Almost 90 million people, 1 out of every 35, are living outside
their country of birth due to globalization, the negative impact of
free trade, lack of decent work in the home country, health emergencies,
poverty, war and discrimination.
Of the million or more people who are trafficked across international
borders every year, 70% are women, and 50% are children who are at
grave risk of violent treatments and sexual abuse.
Migrant workers are often in situations similar to slavery or forced
labor involving increased risk of abuse and exploitation. Those who
are undocumented rarely seek justice for fear of expulsion.
Countries are very hesitant to discuss migration and have been very
successful in not addressing this issue and delaying any action.
NGO Committee on Migration
The NGO Committee on Migration supports the formation of a PERMANENT
FORUM ON MIGRATION ISSUES within the United Nations to include all
stakeholders and calls for:
• The ratification by all member states of the International
Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers
and members of their Families.
• The endorsement by all member states of the international
labor standards developed by the International labor Organization.
• The engagement of all member states in a collaborative efforts
to halt human trafficking and to accept sexual violence and discrimination
as a basis for asylum.
• The establishment of networks of citizens and media organizations
within and among member states to promote awareness of the plight
of migrants and accurate information on the conditions of migrants.
• The formation of national action plans to address the needs
of employment in home countries and review labor contracts to ensure
the protection of basic human rights.
• The development of strategies by member states to develop
programs to assist gender specific integration of migrants into
the country of destination and address s discriminatory cultural
practices oppressing women.