The Holy See along with the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC), Caritas Internationalis and the Center for Migration Studies of New York hosted a side event yesterday at the UN headquarters in New York City to further expand upon the commitments made by Member States in the New York Declaration, and in particular to address the drivers of forced migration and the right to remain in one’s homeland.
Amira* and her family fled Dara’a, southern Syria, at the outbreak of violence in 2011 to seek refuge in Irbid, northern Jordan. During the first four years in the city, both Amira and her husband, Ahmed*, found an opportunity to work and could thus afford to pay the rent for their lodging. Later on, the family faced a dire financial situation. Sadly, Ahmed developed a physical disability and was no longer able to work or support his family.
During the first Thematic Session of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, MADE Network’s Advocacy Officer, Emer Groarke, reiterated the necessity for human rights to be central to the Global Compact process, with a clear focus on the rights of vulnerable migrants in particular.
Throughout 2016, ICMC offered health assistance to 24,000 displaced people in war-torn Syria, supported 9,570 refugees in their resettlement process to the United States, and coordinated the advocacy activities of civil society organizations all around the globe. These are just some of the many achievements presented in ICMC’s latest annual report, published today and already available for download on the website.
From 1981 to 1993, Marilyn Fortaleza Omalin worked for ICMC as an English language and Cultural Orientation teacher at the Philippines Refugee Processing Center in Morong, Bataan. In that period, ICMC used to support South-East Asian refugees who had fled conflict in their resettlement process to Canada or the United States.
The Vatican’s newly-established Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, operational as of January 2017, includes a section on Migrants and Refugees, which recently launched a new website available in five languages, to highlight the Church’s efforts to ensure that those forced to flee are not left behind.