The International Migration Review Forum 2022 #IMRF22

Written by Kholoud EL MORABET

31 May 2022

From 17 until 20 May 2022, ADEPT has attended the first International Migration Review Forum #IMRF22 taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The event was hosted by the President of the UN General Assembly and consists of four interactive multi-stakeholder round tables, a policy dialogue, and a plenary. And resulted in an intergovernmentally agreed Progress Declaration.
On the first day of #IMRF, an Informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearing took place and resulted in a summary of key recommendations that were presented at the opening segment of the plenary of the IMRF by the civil society representative. During the interactive discussion, ADEPT’s executive director Mirana Rajoharison has explained how the efforts from migrants and diaspora organisations networks were still minimised. However, they are in fact the first to react in the moment of crisis.
On the second day of #IMRF, two roundtables took place between the morning and afternoon:
– The first roundtable focused on progress made in the implementation of objectives 2, 5, 6, 12 and 18 of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (#GCM).
– The second roundtable will focus on progress made in the implementation of objectives 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13 and 21 of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (#GCM).
During the third day of the #IMRF, ADEPT has intervened at the roundtable 3 that focused on progress made in the implementation of objectives 14, 15, 16, 19, 20 and 22 of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (#GCM). Mirana Rajoharison, ADEPT’s Executive Director, stated: “The engagement of state actors and international entities is essential in order for diaspora and migrant communities to reach their full potential. Supporting diaspora communities is adding thousands of agents of development to the multilateral cooperation.”
Continuing through the International Migration Review Forum week #IMRF, ADEPT has attended the Plenary session taking place at the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations headquarters. The session was animated by:
– H.E. Mr. Abdulla Shahid, President of the General Assembly,
– H.E. Mr. António Guterres, UN Secretary-General,
– H.E. Mr. António Vitorino, Director General of the International Organization for Migration and Coordinator of the United Nations Network on Migration,
– Ms. Elana Wong, Global Focal Point, Migration Youth & Children
Platform, Major Group for Children and Youth, migrant representative,
– Mr. Colin Rajah, Coordinator of the Civil Society Action Committee, civil society representative to present a summary of the informal interactive multi-stakeholder hearing.


On the last day of the IMRF, Grégory Dianzenza (ADEPT’s PAP officer) spoke at the side event hosted in collaboration with Migration Youth and Children Platform (MYCP), Unicef, IOM, Terres des Hommes, and the International Federation for Medical Students’ Association (IFMSA). The main topic of the panel was ‘Youth Lead: Children & Youth Engagement in the Implementation of the GCM’. At UNICEF premises, Mme. Verena Knaus, Global Chief of Migration & Displacement, UNICEF IOM opened the session. She emphasized that the inclusion of children and young people in these processes is extremely important and encouraged them to continue to ask pressing and uncomfortable questions. Afterwards, Ms. Alicja Lelwic, Incoming Global Focal Point for the Migration Youth & Children Platform, set the scene before letting the moderator Florencio Venté take over.


In a 1-hour debate, the panelists were invited to answer the following questions: What do young people want/call for? What are their needs for participation and engagement?  What are some examples of effective facilitation of children and youth participation, and how can they be scaled? and What can stakeholders in decision-making positions pledge to do to address these needs?

Watch their answer here

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