WHO WE ARE
Amid the large flows of refugees and migrants from and to the MENA region, the Cross-Regional Center for Refugees and Migrants was established to deepen exchange in the Euro Mediterranean and Arab Regions. The Cross-Regional Center for Refugees and Migrants is comprised of active refugee and migrant rights organizations.
The Cross Regional Center for Refugees and migrants works to combat racism and xenophobia, promote the rights of refugees and migrants, to unify standards and language around the rights of these categories and to be all inclusive. The Center also works to foster experience sharing, dialogue and cooperation between Civil Society Organizations in Euro-Mediterranean countries and the Arab world. The Center works to amplify the local, regional, and international advocacy work on refugees and migrants. The Center in its mission pays particular attention to vulnerable groups of refugees and migrants prioritizing women and children.
The Cross-Regional Center for Refugees and Migrants (CCRM) firmly believes that refugees and migrants hold inherent and inalienable rights, recognized by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and other international instruments, and that the enjoyment of those rights ought to be universal and not contingent on geography, culture, religion, or legal status.
OUR GOALS AND HOW WE WILL
WORK TOWARDS THEM
The Cross Regional Center for Refugees and Migrants pursues the following goals:
1- Combating racism and xenophobia against migrants, refugees and children on the move both in laws and application across the Euro-Mediterranean and Arab regions by:
i) Advocating for migration and reception policies that are just, based in principles of human rights and which acknowledge one’s right to leave his/her own country of origin and do not discriminate on the basis of national origin, race, religion or any other criterion.
ii) Working towards ensuring that all children affected by migration in the Euro-Mediterranean and Arab regions are afforded the same rights regardless of immigration status.
2- Working on unifying and harmonizing the standards for refugees, migrants, and children on the move in the region with international standards by:
i) Advocating for a standardized, unified migration and reception policy across both sides of the Mediterranean and the Arab region that respects and protects refugees and migrant workers’ human and labor rights.
ii) Building consensus on the need for more safe and regular channels for migration, especially for labor migration, that cuts across all skill levels.
iii) Fighting the administrative detention of refugees, migrants and children by focusing on evidence based advocacy and building consensus around alternatives to detention.
iv) Working on mainstreaming the nine recommended principles on children on the move into national and regional discussions.
3- Working on unifying and harmonizing the region’s language on refugees, migrants and children on the move with international standards by:
i) Working on incorporating a standardized and unified language and vocabulary across the region in all discussions on refugees, migrants, and children on the move, which recognizes these groups as right bearers, that must be treated in dignity and respect and whose human rights must be upheld.
4- Advocating for the rights of refugees, migrants and children on the move on a national, regional and international level and ensuring a balanced and diverse representation of the region by:
i) Encouraging and ensuring the grassroots representation of groups of refugees, migrants and children on the move as well as national level civil society organizations in all platforms and levels of dialogue.
ii) Building the capacity of national actors on advocacy on refugees, migrants, and children on the move.
iii) Ensuring the inclusion of a diverse regional perspective cutting across different national, economic and gender perspectives.
iv) Bridging children’s rights across regional discussions on refugee and migrant rights and working towards cross-cutting discussions of children across all migration issues in the region.
v) Building alliances with different regions and different regional actors working on refugee and migrant issues.
vi) Building alliances with child rights actors in the region and beyond.
vii) Strengthening and intensifying existing links and connections with relevant initiatives operating at the global level, most importantly the Destination Unknown Campaign and Child’s Rights in the Global Compacts initiative.
viii) Strengthening and intensifying existing links with actors and initiatives operating at the global level and working together two Global Compacts and other important international policy platforms.