mekong migration network
Asian Migrant Centre and Mekong Migration Network
In 2001, AMC was the initiator in establishing the Mekong Migration Network (MMN) by bringing together over 20 project partners to carry out collaborative research to map out migration policies, issues and responses in the Mekong subregion. AMC has been hosting the MMN Secretariat since it was formally launched in 2003. AMC sees the significance of MMN’s role in protecting and promoting rights of migrants in the Greater Mekong Sub-region, and implements a number of projects in close collaboration with MMN.
Mekong Migration Network (MMN)
Mekong Migration Network (MMN) is a subregional, consultative, and coordinative network of advocates working for the protection and promotion of the welfare, well-being, dignity and human rights of migrants and their families in the GMS.
The MMN advocates for the full recognition, respect, protection and promotion of the dignity, well-being and rights of migrants and their families. The MMN is committed to working toward realising humane, fair and just working conditions as outlined in the ILO standards on “decent work” for all migrants, free from all forms of discrimination.
Members of MMN commit to advocating for the rights of all migrants and their families without discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of class, race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, occupation, immigration status or health status in the GMS.
MMN presently has more than 40 member organisations and carries out a number of dynamic projects.
The priority areas of work for the MMN include the following:
To share and disseminate information concerning migration;
To jointly discuss & analyse migration issues;
To jointly advocate for the full recognition of human rights of all migrants and their families;
To regularly publish materials relating to the issues of migration;
To jointly strategise and plan programmes to address migration issues;
To jointly plan and conduct capacity-building, education, and training for other migrant advocates and policy makers in the GMS; and
To strengthen the MMN as a network of advocates in the GMS through various means including capacity-building of the member organisations.
MMN has carried our various collaborative research projects in the region and published a number of reports, many of which are in collaboration with AMC. For the list of MMN publications, please click here.
Moreover, MMN regularly organises high level multi-stakeholder conferences to discuss various migration issues in the region. For example, the Regional Symposium entitled Migrants from the Mekong Neighbourhood Living Together: Seeking Effective Responses to Enable Integration and Social Cohesion, organised in February 2013 in Bangkok, was attended by more than 70 representatives of governments, academic institutions, international organisations, NGOs and migrant groups from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar/Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, and Yunnan province of China and concluded recommendations jointly developed by participants. Government representatives included senior officials such as Her Excellency Ms. Chou Bun Eng, Secretary of State, Ministry of Interior, Royal Government of Cambodia, His Excellency, Mr. U Myint Thein, Deputy Minister, Myanmar Ministry of Labour, and Mr. Precha Soravisute, General Inspector, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Royal Government of Thailand. In addition to organising this type of high level meetings that provide an excellent opportunity for various stakeholders to discuss key issues, MMN also organises a number of consultation meetings for migrants’ rights advocates to exchange ideas and strategies.
For more information about the MMN, please go to www.mekongmigration.org.