#InternationalMigrantsDay in times of #COVID-19: The rise of the webmeetings

Today Is #InternationalMigrantsDay, marking the anniversary of the adoption of the “International Convention on the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families” by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Numbers of ratifications keep slowly increasing, but remain at a comparatively (to other core human rights conventions) low 56.In the past years I have compiled numerous statements and Twitter campaigns in this blog – hardly any webinars. This has certainly changed and now I can also present a number of highly promising online events:

I hope many of these events will be made available online afterwards – due to overlaps and time zone challenges alone. I will add info accordingly

Let’s start with one of the major events (which actually has already started by the time of writing):  The Civil Society Action Committee (AC) in cooperation with several partners has put together a whole-day program with special focus on the two-year anniversary of the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (GCM).

You can find the full program here:

If you want to join the live session, you can do so here:


If you are late to the party, you can watch the recordings here (live stream, recording available later:

Here is a statement by the Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants

Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM) – APMM Statement for International Migrants Day 2020 (apmigrants.org)

Here is a webinar – more specifically: a focus group discussion – by AICHR Indonesia on “COVID-19 and Mixed Migration in Southeast Asia: Challenges and Opportunities for Human Rights Protection in ASEAN”

Another highly relevant webinar on Migrant Domestic Workers

And this is the statement by the UN migration Network:


UN Human Rights has launched #StandUp4Migrants – a campaign and online toolbox on how to change the way we speak about migrants and migration

Migration | Stand up for human rights | UN Human Rights (standup4humanrights.org)

MC2CM (Mediterranean City-2-City Migration Project) just wrote me and asked me to add this statement:

International Migrants Day 2020: Cities together | i.Map (imap-migration.org)

And here is a brief blog by World Bank economist Dilip Ratha:

On Global Governance of Migration (worldbank.org)

IOM has decided to publish this video for Migrants Day:

To be updated continously…


About Dr. Stefan Rother

Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute at the University of Freiburg -- Freelance journalist -- You can find my CV at the links below:
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