

  3. Diasporas: actors of economic, social and cultural development of regions 

  1. Labour Migration: promoting the economic inclusion of migrants 

  2. Improving the perception of migration in public opinion through narratives, culture, emotion and rational discourse 

  3. Multi-level governance: bringing together the various stakeholders for improved migration management 


You may want, in particular, to ask the following questions to your government counterparts: 

  1. Is your government actively engaged in the GFMD, or planning to engage? 
  2. How is your government preparing for the upcoming GFMD Friends of the Forum meeting on 22-23 November? 

  3. What are your expectations for the 2023 GFMD, and how do you plan to partner or engage with civil society towards it? 

  4. Among the six thematic roundtables, which one(s) are you prioritizing and why? 

  5. Are you planning to co-chair one of the thematic roundtables? 

 

Please send any information on how governments plan to engage in the 2023 GFMD to the NGO Committee on Migration at ngomigrationcommittee@gmail.com, so that it can feed the strategy discussion on 17 November. 

 



Virtual Launch of the Mixed Migration Review 2022



The impact of the war in Ukraine as well as the socio-economic legacy of the Covid-19 pandemic are being felt profoundly across the world as prices rise, food insecurity grows, and an economic slow-down takes hold. All of these dynamics are impacting upon migration and forced displacement.

The Mixed Migration Review 2022the Mixed Migration Centre’s flagship annual report, reflects on recent events and emerging trends affecting refugees and migrants globally, attempting to document, analyse, and suggest solutions. Is the “root causes” approach distracting from a rights-based approach? Is migration diplomacy “weaponizing” migration to achieve geopolitical aims? How effective can legal pathways ever hope to be as a solution to irregular migration? To what extent is the continued criminalisation of smuggling a smokescreen for the reduction and deterrence of irregular migration? What ethical issues are posed by the fast-rising use of technology and artificial intelligence in immigration and border control? Are irregular journeys “Kamikaze migration” or rational choices and how do notions of risk taking differ around the world? To what degree is human trafficking going on within mixed migration? How do we assess the response to missing migrants and the forensic investigations that are trying to treat those who perish and their families with dignity?

In addition to the expert essays, the MMR includes interviews with critical thinkers and practitioners in the sector, and new analysis from 4Mi surveys conducted with thousands of refugees and migrants. It documents the best and worst behaviour by authorities in relation to mixed migration in the past year in our annual “normalising (and resisting) the extreme” features, and showcases alternative perspectives from young researchers from the global south.

Join the Mixed Migration Centre on 6 December (9:00-11:00am EST) where they will be debating & discussing some of today’s most pressing mixed migration issues globally with experts, journalists and academics. The Mixed Migration Centre will have a debate on borders and mixed migration, followed by a panel discussion on two topics: solutions to mixed migration challenges, and mixed migration as a solution to contemporary global challenges.

Click here to register for the launch event and learn more about the Mixed Migration Review 2022. 

 



Call for Expressions of Interest: UNNM Working Group on Return, Readmission & Reintegration


IOM, UNICEF, and UNHCR, as co-leads of the UN Network on Migration Working Group on Return, Readmission, and Reintegration (see the draft Network Workplan 2022-2024 here), are writing to you with a call for expressions of interest in membership in the Working Group. 
 
The overall objective of this Working Group is to contribute to strengthening efforts of Member States to ensure safe, dignified and rights-based return and readmission and sustainable reintegration. Priority activities include:

  • Operationalization of return and reintegration tools developed by the UN Network on Migration: Particularly rollout and piloting of the UNNM Checklist for Safe and Dignified Return and Sustainable Reintegration together with the key GCM Champion Countries in 2023
  • Capacity-building of key staff on child protection in the context of returns and reintegration
  • Supporting national and transnational responses for the implementation of the GCM of those countries which made pledges on return and reintegration, particularly those focusing on promoting a rights-based approach to return and reintegration and needs of migrants in vulnerable situations
  • Developing and rolling out guidance to States on best practices for ensuring access to legal identity, birth certificates, civil registration documents and travel documents, as part of due process, to all returning migrants. 

Please see the Concept Note for further detail on priorities and planned work. 
 
If your organization is interested in participating in this Working Group, please write to rborland@iom.int and gteff@unicef.org by Monday 14 November, and please indicate in your message how your organization would contribute to supporting the priorities and activities of the Working Group outlined above and in the Concept Note

 



Calling Attention to Growing Displacement in Haiti


According to a new IOM report, the number of people displaced by gang-related violence in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, has tripled in the past five months. The assessment, conducted between June and August 2022, identified over 113,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Haiti. Of these, 96,000 individuals fled insecurity in the capital, due to inter-gang violence and social unrest. An additional 17,000 individuals remain displaced as a result of the worst earthquake in a decade, which devastated the country’s southern regions in August 2021. 

The assessments resulted in the publication of three reports, accessible at the following links:

For additional information, please see the recent Miami Herald article, "Nearly 100,000 displaced by gangs in Haiti, cholera now in most regions, says U.N."
 

 

Let's Share Our Resources & Amplify Migration Advocacy

The NGO Committee on Migration (NGO CoM) is a coalition comprised of more than 45 organizations, with the shared mission of encouraging the promotion and protection of migrants and their human rights. In efforts to amplify our migration knowledge and advocacy messaging, we would like to prioritize sharing the work and resources of our members in our weekly updates. 

Accordingly, we are inviting you to send us your migration resources to share them with a wider audience. Has your organization recently produced a report, video, policy brief, toolkit, or other resource we can share? Please send them to the NGO Committee on Migration at
ngomigrationcommittee@gmail.com.

Each week, be sure to check the "Resources" section in the NGO CoM updates for featured resources from our members, partners, and organizations with work focused on upholding the rights of people on the move.

In light of the rapidly approaching COP27 (UN Conference on Climate Change), we would like to call your attention to a new resource from the Advisory Group on Climate Change and Human Mobility. They recently released joint messages to prepare and engage at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27). Under the title “COP27 Must Act on Human Mobility,” the joint messages were drafted with contributions from additional civil society organizations.

Click here to access this timely resource (or scroll down to view it in our dedicated "Resources" section). For further information, please contact nrcgeneva.policy@nrc.no.
 



Renew your CoM Membership & Join a Subcommittee!


NGO CoMWe are continuing the process of collecting annual membership dues and convening subcommittees.

Click here for the online form to renew your CoM membership or here for a printable one.

The NGO Committee on Migration organizes many of its activities through member participation in the following four subcommittees:
  • Climate-Induced Displacement
  • Children in Migration
  • Migrants in Vulnerable Situations / Mixed Migration
  • Xenophobia, Racism & 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 join one of the four subcommittees listed above!

 

6-18 NovemberClick here for a list of relevant COP27 events pertaining to disaster displacement and human mobility. 

6 December: Mixed Migration Centre. "Virtual Launch of the Mixed Migration Review 2022. "Alternative solutions for contemporary mixed migration challenges." 9:00am-11:00am (EST). *Flyer *Agenda & Speakers *Register

 

Event Recordings

United Nations Network on Migration. "Fourth Annual Meeting." Click here to access the video links to all of the sessions as well as a summary of the meeting.

People's Migration Challenge, Round 6: The John Kennedy Bingham Memorial Series. "Episode 2: Fair and Ethical Recruitment." Click on the following links to access the recording in English, Spanish, Arabic, and French.  


People's Migration Challenge, Round 6: The John Kennedy Bingham Memorial Series. "Episode 1: Right to Organize" Click here to access the website with links to the recording in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish. 

 

CoM Resources


NGO Committee on Migration, Subcommittee on Children in Migration, Resource List: Protecting, Supporting, and Educating Children in Migration, Refugee, and Displacement Contexts Around the World.



NGO Committee on Migration four-pager, entitled Priorities and Practices for Solutions in the SDGs, the Global Compact for Migration, and the International Migration Review Forum in 2022 and Beyond.



NGO Committee on Migration two-sider position paper addressing unified Priorities for the UN High-Level Political Forum 2021 (HLPF), advocated directly to 38 governments, the HLPF facilitators, and the President of the UN General Assembly


NGO Committee on Migration Report of a Survey on Migrant and Refugee Victims of Xenophobia, Racism and Intolerance in the Context of the Coronavirus Pandemic


NGO Committee on Migration infographic Debunking Myths to End Xenophobia (also available in French and Spanish)






 NGO Committee on Migration brochure on Climate-Induced Displacement





NGO Committee on Migration infographic booklet Children in Migration Matter





***Visit the CoM website for additional resources***

 


Reports and Policy Briefs
 

Platform on Disaster Displacement. "Key Messages for COP27." *Website & PDF

Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants. "A snapshot of social protection measures for undocumented migrants by national and local governments." *PDF

Joint Civil Society Statement. "A Call to Invest in Integrated Child Protection Systems that Meet the Needs of Children in Migration." *PDF

Advisory Group on Climate Change and Human Mobility and 
Platform on Disaster Displacement. "COP27 Must Act on Human Mobility." *Website & PDF

Migration Policy Institute. "Rebooting the Asylum System? The Role of Digital Tools in International Protection." *Website & PDF

Migration Policy Institute. "Record-Breaking Migrant Encounters at the U.S.-Mexico Border Overlook the Bigger Story." *Website

Center for Migration Studies. "Charitable Legal Immigration Problems and the US Undocumented Population: A Study in Access to Justice in an Era of Political Dysfunction." *Website

International Detention Coalition and UNNM. "Immigration Detention and Alternatives to Detention in the Asia-Pacific Region." *PDF

International Detention Coalition. "Gaining Ground: Promising Practice to Reduce and End Immigration Detention." *PDF

International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA). "Climate and Environment Action Compendium." *Website & PDF

Robert Bosch Stiftung. "At Risk: Environmental Mobility in African Coastal Cities." *Website & PDF

Mercy International Association. "Breaking Boundaries: A Mercy Response to People on the Move." *Website & PDF

IOM. "International Organization for Migration Messages to the 27th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties." *PDF

IOM. Brief Summary, "Institutional Strategy on Migration, Environment and Climate Change 2021-2030." *PDF

IOM. "Migration and the SDGs: Measuring Progress." *Website & PDF


IOM. World Migration Report 2022. *Website
 

Renew Your CoM Membership! 

The membership renewal form for the September 2022-August 2023 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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