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Below are this year’s themes.
Global Compact on Migration
At the High Level Summit on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants in September 2016, UN Member states committed to developing a Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration to be completed and adopt in 2018. Consultations are going on through November 2017, and the compact will then be drafted in 2018. This compact is meant to present a framework for comprehensive international cooperation on migrants and human mobility, and it will deal with various aspects of international migration, “including the humanitarian, developmental, human rights-related” aspects, among others. While states have the final say on what goes into the compact, stakeholders including migrant and other civil society organizations will be able to contribute their experience and expertise to the process through a variety of channels. It is critical that civil society and especially migrant organizations follow and engage with the process, because the resulting compact will affect migration policy and practices on the ground for years to come, and will have real effects on the lives of migrants. These effects could be for better or for worse—some issues are framed in ways that will be challenging for migrants, such as the language on return and readmission, “improving cooperation in this regard between countries of origin and destination.”
Key items on states’ list of issues to be addressed include:
- Effective protection of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, including women and children, regardless of their migratory status
- Specific needs of migrants in vulnerable situations
- Combating racism, xenophobia, discrimination and intolerance towards all migrants
- The inclusion of migrants in host societies, access to basic services for migrants and gender-responsive services
- Remittances, including lowering costs of sending remittances
- Addressing migration drivers (such as absence of decent work opportunities, loss of livelihood due to climate change or disaster)
- Regularization policies
- Protection of labour rights and a safe environment for migrant workers
- Promotion of labour mobility, including circular migration
- Recognition of foreign qualifications, education and skills and cooperation in access to and portability of earned benefits
- International cooperation for border control
- Combating trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants and contemporary forms of slavery
Sustainable Development and Migrant Organising
Migrants and refugees can become protagonists and architects of a just and more sustainable people-led development. The organisations and networks of the migrants and refugees fight for the rights of migrants and refugees and their families, their integration into host societies, their ability to lead full lives in their place of residence and promotes their active role in development. Based on people’s needs, our actions aim to build social cohesion and peace, constantly seeking to achieve coexistence in a human rights and social justice framework. These actions contribute directly to the enrichment of both the host and home country on the social, cultural, political and economic level.
Campaign against Racism/Xenophobia
This workshop will continue workshop that was held during the PGA in Dhaka. The aim of the workshop is to develop a platform to bring together and strengthen national-regional efforts agains Racism and Xenofobia. In Dhaka we identified the following political calendar for the Campaign: March 21 2017 (The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination) and December 10 ( International Human Rights Day).