International Migrants Alliance (IMA), an alliance of migrants composed of 112 organizations worldwide will declare October 29, 2008 as a “Zero Remittance Day" to signify its opposition to “forced migration and systematic exploitation of cheap labor."
The symbolic protest action would coincide with the opening of the Global Forum on Migrant Development (GFMD) that would be hosted by the Philippines in Manila.
GFMD 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.
Through the Zero Remittance Day, the organizations would be sending out united message of protest from millions of migrants worldwide “who are forced to leave their homelands and subject themselves to cheap labor and exploitation out of desperation."