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.






The Cross Regional Center for Refugees and Migrants pursues the following goals:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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November 6, 2017 / Featured News

CCRM organizes the Middle East and North Africa civil society consultation on the Global Compact on Migration

On the 24-25 of August 2017, Civil Society in the Middle East and North Africa met in Beirut to discuss...
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November 5, 2017 / Featured News

GCC countries Civil Society Consultation on the Global Compact on Migration

The Cross Regional Center for Refugees and Migrants (CCRM) in partnership with the Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) organized a...
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July 25, 2017 / Featured News

CCRM Network meeting, July 24-25, 2017

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ESCWA – MENA civil society consultations
Oct 4 @ 4:18 pm – 5:18 pm

عرض الأمين العام للمركز عبر الإقليمي للاجئين والمهاجرين شارل نصرالله لابرز نتائج مشاورات المجتمع المدني للشرق الأوسط وشمال افريقيا حول الاتفاق العالمي للمهاجرين، في اللقاء التشاوري الإقليمي الحكومي – الأسكوا -بيروت .

The Secretary General of the CCRM Charles Nasrallah presenting the results of the MENA civil society consultations on the Global Compact for Migration, during the MENA government consultations at ESCWA-Beiru

MENA Civil Society Consultation
Oct 11 all-day

CCRM reporting on the outcomes of mena civil society consultation At the multi stakeholders hearing on the Global Compact on Migration in Geneva.


International Migrants Day: Global Celebration of Our Rights and Our Struggle for Justice
Dec 18 all-day

On the occasion of 18 December, which marks International Migrants Day and the two-year anniversary of the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (GCM), Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA), Cross Regional Center for Refugees and Migrants (CCRM), Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism (GRFDT), and the Civil Society Action Committee (AC) are organizing “International Migrants Day: Global Celebration of Our Rights and Our Struggle for Justice”.

The event is co-organized in collaboration with a large number of civil society organizations, trade unions and migrants rights advocates across the globe and will feature a full-day program reflecting the most important issues in migration today. It will be on 18 December 2020 (Friday) and will be held throughout the day from 6:00PM-7:00AM (GMT+8) / 2:00PM-3:00AM (GST) / 15:01:00AM-12:00PM (CET) / 5:00AM-6:00AM (ET).

IMD flyer and program



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