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Established in June 2008, the IMA was founded by 108 organizations from 25 countries and composed mainly of grassroots migrant’s groups. Thirty-two (32) NGOs and institutions that provide services to migrants took part in the founding assembly.

IMA is a broad international alliance composed of progressive and anti-imperialist migrant organizations of different nationalities. It is unified under a clear Basis of Unity and General Program of Action.

Currently, IMA is present in almost all major global regions: Asia, Oceania, Latin America, North America, Africa, Middle East, and Europe. Its International Secretariat is based in Hong Kong.

Trump’s executive orders are racist, anti-migrant, anti-refugee

by on January 30, 2017

Trump’s executive orders are racist, anti-migrant, anti-refugee

A step towards a more xenophobic America?

This is the question that the International Migrants Alliance poses as it criticizes the recent moves of US President Donald Trump to further restrict immigration in the United States through executive orders he has signed in his first week of office.

Trump recently ordered a four-month suspension of its refugee program while limiting entry through more rigorous processes for asylum seekers and refugees coming from seven Muslim-majority countries to “keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America.” Those of Christian religion however, are extended exemption.

Earlier in the week, Trump ordered the immediate construction of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

According to IMA chairperson Eni Lestari, Trump, through his executive orders and pronouncements, is only fanning the flames of anti-Islamism, racial hate, ostracism, and bigotry that are fast spreading throughout America.

“By alluding to those believing in Islam as possible terrorists, Trump justifies racism and his actions encouraging more racial conflict and divide. He brings the ‘with us or against us’ mantra of the George W. Bush presidency, a presidency known for waging the war of invasion on Iraq,” Lestari stated.

According to Lestari, it is tragic that a country of migrants and refugees, the country where the global compact for migrants and refugees was agreed upon by states, peoples’ organizations and various stakeholders in 2016, will have a president who will champion racism and discrimination instead of solidarity and unity.

IMA expresses urgent concern for the safety and security of the Muslim-Americans as well as other people of color residing in the U.S. “Such statements from the current president could only encourage attacks on Muslim Americans and many others who will fit this racial profile. Not only that, these statements could lead into more oppressive state-instigated actions, which include immigrant arrests, crackdowns and deportation,” Lestari added.

IMA expresses solidarity with its member organizations based in the U.S. as well as many organizations and individuals who joined the Women’s March and expressed opposition to Trump’s anti-migrant statements and policies.

“With his policies and orders, the Trump presidency poses a threat to solidarity, racial understanding and justice that many of us uphold and promote. We will not allow this to happen. IMA will mobilize its member organizations in the U.S. and all over the world in protesting against this most hated policy of a racist and anti-woman president of the U.S.A.” concluded Lestari.


Eni Lestari, IMA Chairperson

International Migrants Alliance Info-Session on the UN High Level Dialogue and Mobilization to End Forced Migration

by on September 9, 2016


The International Migrants’ Alliance (IMA) is the first-ever global alliance of organizations of grassroots migrants, refugees and displaced peoples.  Established in June 2008, the IMA aims to strengthen and put forward the voice of the grassroots migrants on issues affecting them and their families. From issues of remittance to rights and welfare to the resolution of forced labor migration, the IMA lays down its analysis from the grassroots migrants’ point of view and challenges the current system and its mechanisms like the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).

Coinciding with the UN High Level Dialogues taking place in New York, IMA will be holding a mobilization to end forced migration and resist imperialist globalization, on Sunday, September 18, at 4PM, assembly at Times Square, on 43rd Street and 7th Avenue. While heads of states and executives of corporations have attended these dialogues to form policies about migration and development in the interest of profit, and impacting the lives of migrant workers and their families from the Global South, they have not included migrant worker voices.

The International Migrants Alliance (IMA) presents an alternative to the analyses of the UN High Level Dialogues, a more transformative framework on migration & development based on and driven by human rights. The International Migrants Alliance (IMA) demands an end to massive displacement of people, abuse, exploitation, discrimination, human rights violations, and even death of migrants and refugees caused by the neoliberal policies of imperialist U.S.

Please join IMA on September 18, 4PM, at Times Square, to mobilize and march for migrants and workers. Let us call an end to forced migration and resist imperialist globalization!

To learn more about the UN High Level Dialogue (HLD) and the International Migrants Alliance, please join us in an info-session on Friday, September 9, from 7PM-9PM, at San Damiano Hall, at St. Francis of Assisi, 129 West 31st Street, New York, NY 10001. Please see our attached flyer for the info-session, march and rally.

If you have any questions, please contact Jonna Baldres at 646-587-7390 or Antonio Arizaga at 862-227-6265, email us at, or visit our Facebook page

Thank you very much!

IMA and CPGSD on the Refugee Crisis

by on September 8, 2015

Let the pictures break not only hearts, but also barriers to rights

Migrant Child

A spectre is haunting Europe and it’s the spectre of refugees fleeing from their war-torn homes only to find death on the sea and not safety on the land.

The picture of three-year old Syrian child, Aylan Kurdi, face down and lifeless after trying to cross to Greece has been making the rounds of alternative and mainstream media. It moved people, as it must. It called for change, as it should.

For weeks, countries in Europe have been besieged with criticisms from its own people as governments either take hardline stance against or dilly-dally in taking in refugees and providing them the protection, services and haven that international and even EU agreements mandate them to give.

The capsizing of the boat carrying Aylan, and another one carrying other refugees, was the latest proof of the vulnerabilities of displaced people. A few weeks ago, two boats from Libya carrying 500 people trying to get to Europe also capsized in the Mediterranean Sea and reportedly killed 400. This year alone, the United Nations estimated that 2,400 already died trying to get past the treacherous waters of the Mediterranean. Meanwhile, who can forget the Rohingyas and Bangladeshis from Myanmar who were also stranded at sea and refused entry by countries in Southeast Asia?

Closing borders and heightened restriction in the entry of foreign nationals – be they refugees fleeing from wars and hunger or migrants displaced by economic hardships and also political strife – is a trend that is slowly creeping not only into Europe but also in other countries that are destinations of those forcibly displaced from their country of birth.

States use the phantoms of jobs scarcity and scramble for dwindling resources and services to justify clamping down on refugee and migration flows. As economic and other crises rage with so-called recovery sluggish or is reserved for corporations and the business sector, refugees and migrants are still being used as convenient scapegoats to blur, if not totally skip over, the reality that skewed economic policies are at the root of problems faced by people in countries hosting refugees and migrants.

The same neoliberal-driven economics that uphold labor expert, coupled by wars and political strife, is what also drives millions of people from their own homeland to seek a more safe and secure life.

This month, the United Nations General Assembly is set to meet and chart the path to development for the next 15 years. It cannot be emphasized enough that the displacement of people due to economic or political causes – the 232 million migrants and 19.5 million refugees – is an issue of holistic development that should respect the comprehensive rights of the people.

When the two boats from Libya capsized, Amb. Macharia Kamau of Kenya who co-chaired the post-2015 development agenda negotiations said that how the migrants crisis is being handled is not the way “to transform the world towards 2030.” It definitely is not.

The post-2015 development agenda promises to leave no one behind. If governments are sincere about this, there should be no more Aylans left behind to suffer hardships or wash up lifeless in foreign shores.

Let the tragic pictures of the death of children not only break our hearts, but also the walls of exclusion and inhumane migration and refugee policies that do not respect the fundamental rights of people already forcibly displaced by economic want and wars.

Eni Lestari

International Migrants Alliance (IMA)/ Campaign for People’s Goals for Sustainable Development (CPGSD)