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Draft Network Workplan 2022-2024



The Network’s Executive Committee invited all stakeholders to contribute ideas towards developing the Network’s workplan. The workplan highlights key priority issues from the GCM and the IMRF’s Progress Declaration for Network activities to support GCM implementation.

A working draft of the Network’s workplan was provided on this space for comments, questions, as well as indications to join working groups and workstreams to help deliver on the suggested activities.

The workplan was discussed at the Network’s annual meeting on 18-19 October at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, and will be finalized with the Network’s Executive Committee Principals meeting in December 2022.

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Discussion Moderator: Amy Muedin

Expected audience: All Network members, stakeholders and Member States

Main language/s of the online discussion: English

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Discussion Questions & Comments

Does the workplan capture a comprehensive plan to support GCM implementation over the next two year period, building on the Progress Declaration?



As Caritas Internationalis Confederation, comprising 162 national Caritas members and 7 regional offices, we welcome the UNNM draft Work Plan 2022-2024 as a crucial tool to contribute to effectively implement the GCM objectives and the Progress Declaration (PD) through a joint and coordinated multi-stakeholder work.

We acknowledge the efforts made by the Network to highlight the top priorities for the years to come and to structure the work in working groups to achieve the GCM objectives and other relevant international commitments. However, we think that the draft work plan needs to be further elaborated and reinforced to capture today’s major challenges and priorities in the GCM implementation.

For our Caritas Confederation, today’s major challenges concern four axes:

1. Safe and regu...

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UN Network 

The Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts (a multi-stakeholder partnership of over 30 civil society, trade union, UN and philanthropic organisations united to ensure that children’s rights are at the heart of implementation of the GCR and GCM) welcomes the United Nations Network on Migration’s draft workplan 2022-2024 as an important framework for coordinated multi-stakeholder efforts to support implementation of the GCM and the Progress Declaration.

Almost 4 years since the adoption of the GCM, the Initiative continues to support its child-centred approach and child-sensitive guiding principle and that it is rooted in core international human rights treaties, including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international instruments. There is an urgent need to uphold commit...

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UN Network 

Yes, the work plan covers a comprehensive plan to support GCM implementation.  However, I feel women migrant's issues need more attention.  There is a gender dimension aspect captured in point 8 but it would be better to add a separate agenda item on women migrant worker's rights as they experience violation of reproductive rights.  In many countries when women migrant workers are found pregnant as result of mandatory medical testing to review their work permits, they get arrested, detained and deported. Women migrant mainly work as domestic workers which is not recognized as work in certain receiving countries hence not covered under labor laws.  So, women migrants labor rights are being violated largely.  They live at employers' houses and experience physical, sexual and mental violence in many cases. ...

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What other priority areas should the Network consider in providing support for GCM implementation?



UN Network 

The UN Network on Migration’s draft workplan lists as a new priority “Strengthening socio-economic integration of migrants” with reference to thematic areas 5 (Improving the social inclusion and integration of migrants) and 4 (Facilitating regular migration, decent work and enhancing the positive development effects of human mobility). This priority area is not yet supported by suggested activities in the draft workplan.

We would recommend that a key objective for such priority area would be the strengthening of migrant participation in law and policy-making, with an eye particularly on increasing the participation opportunities for migrant women. This objective is supported by the IMRF Progress Declaration, which recommends “promoting the meaningful participation of migrants in policy discussions o...

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UN Network 

The IMRF Progress Declaration notes that progress was made ‘in the recognition of the human, cultural, social and economic capital that diasporas bring as well as their engagement and remittances in national development strategies’. However, we also note that more needs to be done, beyond facilitating remittances, to ‘create conditions for migrants and diasporas to fully contribute to sustainable development in all countries’ as per GCM objective 19. In particular, barriers to inclusion in countries of residence can hamper diasporas’ capacity to contribute to countries of origin as well as to communities of residence.

We suggest including a dedicated item on the workplan - either as standalone or as an activity under new priority 5 - focusing on increasing recognition and engagement of diasporas as key a...

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UN Network 

During the last three difficult years caused by the health and economic crisis due to covid-19, migrants have contributed enormously to the development and resilience of their countries and communities of origin, either through the remittances they kept sending or the investments they made. Nevertheless, much more is still to be done to facilitate these flows and maximize their impact for the wellbeing and financial independence of hundreds of millions of migrants and their families back home.

Member States do recognise the importance of remittances and migrants’ investment. They seek linkages and entry points, beyond cost reduction, to amplify the development impact of remittances and migrant contributions, as well as on how including these resources in their national strategies and policies, but their requests for guida...

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1. Our Confederation would highly recommend the Network to introduce a New Priority focusing on the special protection needs of migrant minors, especially of stateless, unaccompanied and separated minors, girls in particular, who are the first victims of human trafficking (sexual abuse and work exploitation) and suffer the most from psychological stresses and problems. More girls and boys than ever are on the move, with 35.5 million having lived outside their country of birth in 2020 and an additional 23.3 million displaced internally, according to a UNICEF Report published in August 2021. Always according to UNICEF estimates, during 2021, there were 7.3 million new displacements of children as consequence of natural disasters; conflict, violence and other crises left a record 36.5 million children displaced from their homes by the end of 2021 – the highest n...

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UN Network 

Thank you very much to the UN Network for providing this important discussion spaces.  CARAM Asia is a regional network of 42 member organizations in 18 countries across Asia including Middle East, working for promotion and protection of migrant worker's labor and health rights with focus of HIV & AIDS.  CARAM Asia welcomes the work plan and would like to draw attention on the recruitment reform area which is very important in Asian context especially where at one side the licensed recruitment agencies exploit migrant workers (MWs) and force them to pay extremely high migration cost which bring MWs under debts.  At other side the non-licensed agents play a crucial role in bringing migrants on visit visa to the receiving countries on the fake promise of arranging work visa for them when they are there.  However...

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Which priority areas are of particular interest to your entity?



Caritas Internationalis is particularly interested in the following priority areas:

  1. Safe and regular pathways for vulnerable migrants, with focus on solutions to fill the legal protection gap for environmentally and climate-induced migrants (if this Priority is (re)activated) and Climate change, the GCM and the Paris Agreement (Ongoing Priority 6);
  2. Strengthening the socio-economic integration of migrants (New Priority 5);
  3. Protection and integration of migrant minors - in particular of unaccompanied and separated minors and with a focus on girls (if a new Priority is included, possibly comprising the issues of the legal status of these minors, their access to education and other basic services, and the issue of family reunification).

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UN Network 

For The Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts, we would like to express our interest in continuing to/ starting to engage with the UN Network on the following priorities in the workplan, including in developing concrete actions that will make a difference to the lives of children in migration: 

Continue our engagement 

  • Alternatives to immigration detention (Ongoing Priority 3)
  • Promoting safe, dignified and rights-based return and readmission, and sustainable reintegration (Ongoing Priority 5)
  • Enhancing regular pathways for migrants in vulnerable situations (Ongoing Priority 10)

Start our engagement

  • Development of a proposed limited set of indicators to review progress related to GCM implement...

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UN Network 

CARAM Asia's priority area is promotion and protection of MW's health rights hence the Network's area of interest is priority area 3 "Preparing for future health emergencies".  Under this priority area the particular areas are: 

Promote the meaningful participation of migrants in policy discussions related to safe access to basic services and integration by organising specific dialogues within migrant groups and other relevant stakeholders to exchange practices and lessons learned, and build collaborative spaces. CARAM Asia already have established community contacts and have done capacity building of migrants and their community leaders who can be engaged into this process along side community-based organizations, government officials from district level to high level and other stakeholders who are beneficiaries ...

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In the past decade, there have been between 75,000 and 120,000 migrant disappearances along the migration route between the Northern Triangle and the United States. Boston University School of Law’s International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC), in collaboration with regional NGOs, has done extensive research to highlight the systemic failures of Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and the United States to investigate migrant disappearances, provide families with remedies for disappearances, and handle migrant remains in a humane and adequate manner. Accordingly, the IHRC roundly supports the inclusion of Network Priority 2 on missing migrants and humanitarian assistance to migrants in distress. 

Within this priority, we encourage the Network to promote transnational mechanisms that facilitate the reporting and identification of missing migrants. In the Central ...

Some comments from the United Kingdom:


  1. We welcome the opportunity to discuss the workplan with the network.  At this stage we note that most of the workstreams have not been filled out, so our comments are quite high level.  We would welcome the network’s guidance on when we will be able to comment on a more detailed draft
  2. We would be particularly interested in the climate workstream, and welcome the involvement of UNFCCC.  The heightened international interest in climate and migration since the GCM was a key feature of the IMRF and we believe the network has a strong mandate for an ambitious work programme in this area.  We stand ready to support
  3. We also welcome the new proposed workstream on KPIs and look forward to hearing more. 
  4. The workplan helpfully sets out the 15 priorities of the ne...

In 04/09/2020, Network of Girls Against Human Trafficking(NoGAHT)in

partnership with action for humanity(Fatou Jagne & lovette Jallow)help bring back 38 Women & Girls back from Lebanon to the Gambia Haman trafficking is real. After series of efforts, in October 2022 Fatou Jagne made to bring back our brothers and sisters who were also trafficked to Dubai using false information to get them into such risky journey with them hoping for a better life.

Fatou later on have funding from Jah Oil, The Gambia and some Gambians for the payment of their air tickets to return home. trafficking is real and we still have more

victims that need help.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity always as a survivor of human trafficking 

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