Migration and development
While many organisations work either in migration or development, ICMC Members and other Church bodies are among the few that work in both. Over the past five years, and with yet greater commitment since the 2006 UN High Level Dialogue on Migration and Development, ICMC has actively participated in what as become an established discussion on international levels about the interrelation between migration and development.
From debates on remittances and “brain drain”, to labour recruitment and co-development, ICMC works to reinforce the centrality of human dignity, rights and well-being in policies affecting, or potentially affecting, migrants and their families. ICMC is active in processes related to the Global Forum on Migration and Development and has played a key role in preparing for the forum’s Civil Society Days, served on the International Advisory Committee and drafted numerous background papers voicing the concerns raised by ICMC Members─primarily on the right to family unity, the right to migrate and the right not to migrate.
As part of this work to re-centre migration and development debates on the migrant as a human person, and to aid civil society in better organising its collective voice within these policy-building processes, ICMC launched MigrationAndDevelopment.net. This collective site serves as 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.