Statement of the International Catholic Migration Commission to the un committee on Migrant Workers

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Statement of the International Catholic Migration Commission

to the UN Committee on Migrant Workers

Delivered during the Ninth Session, 25 November 2008

For discussion of issues and questions regarding

The first report to the Committee by the Philippines (CMW/C/PHL/1)
The International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) welcomes the first report submitted to the Committee on Migrant Workers by the Philippines in accordance with its obligations as a State party to the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (hereafter referred to as “the Convention” or “the Migrant Workers’ Convention”).
We note the exemplary scope and depth of the report — a veritable model for other State parties to the Convention —and observe further that the attention devoted to the preparation of this report by the government of the Philippines and others involved in its preparation reflects the growing and responsible leadership role that the Philippines has exercised in regional and global consideration of labour migration issues in recent years, including hosting the second Global Forum on Migration and Development in Manila last month, in which efforts were made to ensure a rights-centered approach to migration and development issues and policies.
We appreciate this opportunity to share with the Committee questions and concerns generated from our analysis of the report, including perspectives and experiences of ICMC members and partners working directly with migrants and their families on the ground in the Philippines, throughout Asia, the Middle East and other countries. The Catholic Church, and ICMC members in particular, are heavily engaged in migration-related programming: coordinating and supporting: migrants’ desks; parish-based Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) groups; school-based Sons and Daughters of OFW groups; provision of direct paralegal and family counseling services; provision of entrepreneurship and economic activities and migrants rights advocacy work, to name but a few.

In the same way that the Migrant Workers’ Convention relates both to non-Filipino nationals and members of their families working in the Philippines and Filipino citizens who have migrated to other countries, so too do the following perspectives and concerns.

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