ICMC’s member, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued a pastoral reflection in solidarity with those forced to flee their homes due to escalating violence. The bishops encouraged people in the United States to do as much as they can to welcome and help integrate migrants and refugees who seek to build a new life in the country.
The Canadian Government, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) are joining forces to ensure that the world’s most vulnerable refugees can find protection and safety by being resettled to countries willing to welcome them.
Professors, politicians, NGO workers, and students came together to discuss issues of forced migration on the occasion of the second conference in the Poverty and Peacemaking series, “Seeking Refuge: Faith-Based Approaches to Forced Migration”, held at Princeton University. ICMC’s Head of U.S. Office, Jane Bloom, was among the attendees and gave a talk providing several examples of politicization of migration.
Taking the floor at the Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on Migrants held during the 34th session of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, The International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) voiced deep concerns at the worrisome trends of several countries rejecting migrants and refugees and even returning people who seek protection to their home countries.
Shima* is a survivor of early marriage and sexual violence. A 30-year-old from Homms, Syria, she left her country for Jordan in 2012, due to the ongoing conflict. After years of suffering from social stigmatization, she finally sees herself as ‘an equal’.
More than 160 organisations from more than 20 countries called on EU heads of states and government to uphold the founding values and principles of the European Union and take leadership by showing solidarity with refugees and migrants, ahead of the Council Meeting taking place 9-10 March.
On the backdrop of a dramatic international context where minors are too often bearing the consequences of mass migratory movements, the Holy See, ICMC, and Caritas Internationalis convened an event on 15 March on the side of the 34th United Nations Human Rights Council, aiming to address the many challenges faced by unaccompanied children on the move.
Andrew Galea Debono is an ICMC Resettlement Deployment Scheme staff member based in the Bujumbura where he’s working in collaboration with UNHCR. Like many other ICMC experts assigned to 60 UNHCR offices worldwide, he’s in charge of identifying vulnerable refugees who are eligible for resettlement to a third country. In this piece, he tells us about his incredible experience working in DRC.
A new article showcasing ICMC’s extensive historical involvement in the resettlement of refugees has been recently published in Forced Migration Review, a triannual publication on refugee, internal displacement, and statelessness issues, produced by the Refugee Studies Centre of the Oxford Department of International Development (University of Oxford).
ICMC Governing Committee member and former Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, recently visited the ICMC office in Amman, Jordan.