Marking another step towards improving the protection of migrant workers and members of their families worldwide, the International Catholic Migration Commission has joined with the International Steering Committee for the Campaign for Ratification of the Migrant Rights Convention in launching, on 30 April 2009, a new, user-friendly Guide on ratification of the International Convention on the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families.
This publication provides a gaps analysis regarding migrants and their families in today’s societies and presents 35 concrete recommendations for addressing the identified gaps.
It is based on a consultation on migration with ICMC members throughout Asia, held in Manila in August 2008 and organized by ICMC, in cooperation with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. The 40 participants represented ICMC members from 18 countries in the region and included 15 archbishops and bishops.
The publication was prepared to contribute to the debate at the Global Forum on Migration and Development, which united more than 160 governments and some 200 Civil Society representatives in Manila at the end of October.
Published by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, with input from organizations including ICMC, the Guidelines give humanitarian actors useful inter-agency, inter-sectoral guidance and tools for responding effectively in the midst of emergencies.
Reflecting the insight of ICMC and numerous other agencies and practitioners, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines for mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings provide valuable information to organizations and individuals on how to respond appropriately during humanitarian emergencies.
The Guidelines include a matrix, with guidance for emergency planning, actions to be taken in the early stages of an emergency and comprehensive responses needed in the recovery and rehabilitation phases. The matrix is a valuable tool for use in coordination, collaboration and advocacy efforts. It provides a framework for mapping the extent to which essential first responses are being implemented during an emergency.
In preparing for its July 2006 Council meeting, ICMC invited its 172 members worldwide to consider and strategize how to strengthen, develop and deploy our response to the different types and needs of people on the move today, in a world that increasingly needs migrants but does not always seem to appreciate their presence.
ICMC’s discussion involved people of all levels engaged all over the world on behalf of refugees and migrants, and resulted in this document, which reflects an understanding of the main issues in international migration today and identifies a four-year plan of action that ICMC will pursue as a commission, as an operational agency, and as a voice on behalf of refugees, victims of trafficking and other migrants everywhere.