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The Coordinator's Briefing 19 October 2020

Excellencies, distinguished guests, colleagues,

[EXTERNAL] IOM Press Release: International Migration Within Africa Nearly Doubled Between 2008 and 2017: Report

The second edition of the Report on Labour Migration Statistics in Africa (2017), released by the African Union Commission (AUC) in Addis Ababa on 29 September, reveals that the number of new arrivals from a different African country almost doubled from 13.3 million to 25.4 million migrants over the decade (2008 to 2017), an average annual growth rate of 7.5 per cent. 


[EXTERNAL] Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on the European Commission’s proposed Pact on Migration and Asylum

NEW YORK/GENEVA, 23 September 2020 – “The European Commission’s proposed Pact on Migration and Asylum provides a unique opportunity to prioritize children on the move in EU migration and asylum law and policy, and to address inhumane conditions and systemic failures within the migration response in Europe. UNICEF remains fully committed to working…

[EXTERNAL] Joint Statement by OHCHR and the Council of Europe: “The EU Pact on Migration and Asylum: a renewed opportunity to uphold human rights in migration governance”

BRUSSELS/STRASBOURG, 23 September 2020 - The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees of the Council of Europe and the Regional Representative for Europe of the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) welcome today´s presentation by the European Commission of its new Pact on Migration and Asylum. The launch of the Pact offe…

[EXTERNAL] UNHCR and IOM call for a truly common and principled approach to European migration and asylum policies

On the eve of the launch of the presentation of the European Commission’s new Pact on Migration and Asylum, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and IOM, the International Organization for Migration, are appealing to the European Union (EU) to ensure a truly joint and principled approach that addresses all aspects of migration and asylum governance.

Standing in Solidarity with Migrants: Supporting Civil Society & other Stakeholders in Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The UN Network on Migration salutes all actors providing vital protection, monitoring, advocacy, information and support to and in collaboration with migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Civil society organizations, migrant and diaspora associations, workers and employers organizations, national human rights institutions, youth and women-led organizations, local authorities and communities, the private sector and others play a vital role in protecting many of those rendered most vulnerable by the pandemic and responses to it. The Network calls for increased recognition for this work, including through avenues for meaningful participation and greater governmental and financial support.

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International Day of Family Remittances: The Global Pandemic Highlights the Crucial Role of Remittances for Migrant Families

COVID-19 and its impacts have had far-reaching consequences and exacerbated inequalities. For the 800 million people reliant on migrant family members sending money home – money that many can no longer receive – COVID-19 is more than a deadly virus; it constitutes a devastating and immediate blow to their development , imperiling their access to health, education, housing and nutrition.

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Enhancing Access to Services for Migrants in the Context of COVID-19 Preparedness, Prevention, and Response and Beyond

The impact of COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of ensuring access to services for all.  Whether as a means to ensure we protect our societies against the virus; or to uphold universal rights, COVID-19 demands a truly inclusive response.

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UN Network on Migration Official Statement on the SG’s Policy Guidance: The COVID-19 Pandemic is an Opportunity to Reimagine Human Mobility

Today, the Secretary-General has urged that global efforts to manage the COVID-19 crisis will depend upon public health responses and a comprehensive recovery that include all people. The United Nations Network on Migration welcomes the Secretary-General’s policy guidance on COVID-19 and People on the Move, which provides key lessons from the pande…

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UN Network on Migration Official Statement: Forced Returns of Migrants Must be Suspended in Times of COVID-19

The United Nations Network on Migration is concerned by reports of States in many regions using forced return of migrants as a measure in response to COVID-19. The Network calls on States to suspend forced returns during the pandemic, in order to protect the health of migrants and communities, and uphold the human rights of all migrants, regardless…

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COVID-19 Does Not Discriminate; Nor Should Our Response

As the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations Network on Migration salutes the immense efforts to date to combat this crisis and urges that all – including migrants regardless of migratory status – are included in efforts to mitigate and roll back this illness’s impact. To that end, migrants must be seen as both potential victims and as an integral part of any effective public health response.

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The Coordinator's Briefing

Palais des Nations, Geneva, It is a great pleasure to meet with you today, at the end of a long, busy – and productive – year. I propose to take this opportunity to bring you up to date with the activities of the United Nations Network on Migration in this, its first year of existence.

Joint Statement by the United Nations Network on Migration-Annual Meeting/International Migrants Day

The United Nations Network on Migration commemorates this first anniversary of the adoption in Marrakech, Morocco, of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (Global Compact) and celebrates the world’s 272 million migrants and their important role and the contributions to countries of origin and destination.

Joint Statement by the United Nations Network on Migration on the Second Meeting of the Executive Committee's Principals

14 November 2019 – The Principals of the Executive Committee of the United Nations Network on Migration met today in New York to discuss United Nations system-wide assistance to Member States in their implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM).

Joint Statement by the United Nations Network on Migration on Child Immigration Detention

Child Immigration Detention is Not Only Wrong, It Is Ineffective    

Joint Statement of the United Nations Network on Migration on the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

On the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the United Nations Network on Migration calls upon the international community to accelerate its efforts to stop human trafficking and to protect those who fall victim to traffickers. Migrants are particularly vulnerable, and countries need to urgently adopt holistic, human rights-bas…

Statement by the United Nations Network on Migration High-Level Political Forum

Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen,    It is an honour to address you as the Coordinator of the UN Network on Migration, established by the Secretary-General last year. By bringing together the entities of the UN system working on migration, the Network aims to provide a coherent, system-wide response to the implementation…

Attack on Libyan Detention Centre an "Appalling Breach of International Law"

The United Nations Network on Migration condemns the attack on the refugee and migrant detention centre in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, that has killed at least 40 people and wounded many more.

Joint message by the Members of the UN Network on Migration on the occasion of the International Day of Family Remittances

On occasion of the International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR), proclaimed by the General Assembly in June 2018, the United Nations Migration Network (UNMN) joins the global community in recognizing the crucial contribution of migrant workers and their families to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.