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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.

Migrant Workers and Refugees Rise Up!

by on April 30, 2017
International Migrants Association

01 May 2017

Antonio Arizaga, International Migrants Alliance (IMA) Vice Chairperson
Terry Valen, IMA International Coordinating Body U.S. Representative

Migrant Workers and Refugees Rise Up!

Build solidarity with workers and oppressed and exploited peoples of the world!

The International Migrants Alliance-USA Chapter (IMA-USA) stands with all the workers of the world on May 1st, International Workers’ Day.

Ironically, it was in the United States where International Workers’ Day was initiated. Workers in Chicago started a general strike on May 1, 1886 to demand an 8-hour work day. A few days later, some workers were killed by state forces, prompting the bombing at the Haymarket Square, also known as the Haymarket Massacre. Around the world, International Workers’ Day has been commemorated on May 1, except for North America — the United States and Canada.

In recent years, the workers and migrants rights movement in the United States has reclaimed May 1 as International Workers’ Day. In December 2005, the Border Protection, Anti-Terrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act, also known as H.R. 4437 or Sensenbrenner Bill, was proposed in the 109th United States Congress criminalizing working-class undocumented migrants and those who would be found helping them. This prompted the mobilization of millions of migrant workers into the streets in different parts of the country on May 1, 2006.

As the United States of America enters a new period under the Trump administration in 2017 — a brazenly fascist, racist and anti-im/migrant president — within his first 100 days in office, we have seen his administration attack immigrants, migrant workers, and working-class people of color through his proposed Executive Orders.

Banning of Muslims, heightened raids in communities, profiling people of color in different parts of the country, continuous deportation of migrants and his plans of building the wall at the Mexican border are only the beginning of his open anti-im/migrant attacks. Trump has also made clear in his pronouncements that refugees are not welcome to the United States.

As migrant workers and refugees, we have long been forcibly displaced victims of the ravages of U.S. Imperialism. With its huge demand for cheap labor to sustain its capitalist needs, to the imperialist and proxy wars that the U.S. has been waging all over the world, displacing peoples from their home countries and resulting in forced migration and the current refugee crisis, Trump has only intensified the U.S. imperialist crises in different global regions. We can expect Trump to continue the horrendous legacy of past U.S. presidents, but we predict he will only worsen these problems, including the climate crisis as a professed climate change denier.

In this light, we call on all migrant workers and refugees to stand up against this new face of U.S. imperialism, still the most powerful among the world super-powers. Trump has pitted the U.S. working class against migrant workers and refugees, and so we must strive to create bridges, not bans or walls, to connect our struggles together.

We must build the broadest alliances and mass movements with the working-class peoples and the most oppressed and exploited communities around the world, forging strong international solidarity to resist the neoliberal policies advanced by U.S. imperialism and its representatives across the globe.

This May Day 2017, just like when it was called for in 1886, we support the calls for a general strike and to shut down businesses who do not support the struggles of the working-class, whether migrants, people of color and/or U.S.-born.

A tyrant can only be defeated by the people’s collective voices, efforts and power.  Let us march together as IMA-USA and advance people’s movements and struggles to greater heights!

Migrant workers, refugees, and workers of the world unite!

No to deportations! No bans! No walls! No to U.S. imperialist wars!


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!