Given the adverse scenario that migrants face, the Mexican Network, with the support of Oxfam Mexico, convened the Mexico Forum: Opening spaces for dialogue between migrant leaders, civil society and the Mexican government, held from March 13 to 15 in the City of Mexico. The objective of the Mexico Forum was to strengthen the articulation and incidence capacity of migrant organizations, highlighting their role as transnational agents of social and economic development, as well as the contributions they make in the formulation, implementation and monitoring of public policies.
As a process of strengthening migrant leadership, the recommendations and approaches of various forums where the migrant has played specific roles as a growing binational subject were taken up. Special attention was given to the celebration of the results of the 1st Summit of Migrant Communities of Latin America in 2007 and to the recent celebration of the Global Action of the Peoples, the Civil Society Conference and the World Forum on Migration and Development itself, held in 2010; All these spaces for analysis and dialogue provided very valuable inputs for a better understanding of what we migrants are, and in particular, of our immense contributions to the generation of wealth and social welfare in Mexico and the United States.
With the celebration of the Mexico Forum, the organizational and advocacy capacities of migrants achieved substantial progress, having a greater understanding of the priorities on the agenda and strengthening the link with mirror organizations, civil organizations, academics and, above all, progress qualitative in the level of incidence and dialogue with the Mexican government.
The event had the support of 20 organizations, including Federations, Hometown Clubs and community organizations that support migrants, bringing together 34 leaders from 12 states of the Republic, as well as academics, civil society organizations and government officials. Mexican government, to establish agreements that meet the needs and interests of the migrant community.
Representatives of the IFE, INAMI, INDESOL, IME, SAGARPA, SEDESOL, SRE, FIRCO, Deputies and Senators, as well as representatives of the State Migration Institutes of Zacatecas, Michoacán and the government of the state of Guanajuato, analyzed the content and feasibility of the proposals, acknowledging the soundness of the approaches and establishing joint work agreements. The results were seen immediately, by scheduling work meetings between officials and migrants in the short term to fine-tune the scope and strategies to follow.