Migrants and diaspora orgs gather in Istanbul for first CPDE global migrants meeting

Istanbul, Turkey – A total of 18 migrant and diaspora organisations and advocacy NGOs from Asia, North America, Europe, Africa, MENA, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Pacific met in Istanbul, Turkey last 8-9 October to discuss the migrant/diaspora issues in development under the development effectiveness framework.

The global migrants/diaspora meeting is part of the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness’ (CPDE) outreach efforts to the migrants/diaspora constituency in response to their interest to be part of the CPDE. This also provided an avenue for the CPDE to understand the depth of diaspora issues.

CPDE Co-Chair for Outreach and CSO Effectiveness Jorge Balbis facilitated the discussion on aid and development effectiveness and provided entry points for the migration agenda.

“Migrants and diaspora organisations are critical in deepening the development effectiveness agenda to bring real change in the current aid architecture,” he said.

“Migrants and diaspora organisations have been engaging the development effectiveness agenda since Accra,” said Ramon Bultron of the Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM). “It’s time to integrate a sector that advances the genuine concerns of migrants and diaspora groups worldwide,” he added.

Taking place days ahead of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) – an annual intergovernmental meeting on migration, the CPDE meeting highlighted concerns from grassroots migrant groups.

“Global talks on migration have always been focused on its potential for economic development,” said International Migrants Alliance (IMA) Chairperson Eni Lestari.

According to Lestari, discussions on migrant remittances and its growing contribution to economies of sending countries often happen without giving sufficient weight on issues of the rights of overseas workers, refugees, and the diaspora community.

Participants, on the second day, agreed on a migrants/diaspora agenda that focuses on capacity development needs of the sector, a mapping research of migrant issues, and further outreach work. The said agenda embodies the concerns and initiatives the migrants/ diaspora constituency would like to pursue within the CPDE as they go on the integration process into the platform.

An Interim Coordinating Group (ICG) was formed to liaise with the CPDE Global Secretariat and coordinate with the wider membership as follows:

  • Global: Eni Lestari, IMA (Co-convener)
  • MENA: Ramy Alkaissy, ABAAD
  • Asia: Ramon Bultron, APMM
  • LAC: Miguel Angel Paz Carrasco, COMPA (Co-convener)
  • North America: Joanna Concepcion, Filipino Migrants Center – United States
  • Pacific: Pefi Kingi, PacificWIN
  • Europe: Onyekachi Wambu: The Africa Foundation for Development, UK
  • Africa: Tola Winjobi, CAFSO-WRAG for Development/Civil Society Network for Migration and Development
  • Anas El Hasnaoui, Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), in his capacity as part of the Coordination Committee will help the group for the period.
  • The two-day forum ended with an outcome statement covering the discussions and agreements during the two-day meeting. ###

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