[Statement] IMA on US withdrawal from GCM

US withdrawal from migration pact shows callous disregard of need to protect rights of migrants: Trump wants perpetration of exploitation and forced displacement

Reference: Ms. Eni Lestari, IMA Chairperson
4 December 2017

The recent US government’s pronouncement of withdrawing from the process of creating the United Nations Global Compact on Migration is a callous disregard of the need for the international community to address pressing concerns of the millions of displaced peoples. It reeks of arrogance just so it can ensure the unchecked implementation of anti-immigrant policies within the US while maintaining the current global migration design of forced migration and exploitation of migrants.

In a statement signed by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the US government stated that the provisions of the GCM are “inconsistent with the US Immigration and refugee policies and the Trump administration’s immigration principles.”

Clearly, what the US government meant was that challenges thrown to the GCM process by migrants and advocates to make the said compact address human rights, labor issues, gender concerns, and the root causes of migration – even while States drumbeat resources gained from migration – are not consistent with Trump’s immigration policy directions.

The Trump immigration policies include massive cuts in the number of immigrants allowed in the US, widespread crackdown – arrest, detention and deportation of undocumented migrants – and further exploitation of immigrants allowed to stay in the country. As President, Donald Trump has pushed for the construction of a wall on the US-Mexico border and implemented a travel ban on six Muslim majority countries.

The International Migrants Alliance (IMA) believes that such withdrawal is a total disregard of the importance and principles of international cooperation and solidarity, and an arbitrary reneging from commitments reflected in the New York Declaration that resulted from the UN Summit on Migrants and Refugees held in September last year.

Even before the non-binding global compact is negotiated and its implementation providing no assurance for drastic and concrete changes, the Trump administration is already afraid to be put accountable to the intensifying displacement of people due to neoliberal policies and the multiple wars that are both championed by the US. The twin measures that the US upholds perpetuate massive poverty and unemployment, environmental degradation, constriction of social services, and a host of other grave impacts that force people to leave their countries of origin only to be trapped in further vulnerable and exploitative conditions in countries of destination.

IMA believes that such decision made by the Trump administration to withdraw from the GCM process can create a bandwagon effect especially on the commitments that major receiving countries of migrants and refugees will pledge. The GCM that is already in a tenuous position to resolve issues of migrants will end up as another shallow pact of UN Member States.

The International Migrants Alliance, the global alliance of migrants, immigrants and refugee organizations is calling its members in more than 30 countries including its allies to remain vigilant in this on-going process of crafting a global compact on migration and refugees.

IMA will continue to expose and oppose the root causes of forced migration and the exploitation of migrants. IMA will pursue the building of the global movement of migrants to resist neoliberal dictates and agenda on migration. It will continue to advance changes in all levels – national to international – that will uphold the rights and wellbeing of migrants and bring about a more democratic and pro-people system where migration is a free exercise of right and not an instrument and result of an exploitative and oppressive capitalist system.

IMA Statement on 2016 Migrants Day

Strengthen the grassroots movement of migrants:
Fight back against neoliberal globalization, forced displacement and violations of our rights!

18 December 2016

On the occasion of the International Migrants Day, the International Migrants Alliance (IMA) gives our salute to all migrants and displaced people who continue to work on the ground to defend the rights and promote the wellbeing of the sector.

We give our highest regard to grassroots migrants who – despite odds and obstacles – continue to build their organized strength, empower their communities, expose their real conditions, and confront policies and powers that exploit, oppress and marginalize foreign workers.

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HK FDW to address UN assembly for first time on rights of migrants vs exclusion, commodification and slavery

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Press Release
08 September 2016
For reference: Eni Lestari
Chairperson
Tel. No.: 96081475

HK FDW to address UN assembly for first time on rights of migrants vs exclusion, commodification and slavery

The world must know of the plight of migrant workers. The world must know that in Hong Kong, migrant domestic workers are still very much marginalized, excluded and unprotected.

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2016 International Labor Day Statement

Fight for our rights, our families, our future:
Migrant and local workers unite for a world
without imperialist globalization!

1 May 2016

A world without imperialism is possible.

This is the statement of the International Migrants Alliance as we join the movements of workers and peoples around the world in commemorating International Labour Day this 2016.

Everywhere, imperialism causes suffering to workers and peoples. Through the years, it has imposed the neoliberal policies of liberalisation, deregulation and privatisation that have spelled doom on many economies, devastating our agriculture and industry, and causing long-stricken poverty and social unrest. Continue reading

IMA Statement on Brussels Bombing

Justice to the victims of the Brussels bombings:

Equally defend all migrants and peoples against terrorism, racism, militarism and war!

The International Migrants Alliance, a global alliance of grassroots migrants, refugees and displaced peoples organizations and their advocates, expresses its sincerest sympathy and solidarity with the people of Belgium as they rise from the tragic terrorist attacks.

In the morning of March 22, both the Brussels Airport and the Maelbeek Metro Station were bombed killing 35 civilians and injuring more than 170. The terrorist group Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) admitted to the heinous acts. Continue reading

Statement on the 2015 IMD

Let Odds Be In Our Favor: Defend the Rights, Welfare and Dignity of Migrants and Peoples! Fight and Fail Neoliberal Attacks on Us and Our World!

Statement of the International Migrants Alliance on the 15th International Migrants Day
18 December 2015

This year, migrants have faced tremendous odds. Economies of receiving and developed countries have remained in the brink of collapse and have not recovered since 2008. The continued adherence of world powers to neo-liberal policies has created fragile economies, jobs have been scant and unemployment remains high. To mask the weakness of their economies, governments from the North are quick to blame the migrants as the source of job scarcity, fueling xenophobia and racism against the migrants, despite the reality that the most dangerous and dirty jobs are being reserved for the them. This is happening in the midst of the top 1% continuing with the plunder of taxes and public funds, coupled with governments imposing belly-crushing belt-tightening policies and austerity measures. Continue reading

Statement of the International Migrants’ Alliance on 2015 International Human Rights Day and for the International Campaign vs. TPPA

Stand up for human rights and dignity! Migrants unite against TPPA!

10 December 2015

For our sake and the sake of our people, let’s say no to TPPA!
The International Migrants’ Alliance (IMA) stands with people’s organizations, anti-globalization activists, human rights advocates and the international community in opposing the TransPacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

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The TPPA contains the very key ingredient that has caused so much misery to peoples all over the world and the devastation of our world itself – neoliberal globalization. Under neoliberal globalization, policies of liberalization, deregulation and privatization will be imposed on many countries participating in the TPPA and intensify those that are already in place. This means, more state-owned assets and utilities will be privatized and given to corporations to run (through public-private partnerships), national and local enterprises will be imperiled as tariffs are relaxed for incoming foreign investments and businesses, our environment will be further plundered through destructive large-scale corporate mining and removal of barriers on national patrimony, and national governments will be resigned to serving big businesses through free trade agreements and other provisions under the TPPA.

Neoliberal policies and trade liberalization wreak havoc on economies and societies in all aspects. They intensify the crisis experienced by nations and peoples – massive unemployment through closure of industries, factories and businesses, destruction of agriculture, devastation of the environment, privatization of utilities and basic goods that the governments should in the first place be responsible for. This crisis pushes people to leave their families and home countries behind to find work or greener pastures abroad – only to be further exploited and turned into modern-day slaves. This is the reality of forced labor migration.

As the TPPA broaches enforcement of labor rights protection in its provisions, one casts this with great doubt. For how can workers’ rights be protected when factories and other industries will be transferred from imperialist countries like the United States to underdeveloped countries in Asia Pacific for reasons of cheaper raw materials and labor? How would the TPPA ensure labor security when workers would lose their jobs as others will receive depressed wages and curbed rights?

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On a larger scale, the forerunners of TPPA would overlook migrants’ rights violations so that some countries could participate in the TPPA. Was it not the U.S. government that upgraded the status of Malaysia to Tier 2 from Tier 3 in the former’s Trafficking in Persons report, despite Malaysia’s record of grave human rights violations committed against migrants and refugees? Tenaganita, the leading migrants’ rights institution and member of the IMA in Malaysia, has strongly condemned this move.

With secrecy surrounding the TPPA, it is very clear that the imperialist countries railroading this agreement is geared towards only promoting capitalist interests at the expense of workers and peoples’ rights. As the global economic crisis worsens, imperialism is hell-bent in salvaging its dying economy through imposition of FTAs such as the TPPA.

TPPA is clearly anti-people, anti-worker and anti-migrant. There is nothing in it that will ensure the protection of rights, the uplifting of our already-depressed wages, the insecurity of our work, the discrimination that we experience in the workplace and in society, and the solution to forced migration. There is nothing in it that will ensure us and our family of genuine development, of a prosperous society, and a bright future.

Reference: Eni Lestari, chairperson