Dialogue on the International Migration Review Forum - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
10 February 2022
14:00–16:30

Beirut time

Regional Consultation

Dialogue on the International Migration Review Forum

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The United Nations Network on Migration for the Arab Region held a meeting with the different stakeholders in the region, in preparation for the International Migration Review Forum (IMRF).

The meeting aimed to:

  1. Provide stakeholders with an overview of the IMRF in 2022, as well as the different modes of engagement and contribution;
  2. Learn about their planned contributions to the IMRF and their national efforts;  
  3. Discuss the support provided by the United Nations Network on Migration at the national, regional and global levels, to ensure an optimal engagement from the relevant stakeholders, and build on the lessons learnt from the Global Compact for Migration Regional Review in February 2021.

Outcome document

 

Issues of extreme importance for ensuring safe orderly and regular migration from and to our region: 

  1. The importance of a continued whole of society whole of government approach to migration government beyond the review
  2. The need to learn from the lessons we learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic to improve migrants’ rights, including their right to access health and education. Beyond access, there is also a need to develop services that are responsive and sensitive to migrants needs.
  3. The need to intensify efforts to provide access to skill development and upskilling for migrants, especially to young migrants.  
  4. The need to enhance efforts to better protect migrants in vulnerable situations including children, women, victims of trafficking among others.
  5. The need for a revamping of the system to protect migrant workers.
  6. The importance of ensuring that national level efforts on migration governance trickle down and reflect local level realities of migrants and migration.
  7. The need to raise migrants’ voices and encourage advocacies through empowering the role of civil organization and migrants’ networks in the Arab region to better protect and empower migrants.
  8. The need to combat xenophobia and discrimination against migrants to and from the Arab region.
  9. The importance of encouraging more research on migration in the region, and the need to galvanize the role of academics and academic institutions. 
  10. The need to build a better enabling environment through supporting the data production to ensure evidence-based policies, allocating the needed resources to implement the necessary initiative for achieving the GCM objectives, and the need to strengthen the partnerships at all local, national, regional and global levels.
  • Summary and Lessons learnt from stakeholder engagement during the GCM Regional Review; and
  • Summary of the Stakeholders Inputs to the Regional Review and presentation of the results of the Stakeholders Survey

Participants discussed emerging priority issues for stakeholders in GCM implementation, and gaps, challenges, best practices and way forward

Speakers highlighted the roadmap leading to the IMRF

ESCWA And IOM representatives delivered the final messages and their closing remarks.


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