Migrants Matter is a European and international advocacy campain aimed at improving the conditions for migrants workers.
How it all started
We are a group of former students from more than 40 different countries who came together during the European Master’s degree programme (E.MA) in Human Rights and Democratisation. We have decided to take action on this by pulling together and launching a campaign for better protection of their rights.
Because of our wide network, we are uniquely placed to build pressure across Europe to push for migrants’ rights to be a part of the European agenda. We are starting out by focusing on advocating the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, (ICMW) which has not been ratified by any EU Member States to date. We believe that the ICMW can provide an international framework of protection of their rights and the rights of their families.
We aim to improve conditions for migrants iworkers through developing awareness and lobbying for effectual policy, specifically through promoting the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.
Current activities and status
Migrants Matter has grown considerably during the years. We have carried out a 'Silent Walk for Migrants' along the streets of Venice on 18 December (International Migrants' Day), written and published several articles on our blog on migration-related issues, gathered more than 100 pictures from all over the world showing support for migrants' rights, as well realised an illustrated booklet aimed at explaining the ICMW with a simple and accessible language. All our main achievements are listed here: http://www.migrantsmatter.org/our-accomplishments.html
We are committed to building a different kind of European Union, one where the honest work of all people is valued, and where socially conscious words are followed by actions that demonstrate coherence and integrity.
We carry out lobbying, blogging, and targeted actions to work towards realising our aims. Widespread ratification of the ICMW would be an important step towards the establishment of an international framework of protection and support, indispensible in an increasingly globalised community.
Would you like to contribute to this project?
This project is looking for people who can help with fundraising, translations, writing and editing. If you are interested in contributing to the cause, feel free to contact the organisers (on the right side) through your GCA profile!