Migration policy and governance

On international, regional and national levels, a variety of conventions, laws, guidelines and tools address migration-related issues and outline the rights and responsibilities of both governments and migrants. While some of these frameworks are better known and respected than others, each serve as valuable references for protecting the rights and dignity of people on the move.

In addition to regular involvement with the Council of Europe, European Commission, International Labour Organisation (ILO), International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), ICMC collaborates with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and other advocacy partners to promote the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, and improve its effective implementation.

Through this and other critical policy building work, ICMC aims to promote the importance of family unity and social cohesion, refugee resettlement and other durable solutions, dignified migration and development, global migration governance and greater policy cohesion. Above all, ICMC works to improve the protection of all migrants, regardless of legal status, with a special emphasis on victims of violence or trauma in dangerous border crossings, survivors of human trafficking and gender-based violence, migrant workers, vulnerable women and children.

ICMC Europe

Emergency Resettlement Project

In 2013-14, the European Resettlement Network will enter a new phase of development under a joint IOM, UNHCR and ICMC project entitled, ‘Strengthening the response to emergency resettlement needs.’Read more

ICMC Europe

A further joint IOM, UNHCR and ICMC project: Linking in EU resettlement

Building upon the results and achievements of the previous ‘Practical Cooperation in EU Resettlement’ project, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and ICMC have commenced a new follow-up project intended to promote refugee resettlement in Europe by strengthening the engagement and capacity of European Union Member States.Read more

ICMC Europe

DRIVE Referral: A project to improve identification and referral of boat people at arrival in the Mediterranean

This project, led by ICMC Europe, in partnership with 7 other non-governmental organizations (NGOs): ACCEM, CEAR (The Spanish Commission for Refugee Aid), CIR (Italian Council for Refugees Foundation), ECRE (European Council on Refugees and Exiles), JRS (Jesuit Refugee Services) Malta, PRAKSIS and Save the Children Italy, runs from March 2010 until August 2011. It is co-funded by the European Refugee Fund and Council of Europe.Read more

International Migrants Day

Dignity across borders: Solutions in place and within reach

On International Migrants Day it is important to remember what rights and migration can actually do. Most of the world’s 232 million migrants are living and working with legal immigration status: in jobs and countries that need migrant workers even in tough economic times; taking care of their families; paying taxes and social security; many starting or supporting businesses; and contributing measurably to development in countries where they are and come from.Read more

ILO Tripartite Technical Meeting on Labour Migration

Needing ILO on Labour Migration

ICMC is pleased to be one of the NGOs invited here; thank you.

I speak today in the name of our own organization and also as global coordinator of civil society activities in processes of the High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD) and Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). In our five minutes, we have three things to say: on substance, tools, and process; and two questions to ask.Read more

High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development Informal Interactive Hearings

Rebooting global governance of migration and development: An HLD outcome of a 5-year collaboration between civil society and-governments

In November last year, over 800 representatives of civil society organizations met in the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in Mauritius and in the World Social Forum on Migration in Manila. In plenaries and working sessions, we developed the proposal to you to adopt a 5-year Agenda of Collaboration between governments and civil society as an outcome at this year’s High Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD). One of the 8 points on that Agenda is collaborating together, over 5 years, in a practical “reboot” of migration governance.Read more