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IMRF Round table 4 Consultation

The aim of this discussion space is to gather inputs from a broad range of Member States and stakeholders in the preparations for the roundtable, and in particular the drafting of its background note, which is being prepared by OHCHR and UNDESA on behalf of the UN Network on Migration, in support of the Member State co-chairs of the roundtable (to be announced in 2022).

The background paper will address the background, objectives, and guiding questions for the Roundtable. It will be a short paper of 1,000 words and will be available prior to the IMRF. The Roundtable discussions will feed into broader discussions at the IMRF and will adopt a multi-stakeholder approach in line with the whole-of-society guiding principle of the GCM.

To contribute, you are invited to respond to the discussion questions below, or pose your own questions to the moderators and other participants. Responses are welcome in English, French, and Spanish. In case of difficulties posting please contact and

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Discussion Questions & Comments

3. What emerging and priority challenges related to the objectives would you like to see the Roundtable address?

Mohamed Osman The Roundtable should address the constricting civic space for migrant diaspora and civil society organizations, which is a key threat to the successful achievement of Objectives 3, 7 and 17. Especially in destination counties, there is a growing trend of hostility towards and legal restrictions on CSOs that provide advocacy or services to migrants and refugees. These migrant-allied CSOs have been increasingly criminalized for their work, often after being smeared by a toxic narrative painting their assistance to migrants as akin to criminal smuggling or trafficking. In recent years, migrant-allied CSOs have also faced the imposition of onerous administrative or financial burdens on their operations. These criminalization or toxic narrative campaigns and increased obstacles to operation often lead to de jure or de facto haras...

In reply to by Mohamed Osman

Kate Barth  - thank you for your comment.

Civil society, national human rights institutions and other human rights defenders indeed play a vital role in promoting and protecting the human rights of migrants. In keeping with international human rights standards and the whole-of-society approach of the Global Compact for Migration, their activities should be respected and supported. Actions that criminalise, penalize, impede or halt their work, as well as xenophobic and other harmful narratives against migrants and those who defend their rights, can have deadly consequences for migrants and lead to shrinking of civic space.

States should provide, in law and in practice, a safe, accessible and enabling environment for individuals and organizations that work to promote or protect the human rights of migrants...

In reply to by Kate Barth

2. What emerging trends, progress, and innovations related to the GCM objectives under review do you think should be highlighted?

  • Con referencia al objetivo 1 sobre datos, basado en un Diagnóstico sobre la Situación de las Estadísticas y una serie de webinarios organizados por la División de Población de CEPAL y la División Estadística de la ONU en 2021, a nivel regional en América Latina y el Caribe existen varias prácticas del uso de fuentes administrativas para fines estadísticos. El fortalecimiento de la cooperación en materia migratoria en la región ha redundado en la revisión de los procesos de producción de datos de registros administrativos, entre otros. Varios países cuentan con un mecanismo de coordinación interinstitucional, así aplicando el enfoque pan-gubernamental del Pacto en el tema de datos migratorios. También es factible producir indicadores para la formulación y evaluación de políticas,...

In reply to by Mohamed Osman

The GCM recognizes the importance of data to promote evidence-based public discourse to combat xenophobia and eliminate all forms of discrimination. For example, GCM Champion Countries Canada and Ecuador, alongside the Mayors Mechanism, are working together to counter anti-migrant sentiment through the GFMD’s Ad Hoc Working Group on Public Narratives on Migration. Their efforts mitigate xenophobia by demonstrating the contributions of migrants as development actors and safe, well-managed migration as a development accelerator. 

International cooperation is at the heart of each of GCM Objectives 1, 3, 7, and 17 and all others. A revitalized global partnership is needed to renew the solidarity of Member States and all stakeholders as set out in the GCM’s whole of society approach. Commitment to joint action requires the mainstreaming of migration in development planni...

In reply to by Mohamed Osman

This is such an important discussion topic, and I would like to share a few sustainable solutions that have successfully helped our cities in North America improve service access and delivery for disadvantaged migrant populations, provide information and training to guide new arrivals, and strengthen local civic and political participation.

I am the North America Focal Point for the Migration Youth and Children Platform at United Nations MGCY, where we work on addressing a range of social issues affecting young people all around the globe, through policy design and implementation, youth advocacy, capacity building, and open dialogue in identifying emerging issues and creating an evidence base for best practices, at the grassroots, regional, national, and global levels. I am also the Executive Director at Program yoUr Future, where I oversee the research and develop...

In reply to by Mohamed Osman

1. What are the key priorities that should shape discussions and best highlight the issues covered by this Roundtable?

Mohamed Osman a regional research in South Asia under the GOALS programme (Joint UN Programme To Support Collaboration and Effective Labour Migration Governance Launched on Eve of International Migrants Day - Afghanistan | ReliefWeb) has indicated the low level digital literacy amongst migrant workers, especially the low-skilled segment. Improving digital literacy will enable to capture data directly and easily from migrants as well as making it possible to provide information to them. 

In reply to by Mohamed Osman

The COVID-19 pandemic has both illuminated and exacerbated existing structural inequalities, with compounding effects for migrants and displaced persons in situations of vulnerability. Addressing and mitigating these devastating effects is imperative to ensuring their safety and protecting their well-being. Reducing inequalities and eliminating discrimination are also crucial to ensuring a prosperous future for all. As set out in the GCM, reducing vulnerabilities creates the conditions in which migrants are able to reach their full potential, enriching communities and contributing to sustainable development both where they are and where they’re from.  

This can only be achieved through widely available and high-quality data disaggregated by migratory status. Disaggregated data is a prerequisite to advancing progress towards the SDGs and harnessing the develo...

In reply to by Mohamed Osman

With nearly 85% of the world’s population owning smartphones, and its use rising exponentially, especially among young people, prioritizing the design and development of such easy-to-use apps is critical for developing smart and inclusive cities in which city services, buildings, transportation, and infrastructure are connected to networks that in turn, also generate huge datasets with which urban policymakers can then inform and validate new sustainable solutions.

At the same time, while designing tech policy, we must be inclusive of migrants who leave less of a data trail and who may thus be underrepresented in the running and planning of future cities, by co-designing with migrants themselves--both young and old, digitally literate or not, while also keeping in mind the diversity of intersectional identities, including gender, disability, ethnic origin, sexual orie...

In reply to by Mohamed Osman

Objective 1: Collect and utilize accurate and disaggregated data as a basis for evidence-based policies

The lack of harmonisation and standardisation of data hinders a comprehensive assessment of migration patterns, and in turn limits the potential policy space for effective migration management and diaspora investment. The African Migration Observatory (AMO) is an important element to collect information and facilitating coordination between African countries on migration issues. In addition, cross-border traders endure the inefficiencies of border management. With regards to border management, there is a potential opportunity to use UNCTAD customs management system (ASYCUDA) and IOM border management information system (MIDAS) in tandem to collect and exchange data; and facilitate moving and trading across borders.

Objective 3: Provide accurate a...

How can regional consultative processes such as the Colombo Process ( contribute to Objective 23 and specifically enrich the labour migration landscape, which will benefit migrant workers? 

The Spanish Commission for Refugees - CEAR (see focus here: has been claiming for a clear political communication line actively neutralizing any hate speech, altogether with actions directed to reducing social unrest. To do so, it is important to urge the Prosecutor Office to act ex officio to impede the diffusion of racist and xenophobic hoaxes or any other actions or statements againts migrants. Campaings needs to be put in place to foster conviviality and social inclusion at a regional and local level. For instance, as for a specific vein, improving access to the labor market for LGTBI+ migrants, as this collective is sone of the most discriminated. Also asks to pass the Comprehensive Law for Equal Treatment and No Discrimination, creating an independent body to protect and repair every victim of dicrimination. All of which said above falls within the Objective num...

The GFMD Mayors Mechanism – co-steered by United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the Mayors Migration Council (MMC), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) – submits its Position Paper for Roundtable 4.

This paper has been prepared for the 2022 International Migration Review Forum (IMRF). It illustrates the contributions and progress of Local and Regional Governments (LRGs) toward the implementation objectives of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) under discussion at Roundtable 4 of the IMRF. It proposes recommendations to national governments and international organizations for joint action to advance future progress.

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