It Takes a Community is a campaign initiated by the GFMD Ad Hoc Working Group on Public Narratives on Migration, which is a multi-stakeholder initiative to promote a balanced and evidence-based public narrative on migration. The working group is co-chaired by the Government of Canada, the Government of Ecuador and the GFMD Mayors Mechanism and brings together national governments, cities, businesses, civil society and international organizations. For the full list of members, please consult the GFMD website.

The first phase of the campaign, which took place between fall 2020 and winter 2021, included specific activities around International Migrants Day in 2020 and 2021, as well as dedicated stakeholder “take-overs” organized by the different GFMD Mechanisms and youth.

The take-overs leveraged a broad range of platforms and content types, with activities including live-streamed chats, a photo series featuring impactful quotes, and various social media “challenges.” They highlighted diverse perspectives about the benefits of migration and the importance of fostering a balanced narrative.

A second phase of the campaign will launch in fall 2022 and will last through spring 2023.

Further updates are forthcoming.

Contributions to ITAC phase one:

The first phase of the campaign has been made possible with support from all working group members, with particular thanks to the co-chairs of the working group, as well as the three GFMD Mechanisms (Mayors, Civil Society, and Business) and the Migration Youth & Children Platform, who led stakeholder takeovers and contributed in-kind support to the campaign.

We would also like to thank those who provided additional financial contributions to the campaign, such as:

  • Government of Canada
  • United Cities and Local Governments, through the MC2MC Project
  • International Organization for Migration

This campaign was also possible thanks to the footage courtesy of Welcoming America, City of Mechelen, Talent Beyond Boundaries and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

Contributions to ITAC phase two: information forthcoming.