On 26-27 May 2014, the International Catholic Migration Commission met in Rome with Bishops Conferences worldwide to discuss the role of the Church in helping vulnerable people on the move. During a time when European nations increasingly vote for anti-immigration and far right parties, champions are needed to turn back the tide of xenophobia. Pope Francis has stepped up as a champion for the migrant, and speaks of creating a more hospitable world for people on the move.
UNHCR recently embarked on a “journey of mutual discovery” with faith-based organizations by exploring the role of faith in humanitarian responses. The fifth High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges, held in December 2012 on the theme of Faith and Protection, assembled over 400 representatives of faith-based organizations, faith leaders and other partners for a two-day discussion in Geneva on partnership with faith-based actors. The resulting report, “Partnership Note on faith-based organizations, local faith communities and faith leaders”, investigates the role that religious organizations can play in protecting the most vulnerable.
In order to inspire creative solutions and new initiatives in housing for refugee resettlement, ICMC Europe and the North West Gateway Resettlement Partnership of the UK announce the publication of “A Place to Live, a Place to Stay: A Good Practice Guide for Housing in Refugee Resettlement”.
The publication is produced in the framework of the SHARE Network, an ICMC-led initiative to build a network of European regions, cities and their civil society partners involved in and/or with a commitment to refugee resettlement, integration and protection.