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YPSA Called the Rights of Marginalized Migrants at Global Forum on Migration (PGA) in Marrakech, Morocco

YPSA has participated the world great summit of migration development and human rights as called PGA (People Global Action) which was followed by United Nations. The PGA constitutes an important and an autonomous space for dialogue and debates, in which co-exist points of divergence, but also and foremost points of convergence. Associations, trade-unions and social movements met for two days in order to make a critical evaluation of the governments-led GFMD process (Global Forum on Migration and Development) and to lobby States, for them to establish migration and development policies based on human rights and in compliance with International Conventions.

This heterogeneity and diversity of the Civil society is a real strength and asset to advocate for the rights of migrants and to bring forward the work on migration. This 2018 PGA edition held in Marrakech, on December 8th and 9th, took a particular turn this year as it coincided with the Adoption of the Global Compact for, so called, “Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration”. This raised a number of debates among PGA civil society members sharing sometimes very different points of view. The context which are discussed and adopted in compact. First of all, around ten countries categorically rejected the Compact, often fed by populist movements that use a nationalist and xenophobic rhetoric. Those see in this Pact, an infringement to their sovereignty.

These States, such as Poland, Italy, Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, the United States, Australia, Israel, etc., are hostile to welcome migrants and / or refugees and consider them as a danger for the security of their country. They see through the Compact agreement their very restrictive national policy being challenged. GFMD process (Global Forum on Migration and Development) and to lobby States, for them to establish migration and development policies based on human rights and in compliance with International Conventions. Different parallel session was held along the main events of PGA. At a parallel session Bangladeshi organizations mainly the Labour Migration partners of PROKAS, British Council as YPSA, WARBE DF, RMMRU, BOMSA and IID has organized a session on Struggle of Women Migrants: Bangladesh Context. This session was facilitated by Shirin Lira, IBP Manager and Gender & Social Inclusion Adviser, PROKAS, British Council, Bangladesh.

This session PROKAS Partners as YPSA has shared the challenges and opportunity of Bangladeshi Migrants as well as discussed the role of Grievance Management Committee (GMC) on creating access to Justice of Marginalized migrants. Md. Abdus Sabur, Program Manager, YPSA was attended this global forum on behalf of YPSA.