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Community of Practice: Voices from the Ground

The COVID-19 pandemic is deeply impacting all of our lives, including the lives of migrants and their families.

With that in mind and given the many questions and uncertainties that this pandemic will raise, the UN Network on Migration is creating this platform to provide a space for the latest information about COVID-19, specifically as it relates to migrants and people on the move.

We also hope that this serves as a forum in which to highlight the many stories and voices from the ground of migrants and our stakeholders. Migrants and their families are often part of marginalized and vulnerable groups in societies already experiencing economic hardship and marginalisation.  These hardships risk being exacerbated as a result of containment measures and xenophobic scapegoating. Migrants are also part of the solution, as members of communities and as frontline workers in providing food, transportation, care, and other services.

By collating these stories, we hope to provide a space in which we can highlight the very real, human impacts of this pandemic.  We hope, too, to provide a space in which, together, we can use these stories both to advocate for a response to COVID-19 that truly does not discriminate, and provide principled guidance as to how this should be done.

Please note that the views and opinions shared through this platform do not necessarily reflect those of the UN Network on Migration, its Secretariat, or its constituent parts. It is our intention that this platform will facilitate the much needed respectful exchange of factual, constructive, information during these troubling times, and that through dialogue and information sharing we may all work towards enjoying better days ahead. We hope sincerely, and expect, that these best intentions will be shared and honoured, and that in this way we may continue to work better together.

Online Series


International Migrants Bill of Rights Initiative

Why Working Together on Global Migration is Vital to Pandemic Recovery

Statements and Practical Steps

International Catholic Migration Commission

May the Coronavirus Crisis Open Our Eyes and Hearts

The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action

Technical Note: Protection of Children during the Coronavirus Pandemic

International Detention Coalition

IDC Position on Covid-19

Webinar: COVID-19 and the Rights of Migrants
Civil Society Action Committee, International Council of Voluntary Agencies, International Migrants Bill of Rights

Webinar: COVID-19 and the Rights of Migrants

About the Migration Network Hub

What is the Migration Network Hub?

The Hub is a virtual “meeting space” where governments, stakeholders and experts can access and share migration-related information and services. It provides curated content, analysis and information on a variety of topics.

The Hub aims to support UN Member States in the implementation, follow-up and review of the Global Compact for Migration by serving as a repository of existing evidence, practices and initiatives, and facilitating access to knowledge sharing via online discussions, an expert database and demand-driven, tailor-made solutions (launching in 2021).

What content is displayed in the Hub?

The Hub aims to help you find information on migration, ranging from policy briefs and journal articles, existing portals and platforms and what they offer, to infographics and videos. The different types of resources submitted by users undergo peer review by a panel of experts from within the UN and beyond, before being approved for inclusion in the Hub. To provide guidance to users based on findings of the needs assessment, the content is ordered so that more comprehensive and global resources are shown before more specific and regional ones. Know a great resource? Please submit using the links above and your suggestion will be reviewed. Please see the draft criteria for existing practices here.

Apply to join the Peer Review Roster

Content submitted to the Migration Network Hub is first peer reviewed by experts in the field from both the UN and beyond. Applications are welcomed to join the roster on an ongoing basis. Learn more here.

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