Zero Remittance day on October 29!

The International Migrants Alliance (IMA) has declared October 29 as “Zero Remittance Day” in protest of the Global Forum on Migration and Development’s (GFMD) exploitative agenda of exacting more profits out of migrant workers.

“The Zero Remittance Day principally takes the GFMD to task for being an elitist, anti-migrant forum aimed to perpetuate the greater commodification of migrants worldwide. All over the globe, the growing migrants’ movement views the GFMD as a sham assembly with the sole objective to consolidate and legitimize attacks on migrants’ rights and welfare,” the IMA said.

The IMA will challenge the GFMD and expose it’s exploitative character in its own assembly on October 28-29 in Manila.

The IMA’s call:

Uphold and protect our rights!

Stop forced migration!

Ensure jobs back home!

End poverty!

Nothing less.

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OFWs urged not to remit on October 29

By Jerome Aning
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 16:14:00 10/19/2008

MANILA, Philippines — Overseas Filipino workers’ groups will join an international “Zero Remittance Day” on October 29, according to a coalition of migrant labor groups.

The International Migrants Alliance, an alliance composed of 112 grassroots migrants’ organizations worldwide, called on migrant workers on Sunday to withhold sending money home for a day to express their opposition to the 2nd Global Forum on Migration that the Philippines has been set to host from Oct. 28 to Oct. 29.

Eni Lestari, IMA’s chair who is now in Manila, said in a statement that member-groups from sending and destination countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong, US, Canada, the Netherlands, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Taiwan, and Australia committed to participate in the activity.

“The Zero Remittance Day principally takes the GFMD to task for being an elitist, anti-migrant forum aimed to perpetuate the greater commodification of migrants worldwide. All over the globe, the growing migrants’ movement views the GFMD as a sham assembly with the sole objective to consolidate and legitimize attacks on migrants’ rights and welfare,” explained Lestari, an Indonesian migrant workers organizer.

Lestari said the GFMD “cannot be expected to become a significant tool to its supposed stakeholders, migrant workers themselves, when it fails to tackle the fundamental problems and issues concerning the unprecedented growing number of migrants.”

IMA will be conducting in Manila its own gathering, the International Assembly of Migrants and Refugees, also on Oct. 28-29, to call for the end of labor export policies, for the creation of jobs at home, and for intensified defense of migrants’ rights.

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