The People’s Migration Challenge creates a platform for civil society, migrants, and other stakeholders to build a movement of solidarity with the aim to identify solutions to migration-related issues that are action-oriented, innovative, rights-based, and rooted in the SDGs, in particular towards the five thematic areas of:
- Migration, COVID-19, and the New Social Contract
- Race and Ethnicity in Migration
- Regular Pathways and Irregular Migration
- Detention and Return
- Climate Change and Migration
The People’s Migration Challenge follows a global-regional and national-global approach in ensuring that key issues experienced by migrants and civil society from the ground are placed at the center of the discussion and strategizing.
The first round of the global discussions was held from 13 April to 18 May 2021.
Following the first round, a 2-week period was allocated for the first regional/national discourse by regional organizations to convey the action points and recommendations from the first global discussion to stakeholders working at the local, national, and regional level. This period aimed to gather the reflections of those working at the grassroots level against the discussions at the global level.
In June, the organizers will begin the second round of global discussions where we expect to hear from several regions and sub-regions about their feedback following the preceding online meetings. An open conversation virtual meeting is envisaged for the second round to give more opportunities for participants to speak and share their insights.
In August, a third round of global discussions will be started wherein organizers will endeavor to invite sub-region/regions that were not part of the first global discussions as well as elaborate on issues that were not fully expounded on.
The insights, opinions, actions points, recommendations coming out of the People’s Migration Challenge intends to feed into the discussions of various inter-governmental processes such as the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF), the Global Forum for Migration and Development (GFMD), High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), regional consultative processes, and many others.