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2018 Boston Migration Seminar Contributions of Migrants to Development and Social Innovation in Boston

MAR 19 2018 by SIMN
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The seminar aimed to strengthen inter-institutional collaboration between government bodies and civil society organizations to welcome, protect, promote, and integrate the migrant community in Boston, and contribute to a better understanding of how the migrant community plays an essential role in economic and social development through job creation, entrepreneurship, and social innovation.  

Boston, MA - March 19, 2018 – The Scalabrini Centers for Migration in Boston, the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, and the Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN) are organizing a “Seminar on the Contributions of Migrants to Development and Social Innovation in Boston.” The event was held on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at Boston College.

 

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Declaración de la Red International de Migración Scalabrini - Segunda ronda de negociaciones del Pacto Mundial sobre Migración

MAR 15 2018 by SIMN
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Nueva York, 15 de marzo de 2018 - Con más de 250 programas en todo el mundo al servicio de los migrantes, incluidos los albergues, SIMN conoce muy bien la realidad de los grandes movimientos migratorios. En nuestra experiencia, encontramos que las distinciones marcadas entre migrantes regulares e irregulares y migrantes y refugiados no reflejan lo que está sucediendo sobre el terreno, que es lo que el GCM está tratando de lograr. Una persona puede cumplir con la definición de migrante o refugiado, o puede ser vista como migrante irregular o migrante regular, todo al mismo tiempo.

Por ejemplo, un individuo o familia puede estar buscando la reunificación familiar al mismo tiempo que tienen una necesidad de protección válida. Vemos esto en nuestra experiencia trabajando con migrantes centroamericanos, que pueden estar huyendo de redes de delincuencia organizada al mismo tiempo que tratan de comunicarse con un padre u otro miembro de la familia en los Estados Unidos. Debido a que en algunos casos están huyendo de la violencia generalizada, estas personas o familias pueden no recibir protección de asilo en los Estados Unidos, a pesar de que su devolución puede causar daños o incluso la muerte.

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Statement of Scalabrini International Migration Network—Second round of negotiations of the Global Compact on Migration

MAR 15 2018 by SIMN
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New York, March 15, 2018 - With over 250 programs worldwide serving migrants, including shelters, SIMN is well-versed in the reality of large migration movements.  In our experience, we find that stark distinctions between regular and irregular migrants and migrants and refugees do not reflect what is happening on the ground, which is what the GCM is trying to impact.  A person can meet the definition of a migrant or refugee, or can be seen as an irregular migrant or regular migrant, all at the same time. 

For example, an individual or family can be seeking family reunification at the same time they have a valid protection need.  We see this in our experience in working with Central American migrants, who can be fleeing organized criminal networks at the same time they are trying to reach a parent or other family member in the United States.  Because in some cases they are fleeing generalized violence, these persons or families may not receive asylum protection in the United States, even though their return may result in harm or even death.

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Global Compact on Migration: Issues at Play

FEV 11 2018 by SIMN
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New York, January 11, 2018 - One of the most significant outcomes of the New York Declaration on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants, a non-binding international agreement adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September, 2016, was the launching of a two-year process to develop a Global Compact on Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration, or as it is better known, the Global Compact on Migration.

The goal of the Compact is to identify specific policy goals and best practices to which UN Member States can commit in promoting safe and legal alternatives to irregular migration. While the document will reaffirm important principles outlined in the New York Declaration, its success will be defined by the actions Member States agree to take to address large-scale movements of migrants, ideally in a manner which upholds human rights while preserving national sovereignty.

UN Member States gathered in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from December 4 to 6, 2017 to engage in a “stocktaking” meeting to assess the information gathered from a series of thematic and regional hearings held on various migration issues during 2017. The negotiating stage of the process, in which Member Stateswill negotiate language of the Compact, will begin in February2018, when the “zero draft,” or the initial draft, of the Compactis released by the co-facilitators of the process, Mexico and Switzerland.

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