For a long time, others spoke on our behalf.
Now we speak for ourselves."
Under this dictum, grassroots migrant organizations from different parts of the world worked to build the International Migrants Alliance -- the first global alliance from the grassroots. With the establishment of the IMA, foreign workers who labor in factories, in agricultural fields, in households, in sweatshops, in restaurants, and in almost all other fields now have a voice that they can truly say is their own.
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.
- Deepen the perspective and understanding through the root causes of migration, its direct consequences and other related issues and problems, and the role of imperialism and governments and international institutions in the process of labor-export and forced migration, support struggles for fundamental change and genuine development in labor exporting countries.
- Generate campaigns, opposition and action against human rights violations, abuses and violence committed against migrants, immigrants, and refugees and to gather support for this cause.
- Harness and continuously strengthen international cooperation and mutual support among the migrant and immigrant organizations in sharing strategies of resistance and in searching for solutions to the worsening problem of labor-export and forced migration brought by imperialist globalization.
- Encourage coordination and cooperation in the national level and regional levels of im/migrants' organizations -- in the form of joint activies, coalition-building or establishing coordinating bodies -- to undertake campaigns for the protection of their rights and welfare and strengthening their organizational capacities.
- To establish support structures and networks and maximize the use of existing ones to organize and assist migrant workers, immigrants, and refugees in receiving and sending countries who are in need and who have problems.
- To develop a genuine international anti-imperialist and pro-migrant advocacy network among various professionals, academicians, and other citizen's groups. Support the strengthening and organizing of immigrant groups and enhance advocacy work to change policies and laws. To expose reactionary migrant groups in the service of imperialism.
- Campaigns and Mobilizations
- Education and Information
- International Advocacy
- Organizational Expansion
The General Program of Action (GPOA) of IMA for the next three years (2008-2011) to coincide with the next Assembly. Generally, the stress will be on deepening the understanding and grasp of IMA's basis of unity as expressed in the Preamble and Aims and Purposes of our Constitution.