You’re Invited: 6th Intl Assembly of Migrants & Refugees (Dhaka, 09Dec2016)

You’re Invited: 6th Intl Assembly of Migrants & Refugees (Dhaka, 09Dec2016)

The APMM is inviting all to the 6th International Assembly of Migrants & Refugees happening on December 9, 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The IAMR5 is a parallel conference happening around the Global Forum on Migration and Development.

Please see below the concept and details of the IAMR6.

If you are interested in participating in the IAMR6, please feel free to contact ima.sect@gmail.com.

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IAMR6 – International Assembly of Migrants & Refugees

CCDB Hope Foundation (http://www.hopefoundation-bd.org)

Baroipara, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh

9 December 2016

 

The IAMR

The 6th International Assembly of Migrants and Refugees (IAMR6) is a parallel conference to the 9th Global Forum on Migration and Development.

Organized mainly by grassroots migrant organizations together with advocates and other networks, the IAMR6 is a one-day event that aims to gather migrants, refugees and advocates from Bangladesh and around the world to discuss the current international migration trends and develop plans of actions and resolutions in ways forward. In particular, it hopes to (a) highlight the issues and concerns surrounding Bangladeshi migrants and the latter’s demands for government response and (b) tackle the global compact developed by the United Nations to address the ongoing refugee crisis and the problems of international migration.

The IAMR6 is organized by International Migrants Alliance (IMA) together with Churches Witnessing With Migrants (CWWM), Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM), IMA Research Foundation and Tenaganita.

The IAMR6 will be held at the CCDB Hope Foundation, where the Churches Witnessing With Migrants (CWWM) will hold its activity (December 7-8).

What is the GFMD?

The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) is a high-level gathering of governments, business and other stakeholders to champion the migration for development framework. This framework centers on the need to facilitate migration and make use of migrants’ remittances to aid in development. Nonetheless, since the GFMD’s inception in 2007, problems confronting migrants, in particular exploitation and trafficking to name a few, have not been addressed in this forum.

The 9th session of the GFMD “would be the first key global event on migration and development in the context of these global commitments” (i.e. 2030 Agenda). While the aims of the GFMD in contributing solutions and ways forward to achieving the 2030 agenda are noble, it continues to adopt the neoliberal frame in developing such responses while continually ignoring the current problem of international migration – that is it forced migration. The main stakeholders of this concern, the migrants and refugees, remain at the tail-end of the discussions as issues of abject poverty, an economy riddled with neoliberal policies, local conflicts and strife force them to leave and find greener pastures in other countries.

What is the Global Compact?

The Global Compact contains principles and recommendations that aim to address problems and conditions facing migrants and refugees. Coming out as a result of the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants on September 19, 2016, the global compact hopes to have governments commit to enhancing management of migration, strengthening international cooperation, and addressing needs of migrants particularly those in vulnerable status.

What is the situation of Bangladeshi migrants?

Bangladesh has 2.04 million citizens living and working abroad, with a rough estimate of 500,000 going overseas for work every year. Documented are reports of abuse committed against Bangladesh migrants in the workplace, modern-day slavery (as characterized by unpaid labor, withheld documents, among other things), exploitation by recruitment agencies. In addition, refugee crises such as those in East Bengal and the Rohingya add to the many problems confronting Bangladesh.

Program

  1. Public Forum on Migration Issues in Bangladesh (10:00AM-12:00NN)

The public forum on migration issues in Bangladesh wishes to present the push and pull factors surrounding migration in Bangladesh. Invited resource persons will highlight the current state of Bangladeshi migrants working abroad and the demand for an immediate, concrete and proactive response from the government, the refugee issues in the country, and the root causes of forced migration.

  1. Public Demonstration (Protest Rally at GFMD venue) (1:00PM-2:00PM)

The public demonstration aims to highlight the demands and concerns of both local Bangladeshi and international CSOs to the organizers and members of the GFMD. The discussions and resolutions coming out of the public forum will serve as the meat of the demands.

  1. International Forum on the Global Compact(4:00PM to 7:00PM)

International and local participants of the IAMR6 will tackle the content of the Global Compact and discuss ways forward in effectively engaging in this process and the achievement of goals set in the said compact.

For More Information

Please contact the IMA Secretariat for more details: ima.sect@gmail.com

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