Weekly Update, 8 January 2021
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January 2021

Upcoming Meeting

14 January 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 January. Please join us via video conference. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.


Civil Society Representatives Prepare for the GFMD

The 2020 GFMD Civil Society Preparatory Meeting opened on 7 January 2020. As in previous years, the purpose of the meeting is to brief and prepare civil society delegates to engage in the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Summit, which this year takes place online.  Across four days from 7-15 January, some 240 civil society representatives will develop a set of inputs and recommendations to guide their interventions in the Summit.

The meeting was opened by Stéphane Jaquemet, Director of Policy at the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) and head of the GFMD Civil Society Coordinating Office. Jaquemet reflected on the wide-ranging and ongoing consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the disproportionate price paid by migrants and global mobility. He called on civil society to be “a strong and principled voice, and also a partner” in ensuring that recovery measures are “inclusive, gender-sensitive and generate a climate of togetherness.”

Jaquemet noted the positive progress of civil society participation in the GFMD, resulting in the “full multi-stakeholder approach” of the 2021 Summit. “We no longer need Civil Society Days separate but unequal from the GFMD Summit,” he said. However, Jaquemet added: “We still need to meet first among ourselves to be better prepared collectively. This is the very raison d’être of our Civil Society Preparatory Meeting, starting today.”

Read more here.

Pilot Testing of the Migration Network Hub

Greetings from the UN Network on Migration! 
Please find here an invitation to register for the Migration Network Hub Pilot Testing which will be held online via Webex on 21 January between 3.00 and 4.30pm CET (in English only). 
We invite you to register by 15 January through the Eventbrite link. If you are unable to join the event, we also provide the option of filling out the survey without attending the pilot testing webinar. To do so, please register on Eventbrite so that you can receive further instructions.

Questions can be addressed to


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.


Deadline Extended: Contribute to efforts of the UN Network on Migration's thematic working group 3 on regular pathways

The United Nations Network on Migration was established to ensure effective, timely and coordinated system-wide support to States in their implementation, follow up and review of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

Thematic Working Group 3 on Pathways for Admission and Stay to Address and Reduce Vulnerabilities Faced by Migrants is one of six thematic working groups established under the Network, tasked with “Strengthening States’ capacities to expand regular migration pathways, including admission and stay, and to address and reduce vulnerabilities faced by migrants”. The Working Group is comprised of representatives of UN agencies, civil society organizations and technical experts from across the world, and is co-convened by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, ACT Alliance and the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network.

In order to support this work, the Network would be most grateful to receive relevant information from you via the attached questionnaire, which seeks to gauge the extent to which safe and regular pathways are currently available and accessible to migrants in situations of vulnerability, including in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Information provided in response to this questionnaire will be used by the Network to develop targeted guidance and tools, and to pilot this guidance, inter alia through the facilitation of peer-to-peer exchanges with Member States, UN partners, and other stakeholders, and will not be made public.

Additional details may be found here, and a link to the questionnaire may be found here. Please send all information by 11 January 2021 to . Due to a limited capacity for translation, UN Network on Migration kindly requests that your submissions be in English. 


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!


Call for Civil Society Climate Action Stories

Everyday around the world, civil society takes action on climate change that inspires others and benefits the planet. These stories of positive impact provide hope for the future.

As the world confronts the pandemic and embarks on recove
ry, there is growing recognition that the recovery must be a pathway to a green and sustainable society. Since there are many challenges ahead, good ideas should be widely exchanged. This is why the United Nations now calls for civil society organizations to share your stories.

The UN Department of Global Communications is launching a campaign to highlight the achievements of civil society on behalf of the climate, the planet, and global well-being through social media posts Our actions will inspire others. Working together, we can make a difference.

Submit your story here.

7-15 January: Civil Society Preparatory Meeting for the Global Forum on Migration and Development. *Details

12 January: New Sanctuary Coalition. Beyond "Abolish ICE": Abolition in the Immigration Context. *Details and Registration

13 January: Children and the Global Compact on Refugees. A year since the Global Refugee Forum: What now? Interactive online event hosted by the Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts. 9:00am-10:15am (EST). *Details

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

21 January: Migration Network Hub Pilot Testing. Held online via Webex. 9:00am-10:30am (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.


Journal on Migration and Human Security. Caught in the Crossfire: Challenges to Migrant Protection in the Yemeni and Libyan Conflicts. *Website

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.

Civil Society Action Committee. Which way forward on the implementation of the Global Compact for Migration in the era of Covid-19: Objective 5 and international cooperation are the keys. Read here.

Hope Border Institute. Root Causes of US Migration. Read here

Migration Policy Institute. The Divergent Trajectories of the Global Migration and Refugee Compacts: Implementation amid crisis. *Website *PDF

UN Refugee Agency. UNHCR Recommendations to the European Union: Resettlement Needs and Key Priorities for 2021. Read here.



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Bangladesh to Ship New Group of Rohingya Refugees to Remote Island

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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