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The Global Migration Group

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The GMG is the inter-agency body in the field of migration, bringing together 16 UN agencies and other international entities – to promote wider application of all relevant legal instruments and greater coherence in the international response to migration. OHCHR is a founding member of the GMG, which was established by the United Nations’ Secretary-General in early 2006 following a recommendation of the Global Commission on International Migration.

The GMG’s focus on the human rights of migrants, particularly those in an irregular situation, under the OHCHR chairpersonship has led to increased awareness of migrants’ rights. Through the GMG, OHCHR has promoted a human rights-based approach to migration within the UN system and beyond.

Human Rights of Migrants in an Irregular Situation
The GMG’s focus on the human rights of migrants, particularly those in an irregular situation, under the OHCHR chairpersonship has led to increased awareness of migrants’ rights. The GMG Principals, on 30 September 2010, adopted a landmark joint statement calling for the protection of the human rights of migrants in an irregular situation. It was followed by a full-day GMG experts meeting on the same subject organized by OHCHR in October which also generated policy recommendations.

Introduction

The Global Migration Group (GMG) is an inter-agency group bringing together heads of agencies which seeks to promote the wider application of all relevant international and regional instruments and norms relating to migration, and to encourage the adoption of more coherent, comprehensive and better coordinated approaches to the issue of international migration. The GMG is particularly concerned to improve the overall effectiveness of its members and other stakeholders in captializing upon the opportunities and responding to the challenges presented by international migration.

This information note provides an overview of the GMG, its membership and Terms of Reference. The note summarizes the issues which are of current interest to the GMG and provides a short summary of the work undertaken by each GMG member in the field of international migration.

History

The GMG was established by the United Nations Secretary-General in early 2006 in response to a recommendation of the Global Commission on International Migration for the establishment of a high-level inter-institutional group of agencies involved in migration-related activities. T he GMG was created by building on an existing inter-agency group with a more limited membership, the Geneva Migration Group, which was established in April 2003.

The GMG meets at regular intervals. The Chair is held on a rotating basis by the executive heads of its member organizations. The first meeting of the GMG took place on 9 May 2006 and was chaired by Secretary General of UNCTAD. All GMG members have contributed actively to preparations for the 2006 General Assembly High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development.