Policy Building & Advocacy
ICMC’s policy building and advocacy activities form a central pillar of the work and service of the commission, promoting a positive approach to migration that embraces the human dignity of all migrants─regardless of his or her immigration status.
With strategically located offices in Brussels (ICMC Europe), Geneva (Headquarters) and Washington DC (ICMC Inc), ICMC gives voice and representation to its Members─and the migrants they serve─in a variety of critical policy debates and decision-making processes on international and regional levels.
Thanks in part to close working relationships with international institutions such as the Council of Europe, European Commission (EU), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), as well as with governments, faith-based organisations and civil society more broadly, ICMC not only amplifies the voice of the Church on migration internationally, but also serves as a knowledgeable resource on current migration-related developments for its Members, staff and partners around the world.
In particular, ICMC has continued to lead civil society efforts to reinforce the centrality of human dignity, rights and well-being with migration and development related processes, such as the Global Forum on Migration and Development. As a part of this work, ICMC launched MigrationAndDevelopment.net, an on-line point of reference and exchange for NGOs, faith-based and labour organisations, scholars and policy-makers working within the field of migration and development.
In addition to policy and advocacy activities on international levels, ICMC also engages with local authorities, government ministries and civil society to provide training and capacity building towards the improved development and implementation of national migration-related laws, policies and standards. ICMC staff supporting our on-the-ground programmes further advocate for uprooted people on a case-by-case basis, often for survivors of human trafficking and other extremely vulnerable individuals.
Global Forum on Migration and Development 2011
GENEVA, 2 December 2011—The Civil Society Days of the Global Forum on Migration and Development concluded with high energy at the “common space” between civil society and governments on the morning of December 1st. After two days of working sessions that built upon the recommendations of past GFMDs and brought to light new concerns, civil society presented a statement to governments calling for more engagement and leadership to combat xenophobia and promote rights-based migration policies.Read more
Thematic Workshop for the Global Forum on Migration and Development
NEW YORK, 30 June 2011— Speaking at the Thematic Workshop for the Global Forum on Migration and Development at the United Nations in New York, ICMC Head of Policy, John Bingham, discusses the importance and evolution of the Migration Profiles project and civil society perspectives for improvement.Read more
UN Committee on Migrant Workers
GENEVA, 30 April 2010—Speaking on behalf of ICMC and its worldwide network of Church members, and on behalf of the International NGO Platorm on the Migrant Workers' Convention, ICMC Head of Policy and NGO Platform Chair, John Bingham, applauds the committment of the UN Committee on Migrant Workers to migrant domestic worker rights, and underscores the tremendous value and importance of the proposed General Comment on migrant domestic workers.Read more