USCCB Executive Raises Deep Concern on Religious Minorities in Syria and Iraq

William Canny, Executive Director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services, the largest U.S. refugee resettlement agency, hailed the introduction of the bi-partisan Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act on the occasion of a hearing of the US Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission.

Elena, Associate Asylum Expert in Rhodes, Greece

Elena Janniki is one of ICMC’s Associate Asylum Experts currently working at the Regional Asylum Office in Rhodes, Greece. As part of her daily activities, Elena is in charge of making sure that the reception of asylum seekers and their status determination is carried out according to the appropriate procedures and law requirements.

Migration and Citizenship to the Service of People: Advances and Setbacks in the Americas

The paper aims to reflect on the impact of citizenship policies on access to the benefits and responsibilities of a given country. It examines the advances and setbacks in the Americas and how each model benefits or takes away the human rights of the individuals.

The document was released for the first time during the Shadow Meeting organized by the CMS on September 20th in New York, following the UNGA High Level Summit on Refugees and Migrations. It was then distributed during the MADE Americas Regional Event.

Implementing the Migrants in Countries in Crisis Guidelines: A Practitioner’s Perspective

ICMC’s Operations Officer, Thibault Chapoy, brought his practitioner perspective to the high-level panel of speakers at an IOM- sponsored event aimed at discussing the role of the Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) guidelines in advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Pope Francis Calls for Immediate Ceasefire in Syria

Pope Francis, in his strongest appeal to date on the conflict in Syria during the weekly General Audience in St Peter’s Square, called for an immediate ceasefire to allow for the evacuation of civilians. “It is with a sense of urgency that I renew my appeal, begging, with all my strength, those responsible, that steps be taken toward an immediate ceasefire,” the Pope said.

Archbishop Jurkovič Appeals for a Stronger Implementation of the Refugee Convention

On the occasion of the 67th Executive Committee Meeting of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), H.E. Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, the Permanent Representative of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva raised serious concerns as to the increasing refugee displacement that shows as of late no sign of slowing down its pace.

The Bishops Responsible for the Pastoral Care of Migrants Discuss Integration Models in Europe

On 26-27 September, the bishops and delegates responsible for the pastoral care of migrants gathered in Madrid for a meeting convened by the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Europe to discuss potential patterns of integration into the European society. The bishops and delegates acknowledged that the current integration of migrants and refugees is far from being a one-fits-all model as it adjusts according to the needs and capacities of each community.